Bored? You shouldn't be, not with these bars and cafés where you can challenge your mates over a pizza or pad krapao.
This videogame lounge offers a spacious electronic playground for gamers of all levels. Available consoles include PS4, Xbox One and Wii U with games including Destiny, FIFA 15, Just Dance 4 and Mario Kart 8. You can play PC games online using Steam, Origin and Garena. There are also board games, a pool table and, arguably the highlight, burgers by Daniel Thaiger.
Liberty Plaza, Sukhumvit Soi 55, 02-170-7684. Open daily 11-2am. BTS Phrom Pong. www.gameover.co.th
Run by a board game importer and distributor, Ninive Game Store offers more than 1,500 games to play for free, most notably Germany’s The Settlers of Catan. Not only does Ninive officially import the game (and produce its Thai versions), they also hold the Thailand Catan Championship to select a gamer to attend the world championship in Germany. Wood-fired pizza is also available.
1108/13-14 Sukumvit Plus Soi 1, 084-763-1980, 081-809-1767. Open daily 2pm-1am. BTS Phra Khanong. www.ninivegames.com
This cozy place aims to be a sanctuary for hobbyists of all kinds, including gamers. Curl up in a corner with your friends, classic games like Bingo, UNO, Monopoly and Scrabble, and enjoy a cup of their freshly brewed coffee. They also serve all-day-breakfast, bakery items, Italian sodas and smoothies.
1326 Charoenkrung Rd., 086-619-8446. Open Mon-Fri 7am-8pm; Sat 9am-8pm. BTS Saphan Taksin.
Situated right in the heart of hi-so Phloen Chit, you’ll find this two-story building full of board-game geeks. Meeples & More Game Café offers more than 60 games, including Dixit and Ticket to Ride, at B50/hr and B150/day if you decide to stay longer than three hours. While you’re there, enjoy classic Thai dishes like fried rice and pad krapao (both B120) as well as snacks (starting B80). Be sure to reserve your seats on the weekend.
Ruamrudee Village, Phloen Chit Rd., 02-651-4349, 081-721-6008. Open Tue-Sun 11am-11pm. BTS Phloen Chit. www.fb.com/meeplesandmore
As a board-game collector who wanted to share his passion with others, Supaspong Angsuvarnsiri opened Kopi-O Board Game Café, aimed not only at kids and families but also advanced gamers. The café offers more than 800 games, including rare ones like the 10th anniversary Star Wars Miniature Game, which you can play for B40 an hour.
160/3 Sukhumvit Soi 33, 02-258-5580. Open Mon 6am-10pm; Tue-Sat 10am-10pm; Sun 12pm-10pm. BTS Phrom Phong. www.fb.com/kopioboardgame