The Best Board Game Stores in New York, LA, SF, Chicago, Denver, & Seattle

Even if the title is a mouthful, it is deserving as there are some epic board game stores across the US in top cities like NY, LA, SF, Chicago, Denver & Seattle across the US. Every store has their own unique brand and flair so there is lots to offer across the game table, I mean, err, board.

New York City, Brooklyn & Queens

The Compleat Strategist

This game store has been around for over 40 years, est. in 1975, and has been called ‘the mecca of gaming’ located in the heart of the city near the Empire State building. 11 E 33rd St, New York, NY 10016

Twenty Sided Store

The Village Voice called this cute stand alone store the best game shop in New York. With frequent curated game events and a selection to meet any of your gaming needs. 362 Grand Street, Brooklyn, NY 1121

Geekery HQ
With high quality game stores in NYC and Brooklyn, we couldn’t leave Queens out of the mix; Geekery HQ is your local game shop where gamers x happy place meet, with a “library” list of their games, this stores is certainly playing to my gaming needs. 42-11 Broadway. Astoria, NY 11103

Los Angeles

Next-Gen

As an avid player myself and a frequenter of the game night at Next-Gen, there’s a reason this local store is on the list. With a location in the middle of the city and a selection that can’t be beat, you won’t leave empty handed. 5360 Wilshire Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90036

Mega City One

With parking, tons of great events on the calendar, a user friendly website, and a wide collection of graphic novels in addition to board games (and a guarantee to beat Amazon’s pricing on the homepage) this store has a personality that is reflected in the quality of the games. 7301 Melrose Ave. Los Angeles, CA 90046

Turn Zero Games

Los Angelenos can consider themselves lucky to have three centrally located and well-stocked game stores in the vicinity of a city sprawl. With events, tournaments, and open gaming, and large collection of Magic the Gathering cards, Turn Zero Games seems to have found their crowd. 959 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90010

San Francisco & Berkeley

Games of Berkeley

The creator of Dominion plays here (or at least did when I was living in the Bay Area) at the weekly Tabletop Thursdays event. A nice new space, tons of events including D&D, Magic, Pathfinder, and the standard board game evenings, this game store in the East Bay knows how to build a game community. 2510 Durant Avenue. Berkeley, California 94704

Gamescape

Conveniently located on Divisadero, a neighborhood built up over the past decade, this store is easy to visit when you desperately need a new game for board game night with your friends. The staff is friendly, and events are 7 days a week and easy to find on their website. 333 Divisadero St, San Francisco, CA 94117

Chicago

The Gaming Goat

With a mission to create happiness and joy for people of all ages, races, and incomes by providing a place people to come together, and with over 16 owners in the Illinois area, this is an absolute must visit for Chicagoland board game lovers, and one that can’t be beat.

Good Games Chicago

With a location in Chicago and Indiana, Good Games has a full calendar of events and the latest in terms of product reviews and game related news. 1145 W Webster Ave. Chicago, Illinois 60614

Dice Dojo

Having been in Chicago for over 7 years, and host to many board gaming groups in the area, Dice Dojo has won the hearts of many gamers. With frequent events, and over 800 titles to select from as well as personable staff, you’ll surely learn something on your visit. 5550 N. Broadway, Chicago, IL 60640

Seattle

Blue Highway Games

The locals favorite, Blue Highway has a comprehensive website, including Featured Products and Prices, and Spotlight items. Events are extra special with Beer & Board games (not to be missed!), and a Board Game Challenge that’s been running for years with prizes and a coveted place on the trophy wall. 2203 Queen Anne Ave. N.Seattle, WA 98109

Phoenix Comics and Games

Phoenix Comics and Games has both comics and games, and open gaming 2 nights a week, which is super generous. The owners encourage people of all ages to come by, and meet some cool artists and writers, and be a part of their artistic and gaming community. 113 Broadway Ave E., Seattle WA 98103

Denver

Denver Central Games

A local’s favorite store with trending updates on their website, and gaming events every night of the week including Monday Board Games, PLUS tons of specials including 10% of all board games, this store invests in their community. 6831 W 120th Ave. Suite C. Broomfield, CO 80020

 

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