Thirsty Meeples Board Game Café
Oxford’s first and only board game café, located in the heart of the city.
Open till late every night - now licensed! Over 2,500 games and counting.....

How It Works

Welcome!

Thirsty Meeples is a board game café. We’re not a café in the regular sense, sure we’ll make you a fantastic coffee and serve up a tasty sandwich, but what we’re really all about is sharing the love of board games. You can come to the board game café from morning to midnight and play as many games as you want from our game library. Our food and drink menu is there to keep you refreshed whilst you play!

There are over 2,500 titles available to buy both in our café and even more here on-line. We stock all your favourite games as well as the newest releases. If we don’t have the game you really want we’ll do our very best to track down a copy on your behalf.

We also host events such as tournaments, talks from game designers, game testing nights and promotions. Keep on eye on our ‘News’ page or follow us on Twitter & Facebook.

So, how does it work?

You pay a cover charge, and then you’re free to play as many games as you want. Just pick a game off the shelf in our board game library, take it to your table and enjoy! Our games are organised by genre to help orientate you - see our ‘Our Games’ page for the different genres together with a brief description for each.

Within the café there are Game Gurus who can help find the right game for you depending on your level of experience, the number of players in your group, the type of games you enjoy and how much time you have available. The Game Guru can also help with setting up the game, and most importantly can help to explain the rules. Through the Game Gurus we aim to share our passion and love of board games.

We even provide a table service so you don’t need to leave your table to order drinks and food!

The majority of games available in the shop can be played in the café, so you really can try before you buy. And, if you just wanted to pop in and buy a game then you can, the cover charge only applies for those sitting down to spend time playing games from our board game library. Due to space limitations not all the game expansions we sell are playable in the café, but some can be added if there is sufficient demand.

Whether you visit us to play some games, buy some games or do a bit of both then we really look forward to meeting you. Board games are a fantastic way of connecting and sharing with people.

Cover charge:
£5 per person / £4 per child (12 years or under) for 3 hours. If we’re quiet then you’re welcome to stay for longer.

But! For customers who choose not to purchase items from our Food & Drink Menu a cover charge of £6 (adults) / £5 (children) will apply.

Please note: All children 12 and under must be accompanied by an adult.

Opening Times:
We’re open Monday - Friday 11am till late, Saturday 9am till late, and Sunday 9am to 11pm. No new admissions after 11pm (10pm Sundays).

Book your table

From about 12pm every weekend Thirsty Meeples is full to the brim with people enjoying our games! So to avoid disappointment we advise to book a table ahead of time. The best way to book a table is to call us on 01865 244247.

For groups of 5 or more we require a deposit of £5 per person to confirm your booking. The deposit will be offset against your final table bill for each person attending.