Thirsty Meeples Board Game Cafe in Oxford

January 4th, 2018 / / No Comments »

Thirsty Meeples Board Game Cafe

If you are looking for something unusual to do in Oxford, then check out this board game cafe set in the heart of oxford City Centre. Thirsty Meeples joined the barrage of cafes available to Oxford visitors in 2013 but what sets this pit stop apart is the 2000 board games loaded against the walls.  This attraction appeals to children & adults alike as we found out when we recently popped along to try it out.

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Thirsty Meeples; How It Works

Thirsty Meeples has become a popular haunt so, whilst it is possible to just drop in & hope for a table, you are best pre-booking to avoid disappointment. Your booking gives you a table for up to 3 hours & access to over 2000 board games during your stay.  There is a cover charge in place with reduced fees for those opting for a drink or snack.

The board games have been arranged into genres to give you a helping hand, (word games, party, children’s), & are stacked floor to ceiling along the back walls of the cafe with over 2000 games in all! Simply sit yourself down and let the fun & games begin.  Once you’ve had your fill, simply pay at the counter before you leave.

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Oxford Thirsty Meeples Board Game Cafe

Thirsty Meeples Board Game Cafe


Thirsty Meeples; What Works?

Interestingly, Thirsty Meeples caters for both the family and adult market & we found a real mix of groups during our visit that ranged from young families to student groups to couples all bound together by an enthusiasm for board games.

Whilst the cafe is licensed, the drinks menu also runs to delicious milkshakes, coffee’s & soft drinks with tap water readily available by the counter. So whether enjoy a bottle of wine or keep your wits about you with a soda, you’ll enjoy the buzz around the cafe as the banter is filled with good-natured cries of joys & despair throughout your visit.

The great advantage with Thirsty Meeples is that the staff are all well versed in the gaming stock and are very happy to recommend a new game. To get the most from your visit, it really is worth asking for some advice to avoid the monotony of yet another game of connect 4. Not only will you discover new games but the staff will happily explain the fundamentals & help you get underway without any need for you to bury your head in an instruction manual.


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Thirsty Meeples; Top Tips

1. Always best to book in advance to avoid disappointment. A booking gives you 3 hours of unlimited access to over 2000 available board games.

2. There is a cover charge in place per person that is in addition to any food or drink purchased. Opt for a drink or bite to eat and you pay a reduced cover charge fee.

3. For those on a budget, it can be worth paying the slightly higher coverage charge & just accessing top water from the counter.

4. To get the most from your visit, ask a staff member to recommend a game. Once they understand the type of game you are looking for, these games gurus will happily bring you a selection & take you through the basics of each game.

5. If you enjoyed a particular game, you can purchase a brand new version to take away with you, (or order online at a later date). We found the games to be competitively priced for those that like to shop around.

6. You pay the cover charge and any refreshments at the end of your 3 hour stint so worth keeping an eye on what you order so you don’t end up with a shock at the end.

7. Keep an eye out for regular gaming nights that offer both individuals and groups a chance to compete against new adversaries.


Thirsty Meeples Board Game Cafe

Thirsty Meeples Board Game Cafe


Topdog’s Verdict

Away from the tourist trail, Thirsty Meeples offers something unusual for both children & adults alike and well worth a visit.

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By Liz Walsh





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