Board game café provides learning and fun for Omaha


By Derek Munyon

What do Monopoly, Dungeons & Dragons, Jenga, poker and Settlers of Catan have in common? On top of all being tabletop games, they can all be played at Spielbound. Located at 3229 Harney St., Spielbound is a café and bar that serves up board games along with their drinks.

The café opened in September of 2014 and has games and events for all kinds. Most Wednesdays are trivia night where teams between one to six people can win prizes including free drinks and free day passes to play board games.

They hold game demos for those who are interested and excited in new tabletop games. On Nov. 25, they held a demo of a new card game called Bohnanza. For more information on demos, you can check out Spielbound’s website. You can also sign up for their newsletter to get information on what’s happening there.

If you’re interested in playing some of the tabletop games they offer, it does cost money. A day pass is $5 or you can pay $15 for a month or $150 for a year. You can also buy a membership which gets you special offers such as access to member only events, priority access to new game demos and money off game purchases. Spielbound has more than 1500 games available to play with the intention to make more than 2500 more games available in the future.

Some of the most popular games that Spielbound has are Pandemic, which has you and other players working together to fight the spread of a deadly virus, and Ticket to Ride, which is a train tabletop role playing game. The Catan series is another popular one, where you are a settler in the fictional land of Catan and you have to grow a settlement and trade with other players.

Spielbound offers a wide number of games for sale, most being around $50. If you’re planning on a large group of friends and want something a bit more private, they have two rooms that can be rented.

If you’re the kind of gamer who gets a bit heated, you may want to cool out before going, as Spielbound has a strict code of conduct. They have zero tolerance for hate and harassment, and want to make sure that
players of all races, religions, genders, sexual orientations, age and skill are treated fairly. If you feel like you’re being mistreated during your games, you can tell the staff who will attempt to deal with problem, possibly going as far as expelling the offensive patrons.

Spielbound is a non-profit organization that accepts donations to keep their goal of creating a community and learning space alive. The café is open from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. on Tuesday through Thursday and Sunday. It’s open until 1 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays and closed on Monday.