Hey hey! Earlier this month Nic and I traveled out to Los Angeles, California, to record a few episodes of the YouTube series Board Game Night! with the Board Game Geek crew (when the episodes go live I’ll post a link and talk a little bit more about this adventure). We had an incredible time with Lincoln, Nikki, and Dave; it was neat to see the studio, recording was fun, and the BGG crew are so friendly. During our time off Mike Murphy and Lincoln took us to a few FLGS and cafes.
We arrived on Wednesday and had lunch at Game Haus, a board game café in Glendale, CA. The first time I heard of Game Haus some time ago I thought it sounded like the kind of place I would like to see, so I was happy we got the opportunity to check it out.
Game Haus was a lovely café, offering food, drinks, a large and modern game library, and a beautiful playspace featuring board game related artwork. In addition to our meal we also paid a cover charge ($5/ea) to play. I understand the cost-of-living on the West Coast is higher in general, but I felt a little overcharged for the quality of food and drink I got. It wasn’t bad, but it wasn’t great, in my opinion. I think the best thing about Game Haus was their artwork and overall presentation. Like I said, it was a lovely café and I enjoyed the board game themed art and décor.
Later in the week Lincoln took us on a tour of some of the stores in Burbank. We visited Geeky Teas, Emerald Knights Comics and Games, and Guildhall. Geeky Teas was small with limited selection but I appreciated their efforts to stock healthy snack options and I loved the creativity and originality displayed in their playspace.
I also enjoyed some of the fun displays and neat things around the store.
Emerald Knights was bigger and had a better selection, but suffered from a lack of attention to detail. The store was not very clean, the displays seemed random, and the overall presentation was a little off-putting.
They did have this incredible stained glass Magic The Gathering piece which was lovely.
We also stopped in at a board game bar called Guildhall…this was my least favorite of all the places we visited and I didn’t take any pictures. I thought the food and drinks were quite overpriced, the staff seemed unfriendly, even rude, and the game library was really disappointing. We ended up watching someone play a video game and the group next to us was playing Uno; that’s representative of the crowd and offering at Guildhall, in my opinion.
Overall Nic and thoroughly enjoyed our experience in LA, which I will write about more later, and getting to visit these stores, cafes, and bars was fun and interesting. I’ll leave you with a couple more photos. If you would like to see more pictures from this trip, or from any of my travels, follow me on Instagram at @sarahmtrager