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Level 2

 Always remember to scan and/or sign in upon entry, and remember your masks! Staff will be masked at all times, and hand sanitizer is available.
It would be incredibly helpful to have some games in mind before you come in. We will of course be here to help you find a great game, but any help is appreciated!

New operating hours:

Monday  : 4pm – 10pm

Tuesday : Closed

Wednesday: 4pm – 10pm

Thursday : 12pm – 10pm

Friday      : 12pm – 11pm

Saturday  : 11am – 11pm

Sunday    : 11am – 9pm

Be aware that under the Level 2 restrictions our tables are very limited, and we may not be able to seat more than you booked for.
If numbers or plans change, please call ahead and let us know!

 

2021/2022 Holiday Closure

This year, we will be closed from the 24th December until 4th January. Happy holidays!


 

How It Works

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • We have over 900 board games to play & friendly game gurus to help you pick.
  • Game passes are $5 with any food or beverage purchase (Kids 12 and under = $2.50).
  • If you are not ordering food or drink, the game pass is $10 per person.
  • You can then play as many games as you like for three hours.
  • Ask a friendly game guru for advice.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Our Story

 

In 2002, Emma and Ahmed met and moved into a super cool inner city apartment together. It was on the corner of Vivian St and Victoria St. Ahmed taught Emma how to play Catan. A few years later, they moved to Abu Dhabi. Had a couple of kids. Met fellow game lovers. Bought more games. Played. Worked. Rode camels. On a trip back to Ahmed’s hometown Toronto one year, they stumbled across the fabulous Snakes & Lattes. A board game cafe! Coffee and beer and food and board games. What a revelation. The germ of an idea started to form, and desert life was beginning to get hot and monotonous, so… they moved back to Wellington. They started looking and looking for a place to open a board game cafe and share their love of board games and coffee and beer and food. One day, they saw a TO LEASE sign underneath their old super cool inner city apartment. In a mad chaos of sleepless nights and ‘What ARE we doing?’ moments, they opened the doors of Counter Culture Board Game Cafe and Bar on 1 June 2017. Now, they’re marvelling at the huge range of enthusiastic people who come through their doors to play games and the super positive response they’ve had to opening Counter Culture. The first year still included loads of ‘What ARE we doing?’ moments, mistakes (missing the deadline for WOAP!! Aargh…), hospital stays (nothing like multiple brain surgeries on your child to keep things edgy) and other fun and games (ha ha, so punny). So, onwards & upwards. Counter Culture will keep striving to provide a welcoming space for you to get your game on.

 

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Jesse Porter
Super LGBTQ-friendly and very tasty curly fries
Counter Culture Board Game Bar and Cafe, Wellington, New Zealand
5
2018-05-16T11:51:06+12:00
Super LGBTQ-friendly and very tasty curly fries
Thomas Owen
Great selection of games, good food, and the staff were super friendly and knowledgeable. The selection of games caters for the super casual right through to the serious gamer.
Counter Culture Board Game Bar and Cafe, Wellington, New Zealand
5
2018-05-16T11:51:44+12:00
Great selection of games, good food, and the staff were super friendly and knowledgeable. The selection of games caters for the super casual right through to the serious gamer.
Mel Campbell
Have been twice in the last week and love it! The staff are helpful and chatty about the games, the food is awesome (plenty of vegetarian options too) and the selection of games is big enough to keep you busy for aaaaaages
Counter Culture Board Game Bar and Cafe, Wellington, New Zealand
5
2018-05-16T13:15:39+12:00
Have been twice in the last week and love it! The staff are helpful and chatty about the games, the food is awesome (plenty of vegetarian options too) and the selection of games is big enough to keep you busy for aaaaaages
James Lumley-Parkin
The place to be in Wellington! We were in town for 10 days and spent 4 here!!! Welcoming, friendly and knowledgeable staff
Counter Culture Board Game Bar and Cafe, Wellington, New Zealand
5
2018-05-16T11:33:03+12:00
The place to be in Wellington! We were in town for 10 days and spent 4 here!!! Welcoming, friendly and knowledgeable staff
Jenny Sahng
Amazing food and drinks, incredibly friendly and warm service, great atmosphere and of course all the board games you love and more! Can't recommend this place enough, it's the best place for a chill night with friends 
Counter Culture Board Game Bar and Cafe, Wellington, New Zealand
5
2018-05-16T13:16:18+12:00
Amazing food and drinks, incredibly friendly and warm service, great atmosphere and of course all the board games you love and more! Can't recommend this place enough, it's the best place for a chill night with friends 
Sean Sullivan
Great place to have a bite and roll some dice. Super friendly staff and awesome board games to play. Amazing for a different kind of date.
Counter Culture Board Game Bar and Cafe, Wellington, New Zealand
5
2018-05-16T11:33:38+12:00
Great place to have a bite and roll some dice. Super friendly staff and awesome board games to play. Amazing for a different kind of date.
Camille André
If you love boardgames and want to have fun, this is the place for you
Counter Culture Board Game Bar and Cafe, Wellington, New Zealand
2018-05-16T11:34:12+12:00
If you love boardgames and want to have fun, this is the place for you
Lakshmi Devi
Absolute gem in wellington
Counter Culture Board Game Bar and Cafe, Wellington, New Zealand
5
2018-05-16T11:32:11+12:00
Absolute gem in wellington
Paul Steele
Massive selection of games with helpful staff who are more than willing to recommend new games and teach them to you. Great craft beer too
Counter Culture Board Game Bar and Cafe, Wellington, New Zealand
2018-05-16T11:52:14+12:00
Massive selection of games with helpful staff who are more than willing to recommend new games and teach them to you. Great craft beer too
Thomas Huthwaite
Finally - bar variety stars to hit the city centre. Board games, craft beer and good food - what's not to love?!
Counter Culture Board Game Bar and Cafe, Wellington, New Zealand
2018-05-16T11:53:22+12:00
Finally - bar variety stars to hit the city centre. Board games, craft beer and good food - what's not to love?!
Sanutep Chan
Good atmosphere, and, a huge selection of board and table top games. There's also a game master on hand who is able to help you learn about new games should you wish.
Counter Culture Board Game Bar and Cafe, Wellington, New Zealand
2018-05-16T11:52:48+12:00
Good atmosphere, and, a huge selection of board and table top games. There's also a game master on hand who is able to help you learn about new games should you wish.
Amy Rowe
Such an amazing idea!! Perfect for grown ups who want to go out and socialise but don't like the Courtney Place scene
Counter Culture Board Game Bar and Cafe, Wellington, New Zealand
5
2018-05-16T13:17:22+12:00
Such an amazing idea!! Perfect for grown ups who want to go out and socialise but don't like the Courtney Place scene
Cheryl Cartwright-Whitfield
Inviting, friendly, knowledgable staff. Endless games. Great coffee. I love it.
Counter Culture Board Game Bar and Cafe, Wellington, New Zealand
5
2018-05-16T13:16:51+12:00
Inviting, friendly, knowledgable staff. Endless games. Great coffee. I love it.
5
9
Counter Culture Board Game Bar and Cafe, Wellington, New Zealand
Lakshmi Devi
Absolute gem in wellington
Counter Culture Board Game Bar and Cafe, Wellington, New Zealand
5
2018-05-16T11:32:11+12:00
Absolute gem in wellington
Jenny Sahng
Amazing food and drinks, incredibly friendly and warm service, great atmosphere and of course all the board games you love and more! Can't recommend this place enough, it's the best place for a chill night with friends 
Counter Culture Board Game Bar and Cafe, Wellington, New Zealand
5
2018-05-16T13:16:18+12:00
Amazing food and drinks, incredibly friendly and warm service, great atmosphere and of course all the board games you love and more! Can't recommend this place enough, it's the best place for a chill night with friends 
Jesse Porter
Super LGBTQ-friendly and very tasty curly fries
Counter Culture Board Game Bar and Cafe, Wellington, New Zealand
5
2018-05-16T11:51:06+12:00
Super LGBTQ-friendly and very tasty curly fries
Camille André
If you love boardgames and want to have fun, this is the place for you
Counter Culture Board Game Bar and Cafe, Wellington, New Zealand
2018-05-16T11:34:12+12:00
If you love boardgames and want to have fun, this is the place for you
Sean Sullivan
Great place to have a bite and roll some dice. Super friendly staff and awesome board games to play. Amazing for a different kind of date.
Counter Culture Board Game Bar and Cafe, Wellington, New Zealand
5
2018-05-16T11:33:38+12:00
Great place to have a bite and roll some dice. Super friendly staff and awesome board games to play. Amazing for a different kind of date.
Paul Steele
Massive selection of games with helpful staff who are more than willing to recommend new games and teach them to you. Great craft beer too
Counter Culture Board Game Bar and Cafe, Wellington, New Zealand
2018-05-16T11:52:14+12:00
Massive selection of games with helpful staff who are more than willing to recommend new games and teach them to you. Great craft beer too
Thomas Owen
Great selection of games, good food, and the staff were super friendly and knowledgeable. The selection of games caters for the super casual right through to the serious gamer.
Counter Culture Board Game Bar and Cafe, Wellington, New Zealand
5
2018-05-16T11:51:44+12:00
Great selection of games, good food, and the staff were super friendly and knowledgeable. The selection of games caters for the super casual right through to the serious gamer.
Cheryl Cartwright-Whitfield
Inviting, friendly, knowledgable staff. Endless games. Great coffee. I love it.
Counter Culture Board Game Bar and Cafe, Wellington, New Zealand
5
2018-05-16T13:16:51+12:00
Inviting, friendly, knowledgable staff. Endless games. Great coffee. I love it.
Sanutep Chan
Good atmosphere, and, a huge selection of board and table top games. There's also a game master on hand who is able to help you learn about new games should you wish.
Counter Culture Board Game Bar and Cafe, Wellington, New Zealand
2018-05-16T11:52:48+12:00
Good atmosphere, and, a huge selection of board and table top games. There's also a game master on hand who is able to help you learn about new games should you wish.
Amy Rowe
Such an amazing idea!! Perfect for grown ups who want to go out and socialise but don't like the Courtney Place scene
Counter Culture Board Game Bar and Cafe, Wellington, New Zealand
5
2018-05-16T13:17:22+12:00
Such an amazing idea!! Perfect for grown ups who want to go out and socialise but don't like the Courtney Place scene
Thomas Huthwaite
Finally - bar variety stars to hit the city centre. Board games, craft beer and good food - what's not to love?!
Counter Culture Board Game Bar and Cafe, Wellington, New Zealand
2018-05-16T11:53:22+12:00
Finally - bar variety stars to hit the city centre. Board games, craft beer and good food - what's not to love?!
James Lumley-Parkin
The place to be in Wellington! We were in town for 10 days and spent 4 here!!! Welcoming, friendly and knowledgeable staff
Counter Culture Board Game Bar and Cafe, Wellington, New Zealand
5
2018-05-16T11:33:03+12:00
The place to be in Wellington! We were in town for 10 days and spent 4 here!!! Welcoming, friendly and knowledgeable staff
Mel Campbell
Have been twice in the last week and love it! The staff are helpful and chatty about the games, the food is awesome (plenty of vegetarian options too) and the selection of games is big enough to keep you busy for aaaaaages
Counter Culture Board Game Bar and Cafe, Wellington, New Zealand
5
2018-05-16T13:15:39+12:00
Have been twice in the last week and love it! The staff are helpful and chatty about the games, the food is awesome (plenty of vegetarian options too) and the selection of games is big enough to keep you busy for aaaaaages
5
9
Counter Culture Board Game Bar and Cafe, Wellington, New Zealand
Mel Campbell
Have been twice in the last week and love it! The staff are helpful and chatty about the games, the food is awesome (plenty of vegetarian options too) and the selection of games is big enough to keep you busy for aaaaaages
Counter Culture Board Game Bar and Cafe, Wellington, New Zealand
5
2018-05-16T13:15:39+12:00
Have been twice in the last week and love it! The staff are helpful and chatty about the games, the food is awesome (plenty of vegetarian options too) and the selection of games is big enough to keep you busy for aaaaaages
Thomas Huthwaite
Finally - bar variety stars to hit the city centre. Board games, craft beer and good food - what's not to love?!
Counter Culture Board Game Bar and Cafe, Wellington, New Zealand
2018-05-16T11:53:22+12:00
Finally - bar variety stars to hit the city centre. Board games, craft beer and good food - what's not to love?!
Jenny Sahng
Amazing food and drinks, incredibly friendly and warm service, great atmosphere and of course all the board games you love and more! Can't recommend this place enough, it's the best place for a chill night with friends 
Counter Culture Board Game Bar and Cafe, Wellington, New Zealand
5
2018-05-16T13:16:18+12:00
Amazing food and drinks, incredibly friendly and warm service, great atmosphere and of course all the board games you love and more! Can't recommend this place enough, it's the best place for a chill night with friends 
Camille André
If you love boardgames and want to have fun, this is the place for you
Counter Culture Board Game Bar and Cafe, Wellington, New Zealand
2018-05-16T11:34:12+12:00
If you love boardgames and want to have fun, this is the place for you
Sean Sullivan
Great place to have a bite and roll some dice. Super friendly staff and awesome board games to play. Amazing for a different kind of date.
Counter Culture Board Game Bar and Cafe, Wellington, New Zealand
5
2018-05-16T11:33:38+12:00
Great place to have a bite and roll some dice. Super friendly staff and awesome board games to play. Amazing for a different kind of date.
Lakshmi Devi
Absolute gem in wellington
Counter Culture Board Game Bar and Cafe, Wellington, New Zealand
5
2018-05-16T11:32:11+12:00
Absolute gem in wellington
Cheryl Cartwright-Whitfield
Inviting, friendly, knowledgable staff. Endless games. Great coffee. I love it.
Counter Culture Board Game Bar and Cafe, Wellington, New Zealand
5
2018-05-16T13:16:51+12:00
Inviting, friendly, knowledgable staff. Endless games. Great coffee. I love it.
James Lumley-Parkin
The place to be in Wellington! We were in town for 10 days and spent 4 here!!! Welcoming, friendly and knowledgeable staff
Counter Culture Board Game Bar and Cafe, Wellington, New Zealand
5
2018-05-16T11:33:03+12:00
The place to be in Wellington! We were in town for 10 days and spent 4 here!!! Welcoming, friendly and knowledgeable staff
Jesse Porter
Super LGBTQ-friendly and very tasty curly fries
Counter Culture Board Game Bar and Cafe, Wellington, New Zealand
5
2018-05-16T11:51:06+12:00
Super LGBTQ-friendly and very tasty curly fries
Amy Rowe
Such an amazing idea!! Perfect for grown ups who want to go out and socialise but don't like the Courtney Place scene
Counter Culture Board Game Bar and Cafe, Wellington, New Zealand
5
2018-05-16T13:17:22+12:00
Such an amazing idea!! Perfect for grown ups who want to go out and socialise but don't like the Courtney Place scene
Paul Steele
Massive selection of games with helpful staff who are more than willing to recommend new games and teach them to you. Great craft beer too
Counter Culture Board Game Bar and Cafe, Wellington, New Zealand
2018-05-16T11:52:14+12:00
Massive selection of games with helpful staff who are more than willing to recommend new games and teach them to you. Great craft beer too
Sanutep Chan
Good atmosphere, and, a huge selection of board and table top games. There's also a game master on hand who is able to help you learn about new games should you wish.
Counter Culture Board Game Bar and Cafe, Wellington, New Zealand
2018-05-16T11:52:48+12:00
Good atmosphere, and, a huge selection of board and table top games. There's also a game master on hand who is able to help you learn about new games should you wish.
Thomas Owen
Great selection of games, good food, and the staff were super friendly and knowledgeable. The selection of games caters for the super casual right through to the serious gamer.
Counter Culture Board Game Bar and Cafe, Wellington, New Zealand
5
2018-05-16T11:51:44+12:00
Great selection of games, good food, and the staff were super friendly and knowledgeable. The selection of games caters for the super casual right through to the serious gamer.
5
9
Counter Culture Board Game Bar and Cafe, Wellington, New Zealand