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board game cafe & bar
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Chunky Game nights are back!

Join us for heavier games your regular friends won’t play on the second Tuesday of each month.

How it Works

We have over 1000 games to play and are always adding more. Check out our full list of games.

Lots of our base games include expansions, which aren’t always kept on the shelf, but are available upon request. 

Game passes are $5 per person for a 2 hour booking with a $5 minimum spend on food and drink.

You can play as many games as you like for the time you’re here.

Ask a friendly game guru for advice.

Regular OPENING HOURS

Monday  : 4pm – 10pm

Tuesday : 4pm – 10pm

Wednesday: 4pm – 10pm

Thursday : 4pm – 10pm

Friday      : 4pm – 11pm

Saturday  : 11am – 11pm

Sunday    : 11am – 7pm

**CLOSED ON PUBLIC HOLIDAYS**

 

 

 

 

Our Story

As of March 2024, Jono and Jade are the proud new owners of Counter Culture Board Game Cafe & Bar, taking over the great legacy built by previous owners Ahmed & Emma. Jono hails from Palmerston North and Jade from the seaside town of Scarborough, North Yorkshire in the UK. They met in 2013 during a theatre production of “Sweeney Todd”, where their showmace, turned into a romance. A road trip to the South Island, a skydive and a move back to London later, they found they shared amongst many other similar interests, a love of board games and a love of community. Jono and Jade, frequented Stoke Newington based Board Game Bar, Loading Bar for years and dreamed of being able to open a similar place of their own.  Fast forward to 2024, they are back in New Zealand and have taken the leap and found themselves running Counter Culture, proof that dreams do come true!

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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.
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
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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
5
9
Counter Culture Board Game Bar and Cafe, Wellington, New Zealand
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.
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
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
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 
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.
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
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
5
9
Counter Culture Board Game Bar and Cafe, Wellington, New Zealand
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
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
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.
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.
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
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
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 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?!
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
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
5
9
Counter Culture Board Game Bar and Cafe, Wellington, New Zealand