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Counter Culture

board game cafe & bar
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How It Works

 

 

  • We have over 600 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 up to four 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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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 
5.0
2018-05-16T13:16:18+00:00
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 
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
2018-05-16T11:52:14+00:00
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
Jesse Porter
Super LGBTQ-friendly and very tasty curly fries
5.0
2018-05-16T11:51:06+00:00
Super LGBTQ-friendly and very tasty curly fries
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.
2018-05-16T11:52:48+00:00
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.
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
5.0
2018-05-16T13:15:39+00:00
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
Cheryl Cartwright-Whitfield
Inviting, friendly, knowledgable staff. Endless games. Great coffee. I love it.
5.0
2018-05-16T13:16:51+00:00
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
5.0
2018-05-16T13:17:22+00:00
Such an amazing idea!! Perfect for grown ups who want to go out and socialise but don't like the Courtney Place scene
Thomas 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.
5.0
2018-05-16T11:51:44+00:00
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.
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
5.0
2018-05-16T11:33:03+00:00
The place to be in Wellington! We were in town for 10 days and spent 4 here!!! Welcoming, friendly and knowledgeable staff
Thomas Huthwaite
Finally - bar variety stars to hit the city centre. Board games, craft beer and good food - what's not to love?!
2018-05-16T11:53:22+00:00
Finally - bar variety stars to hit the city centre. Board games, craft beer and good food - what's not to love?!
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.
5.0
2018-05-16T11:33:38+00:00
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
2018-05-16T11:34:12+00:00
If you love boardgames and want to have fun, this is the place for you
Lakshmi Devi
Absolute gem in wellington
5.0
2018-05-16T11:32:11+00:00
Absolute gem in wellington
3.0
13
Lakshmi Devi
Absolute gem in wellington
5.0
2018-05-16T11:32:11+00:00
Absolute gem in wellington
Cheryl Cartwright-Whitfield
Inviting, friendly, knowledgable staff. Endless games. Great coffee. I love it.
5.0
2018-05-16T13:16:51+00:00
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.
2018-05-16T11:52:48+00:00
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
5.0
2018-05-16T11:33:03+00:00
The place to be in Wellington! We were in town for 10 days and spent 4 here!!! Welcoming, friendly and knowledgeable staff
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
5.0
2018-05-16T13:17:22+00:00
Such an amazing idea!! Perfect for grown ups who want to go out and socialise but don't like the Courtney Place scene
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 
5.0
2018-05-16T13:16:18+00:00
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.
5.0
2018-05-16T11:33:38+00:00
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.
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
5.0
2018-05-16T13:15:39+00:00
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
Jesse Porter
Super LGBTQ-friendly and very tasty curly fries
5.0
2018-05-16T11:51:06+00:00
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.
5.0
2018-05-16T11:51:44+00:00
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.
Camille André
If you love boardgames and want to have fun, this is the place for you
2018-05-16T11:34:12+00:00
If you love boardgames and want to have fun, this is the place for you
Thomas Huthwaite
Finally - bar variety stars to hit the city centre. Board games, craft beer and good food - what's not to love?!
2018-05-16T11:53:22+00:00
Finally - bar variety stars to hit the city centre. Board games, craft beer and good food - what's not to love?!
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
2018-05-16T11:52:14+00:00
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
3.0
13
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
2018-05-16T11:52:14+00:00
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
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
5.0
2018-05-16T13:17:22+00:00
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.
5.0
2018-05-16T13:16:51+00:00
Inviting, friendly, knowledgable staff. Endless games. Great coffee. I love it.
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.
5.0
2018-05-16T11:51:44+00:00
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
5.0
2018-05-16T11:51:06+00:00
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?!
2018-05-16T11:53:22+00:00
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
5.0
2018-05-16T11:33:03+00:00
The place to be in Wellington! We were in town for 10 days and spent 4 here!!! Welcoming, friendly and knowledgeable staff
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.
5.0
2018-05-16T11:33:38+00:00
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.
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 
5.0
2018-05-16T13:16:18+00:00
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 
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.
2018-05-16T11:52:48+00:00
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.
Camille André
If you love boardgames and want to have fun, this is the place for you
2018-05-16T11:34:12+00:00
If you love boardgames and want to have fun, this is the place for you
Lakshmi Devi
Absolute gem in wellington
5.0
2018-05-16T11:32:11+00:00
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
5.0
2018-05-16T13:15:39+00:00
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
3.0
13