Jun 2012 30

Board Game Stores in Vancouver

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Even in the age of the Internet and video games, board games remain one of the most common and popular games in almost every culture in the world. They’re definitely not as talked about as the latest console games, online games, or TV shows, but there’s a lively community of board game enthusiasts in almost every city and Vancouver is no exception. Whether you’re searching for a rare game or want to find a place where you can enjoy several hours of playing board games, you don’t have to leave the Greater Vancouver Area, as there’s an abundance of board game places. Here’s a short guide to the most visited and popular board game stores and cafés where you can buy or play your favourite board games.

Drexoll Games


2880 W. 4th Ave, by Macdonald Street, Vancouver, BC

Opening Hours:

Monday-Thursday: 10:30 A.M.-6:30 P.M.
Friday: 10:30 A.M.-9:00 P.M.
Saturday: 10:00 A.M.-6:00 P.M.
Sunday: 11:00 A.M.-6:00 P.M.

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Drexoll Games has been serving up the best board games since 2002 and has continuously expanded its selection, which now includes over 600 board games. Not only will you find the newest and most popular games but also the rare ones. The helpful and kind staff makes every board game fan feel like a kid in a candy store. Even if you aren’t really sure what you’re looking for, the staff will recommend the right games for you. Furthermore, at Drexoll Games, they do a great job keeping the store well-arranged and organized so that you don’t have to go through a pile of boxes before finding your board game. The store includes several tables where you can play more than 100 open demo games for free. They also organize many
tournaments and special events.

Drexoll Games is one of the most customer-friendly stores you can find. If you buy one of the guaranteed board games and you don’t like it, you may return the opened game to them within 30 days, with a receipt, for a full refund. Shipping within the whole of Canada is $10.

One Stop Shop Card & Games


1055-88 Pender St W, Vancouver, BC

Opening Hours:

Monday-Friday: 11:00 A.M.-12:00 A.M.
Saturday: 11:00 A.M.-10:00 P.M.
Sunday: 11:00 A.M.-12:00 A.M.

One Shop One Stop Shop Card & Games

One Stop Shop Card and Games was established in 2008 after its owner, Mike, decided that the downtown core needed a place for gaming where people conveniently located in the area could meet and be a part of an awesome community. Their brick and mortar store located near Tinseltown mall offers a vast selection of board, card, and miniature games as well as tons of great events almost every day. It’s one of the best table-top gaming establishments in Canada and one of the few places where you can actually watch live streams of their events. If you become a store member, you can attend their gaming nights and enjoy an ultimate board gaming experience.

Strategies Games and Hobbies


3878 Main Street, Vancouver, BC

Opening Hours:

Monday-Wednesday: 11:00 A.M.-6:00 P.M.
Thursday: 11:00 A.M.-7:00 P.M.
Friday: 11:00 A.M.-9:00 P.M.
Saturday: 10:00 A.M.-6:00 P.M.
Sunday: 11:00 A.M.-5:00 P.M.

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Strategies Games and Hobbies is one of the best places for those who want to purchase higher-quality, harder-to-find board games. However, their shelves also include all the classics as well as the newest board games. If they don’t have the board game you’re looking for, they’ll either get it for you or find a place where you can buy your desired board game. Furthermore, Strategies hosts an abundance of board and card gaming events. For example, every Friday night is an open board game event where you can drop in and join a game or recruit some people to play. Saturday mornings are reserved for miniature figure painting lessons. Just bring your figure and a paintbrush and you’ll be taught everything you need to know.

The Connection Games


8136 Cambie Street, Vancouver, BC

2945 Renfrew Street, Vancouver, BC

Opening Hours:

Monday-Tuesday: 2:00 P.M.-9:00 P.M.
Wednesday-Friday: Noon-9:00 P.M.
Saturday: 11:00 A.M.-9:00 P.M.
Sunday: 11:00 A.M.-6:00 P.M.

Both stores of The Connection Games & Comics offer an excellent selection of European and American games as well as a very pleasurable space where you can play. From the first moment you enter one of their stores, it’s obvious that this is a game store for gamers run by gamers. Every single day is a unique board gaming experience in The Connection Games & Comics with their various exciting events. Their new location provides a new, spacious, clean, and joyful location for all kinds of board game players. The staff is very kind and friendly and unlike other board game stores, not pushy. You can just browse through their vast selection or chat and share you board gaming experiences with staff members.

Imperial Hobbies


5451 No. 3 Road, Richmond, BC

Opening hours:

Monday-Wednesday: 11:00 A.M.-5:30 P.M.
Thursday: 11:00 A.M.-7:00 P.M.
Friday: 11:00 A.M.-9:00 P.M.
Saturday: 10:00 A.M.-5:30 P.M.
Sunday: 12:00 P.M.-5:00 P.M.

Imperial Hobbies is a hobby and gaming heaven. Their inventory consists of more than 50,000 products including board and card games, dice and gaming accessories, miniatures, tabletop, and much more. The staff is very friendly and willing to share their vast board game knowledge. Imperial Hobbies is a proud and important member of Vancouver’s gaming community and is involved in many events both in-store and at large. It’s not an ordinary store but a place where people meet other board and card game enthusiasts and share their passion.

Craving for a Game


Central City Shopping Centre, 2293-10153 King George Boulevard, Surrey, BC

Opening Hours:

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Monday-Tuesday: 10:00 A.M.-6:00 P.M.
Wednesday-Friday: 10:00 A.M.-9:00 P.M.
Saturday: 10:00 A.M.-6:00 P.M.
Sunday: 11:00 A.M.-6:00 P.M.

Craving for a Game is a huge board and card game store with an extensive selection of games for all ages, as well as one of the largest selections of jigsaw puzzles in the lower mainland. They offer an abundance of family board games, most current European and American titles as well as the newest war game titles and all of the current collectible card games. The shopping as well as playing space here is massive so you won’t feel like you’re in an overcrowded den. Craving for a Game hosts plenty of exciting events every week.

Board Game Warriors


708 Clarkson Street, New Westminster, BC

Opening Hours:

Monday-Saturday: 11:00 A.M.-7:00 P.M.
Sundays & Holidays: 11:00 A.M.-6:00 P.M.

Board Game Warriors is a true gem for every board game enthusiast. It consists of a smaller front store with a vast selection of games and a huge play room where you can enjoy tons of different board games. The prices are very reasonable and they sell a lot of niche and alternative games as well as the traditional ones. The owner, Kirby, loves board games and his store proves that. If they don’t have a game you want in stock, you can call ahead and it’ll be there waiting for you in few days. They organize many board gaming events and hundreds of open board games.

Grey Haven Hobbies

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1289A Johnston Road, White Rock, BC

Grey Haven Hobbies is a great comic shop that sells a lot of different board and card games and regularly hosts several board gaming events. Their selection of board games includes games from the most popular companies such as Mayfair, Days of Wonder, Rio Grande, Steve Jackson, Fantasy Flight, and UberPlay. The owner, Adam, has been in the board game business for over 15 years and shares all his knowledge with his customers.

Starlit Citadel

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Starlit Citadel is a huge online board game store that offers a selection of more than 2,000 games and accessories at discounted prices, including a wide range of board games, miniatures, role-playing games, and accessories. Their site provides detailed and insightful board game articles and reviews. They ship their stock internationally, including to countries such as the U.S., UK, and Brazil. The prices at Starlit Citadel are very reasonable and repeat customers receive reward points that can be used for discounts. Their customer policy is great and they’re very helpful when solving any problems.

Vancouver Board Game Bars and Cafés

If you don’t prefer playing board games in stores and want to go out and enjoy the evening playing board games, you don’t have to worry since there’s plenty of bars and cafés in Vancouver that offer different board games for playing. Here’s a short list of the best bars and cafés in Vancouver where you can play your favourite board games.

Guilt & Co: 1 Alexander St, Vancouver, BC

Brickhouse Late Nite Bistro and Bar: 730 Main St Vancouver, BC

The Refinery: 1115 Granville St, Vancouver, BC

Railway Club: 579 Dunsmuir St, Vancouver, BC

Benny’s Bagels: 2505 Broadway W, Vancouver, BC

Borandsi Cafe: 4035 North Road, Burnaby, BC

3 Responses to “Board Game Stores in Vancouver”

  1. Ronnie

    Just wanted to add to your list of board game stores in Vancouver.

    Players Wanted Games & Collectibles (http://playerswantedcollectibles.com)

    7161 Victoria Drive, Vancouver, BC

    Mon-Fri: 1-9pm | Sat-Sun: 12-9pm

  2. Jay Banks

    Hi Ronnie, thank you, we are always happy to add new stores!



  3. ahmed

    am looking for carrom board.
    anyone has it text me on email.

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