Board games, pinball and other old-school fun

One of River Market's three arcade machines is appropriately named "Old School Games."
One of River Market’s three arcade machines is appropriately named “Old School Games.”

If you’re into board games, arcade machines and other old-school fun, you might want to head over to Board Game Warriors, the Hide Out Cafe, Press Start or River Market in New West.

Board Game Warriors, a specialty store in downtown New West, hosts board game nights on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5-10pm and Saturday from 12-7pm.

They also sponsor a games night every second Friday from 6pm-midnight at the Hide Out Cafe on Carnarvon (the next one is June 26) and River Market on Sundays from 11am-6pm. While the board game nights aren’t marketed for kids, families are welcome to join in the fun.

The Hide Out Cafe and River Market also both have a secret stash of board games available anytime to play. I’ve enjoyed an occasional game of Battleship at the Hide Out with my kids, but I didn’t know River Market offered board games until I saw it on Twitter (ask at the office if you want to play).

If you drop in for gaming at River Market, you can enjoy more retro fun at the retro photo booth upstairs ($2 per photo strip) and several newly installed arcade games downstairs next to Wild Rice Restaurant.

If arcade games are your thing, you can find more at Press Start on 12th Street, which also offers sweet deals and trade-ins on used video games.