About us


Chance & Counters is Bristol’s only dedicated board game café, tucked at the bottom of Christmas Steps in the city centre.

It’s a purpose-built space that board gamers of all ages and abilities can enjoy, from casual players to seasoned strategists. We have over 600 games, so whether you’re after the best in new board games or some old-school classics, we’ve got you covered.

We take real pride in our food and drink too, from our rotating craft beers and ciders to our seasonal, locally-sourced food. Check out the menu tab above to see what’s currently on offer!


Opening hours


Monday to Sunday
10:00 to 23:00

Please note, we get pretty busy in the evenings and weekends so we recommend booking online.

If you’d like to book a table, click here to use our handy ResDiary widget.


What people say…

Bristol is packed with punches of character and unexpected charm. Bristol’s first dedicated board gaming café is a perfect example of the unpretentious quirks that enrich the city. London Evening Standard
“Would you like something light?” he asked. “Something heavy? Something silly? Something strategic?” The rows of gleaming boxes stretched out before us. Somewhere in there, I knew, was exactly the game we wanted to play. New Statesman
Bristol has always majored on the quirky, and Chance & Counters on Christmas Steps certainly fits into that category nicely…. it’s the only place you can enjoy a grilled Wookey Hole aged Cheddar and tomato panini whilst playing Connect 4.Crumbs
The best board gaming pun I have ever encountered.Shut Up & Sit Down
A perfect place to escape the computer screen and spend a few hours with friends over one of their pints of local ale.Budget Traveller
Chance & Counters is an establishment with vibrancy and personality. This wonderful little place is a haven for those who love good food, board games and a relaxed atmosphere.Best of England