Board game café chain got its start in the An­nex

To­pher Grace, of That 70’s Show, is a fan of this neigh­bour­hood fave

Annex Post - - NEWS - By Jo-Anne Craine

The first of three lo­ca­tions that opened up across Toronto, Snakes & Lat­tes, a quirky board game café, has been fo­cus­ing on fun and so­cial in­ter­ac­tion since 2010. Gen­eral man­ager Steve Ma­hood spills the (cof­fee) beans on how they get peo­ple to put down their phones and play IRL.

You have a game guru on site help­ing pa­trons. What’s that?

They’re ef­fec­tively game som­me­liers. They come over to your ta­ble. They ask you what kind of stuff you like, what kinds of me­chan­ics you might be in­ter­ested in. Do you want to stab your friends in the back? Do you want to know more ob­scure words than them? They do a whole sort of triage process of fig­ur­ing out what kind of game to play, come back at you with a few sug­ges­tions, and then will sit down and teach you how to play.

De­scribe your vibe.

I would say the vibe is re­laxed. Dur­ing the day, it’s very much a com­mu­nity space. Peo­ple come in, and maybe play games or maybe just do of­fice work on their com­put­ers, have a nice cof­fee and kind of re­lax. In the evening, it gets a bit more rau­cous, what with Uno and Jenga be­ing out on the ta­bles. Ev­ery­one is gen­er­ally laugh­ing, hav­ing a good time.

Which games are jump­ing off the shelves?

Cards Against Hu­man­ity has been a peren­nial sweet­heart in terms of games to play and pur­chase. Ex­plod­ing Kit­tens is a best­seller.

Any fa­mous celeb cus­tomers?

We’ve had Justin Roil­land [cocre­ator, and voice] from Rick and Morty, To­pher Grace [ That ‘70s Show] has been in be­fore, Mark Pel­le­grino [ Lost] has been in. Ev­ery­one came in and sat down and played some games. We do our best to make them feel a lit­tle bit incog­nito. We try not to make too big a deal out of it (600 Bloor St. W., 647-342-9229).

Pa­trons can en­joy a rous­ing game of Cards Against Hu­man­ity here

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