Scattered cards, illustrated boards and an abundance of dice: no doubt you ventured into a gambling bar in Strasbourg. Over the past three years – when most brands were created in Strasbourg – they attract more and more people. From families to groups of friends, ages 7 to 77, there is something for everyone. We visited 5 main brands of the city.
1. DooZ: pioneer
Open since December 2016, DooZ originally specialized in quest games – there are currently seven of them. In August 2017, the managers decided to allocate space for Strasbourg’s first gaming bar, titled “Episode 0”. Located at 12 rue des Magasins, you must ring the bell at the small door and then climb the austere staircase to discover the amazing universe. Broken clocks, old wooden furniture and soft sofas… About 350 games are available in the 80 m “out of time” room.2. The bar has beer, milkshakes and snacks.
Further down at 19 Street, Dooz offers a very different feel to the Malleus Maleficarum. A place inspired by the world of witches, which mainly hosts card tournaments and event nights (murder party, concert and improv).
2. Filibar: the most extensive
Located next to Les Halles, Filibar spans two floors, with almost a thousand games in the center. It is connected to the famous entertainment store Philibert, which allows customers to come and try before they buy.
The advantage – and not least – Filibar opens from 11 am, from Thursday to Sunday, and offers home cooking. Dish of the day for lunch and snack in the evening, between burgers, hot dogs and falafel – a special mention to the vegan sauce. And if you want to quench your thirst during an exciting game, local beers are available on tap.
Twice a month publishers, authors or illustrators come to present their new games and accompany the games.
3. The Schluck N’Spiel: play (start) role-playing games.
“We want to create social connections so that people can meet, participate in the game,” says Thibaut Schuster, manager. More than 700 games are available to promote reconciliation, as well as a Stammtisch (communal table). Several times a week, “Rolin Spire” is held.
These evenings are open to everyone, from beginners to experienced, and are hosted by game masters. The host is available every day to advise clients. Everything in the kitchen is local and homemade – Thibault tells us that he has to peel tens of kilograms of potatoes a day, we sympathize. The effort was applauded by several customers, including Julien, an excellent board game player: “This is my favorite bar. The environment is simple, but I feel at home there, the staff is very friendly and there is a large selection of games,” he explains.
4. Baraka: the most exotic
With vines hanging from the ceiling and a rhinoceros head embedded in the wall, Jumanji’s décor is more than believable and inspired by the tropical fire theme of Waikiki, the bar it replaced. We appreciate the large rooms (120 seats) and the billiard table.
As for the price, a drink and 1.80 euros per person is required to access Barak’s games. In comparison, access to DooZ and Filibar is free. At Les Tricheurs you have to consume for 2 euros per hour (for example: with lemonade for 4 euros you can stay for 2 hours). Finally, at Schluck N’Spiel you have to pay €2 per table to play, no time or consumption limits, but it’s free if you arrive at happy hour.
5. Scammers: we are less fans
A place with nice decor but not necessarily very comfortable – don’t be fooled by a bench that doesn’t have a spring. The bar has about 500 games, great lemonades and big bowls of nachos to grab a bite to eat.
Unfortunately the manual is sometimes missing from some of the boxes and the staff can’t tell us more about the rules of the Labyrinth – that was the main edition but still. On the other hand, the bar offers evenings that piqued our curiosity, such as an evening of black humor or a Marvel quiz.
All in cooperation
All game bars in the city offer theme nights. To organize themselves, they communicate with each other through a Facebook page. “So we don’t offer three nights of werewolves on the same night, but distribute them throughout the week. It is also better for players who can find something to their liking in one of the establishments,” sums up Frédéric Ladrier, DooZ manager.
• DuZ : from 14:00 to 00:30 from Wednesday to Saturday, from 14:00 to 20:00 on Sundays, closed Monday and Tuesday.
• Filibar : from 11:00 to 12:00 from Tuesday to Thursday, from 11:00 to 01:00 on Friday and Saturday, from 11:00 to 18:00 on Sundays, Monday is closed.
• Shlyuk : from 17:00 to 1:30 from Tuesday to Friday, from 14:00 to 1:30 on Saturday, from 14:00 to 23:00 on Sunday. Closed on Monday.
• baraka : from 17:00 to 1:00, except Wednesday (from 17:00 to 1:00)
• scammers : 17:00 to 23:00 Monday, 17:00 to 1:00 Tuesday to Friday, 15:00 to 2:00 Saturday, 15:00 to 00:00 Sun.