the rook and pawn board game cafe logo
the rook and pawn board game cafe london pub inspired interior

Today's featured board game café is the London-pub inspired The Rook & Pawn, located in Athens, Georgia, opened by husband and wife team, Carrie and Tim Kelly.

the rook and pawn board game cafe staff member holding wine in front of games



Carrie and Tim opened The Rook & Pawn in 2015 after becoming enamored with board game café concepts in similar locations such as Snakes & LattesGame Häus Cafe and The Uncommons. They both have fond memories of board games around the table during family game night, filled with laughter, fun, and friendly competition.

the rook and pawn board game cafe selection of board games

After a lot of hard work, renovation of their space, and a successfully funded Kickstarter, they opened their doors to the public with much excitement from the Athens community and will be celebrating their 3rd anniversary this year!

the rook and pawn board game cafe cocktail called ocarina of lime after legend of zelda game

We love The Rook & Pawn for their London-pub meets Harry Potter's Diagon Alley interior decor, their consistent social media posts which feature games from their library, tasty drinks, and happy staff. It is evident that Carrie and Tim love the community that they are a part of.



the rook and pawn board game cafe latte in anime mug

Their drinks are always fun and colorful, with tongue-in-cheek game references. We only wish they were closer so we could visit them in person!

Be sure to check out their website, follow them on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter, and check them out if you make your way down to Athens, Georgia!