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The Hungry Hippo: Adelaide’s Nomadic, Late Night Board Game Cafe


The Hungry Hippo: Adelaide’s Nomadic, Late Night Board Game Cafe

Adrienne Goode

A night out with your friends is always high on the agenda—but if there’s anything better than simply catching up, it’s trouncing them into submission via a remorseless game of Carcassonne. It never hurts (too much) to reveal your competitive streak, so why not head to Adelaide’s Hungry Hippo Board Game Café to challenge your mates over a pint of beer and a bowl of delicious Battlechips?

Board game geekery is at its finest at the Hungry Hippo Café, with more than 150 games to choose from for an entry fee of only $5 per person. With a mixture of exposed brick and chalk-board walls, the venue displays quirky game-related drawings and boasts various team triumphs that will be sure to have you and your friends vying for a spot alongside Adelaide’s board game champions.

Warm up your gaming muscles and start the night off with a solid foundation of team work, in an effort to conquer the coveted Jenga Wall of Fame. Currently at a record of 35 levels high, this all-round favourite will have your competitive nature extending beyond your friendship group, and have you making rivals with complete strangers. While Jenga may require less brain power than other board games, there’s no doubt it requires serious strategy and self-control, so aim to maximise your Jenga-royalty status and minimise those peasant-like tantrums.

Being a café, the menu isn’t only limited to board games (duh). From House-made Strawberry Lemonade to signature ‘spiked’ Frangelico Choc Hazelnut milkshakes, the Hungry Hippo staff have all your thirst-inspired requirements covered. Though if you’re not feeling one of the café’s local SA wines, you’re more than welcome to BYO and pop open your own bottle for a $15 corkage fee. Taking center stage on the menu is a two-page list of appropriately titled food including the Settlers of Chickan tenderloins with chipotle sauce, the shoestring Fearsome Fries with garlic aioli, and as previously mentioned, the sweet potato Battlechips with Kewpie mayo. If you decide to order a shared dish, be cautioned that the board games aren’t the only things you’ll be fighting over.

While the strongest item on the menu is a heart-starting espresso, the real punch comes from the cut-throat, friendship destroying board games that really get your blood boiling. Create a wretched hive of greed and deceit with a classic like Monopoly, divulge a calculated and merciless Settlers of Catan game-play, or enter the labyrinth of lies, manipulation, and deception that is A Game of Thrones: The Board Game. Warning: blood will most certainly be shed.

As far as we’re concerned, The Hungry Hippo Board Game Cafe is where it’s at for some healthy rivalry and good old-fashioned board game fun.

The Hungry Hippo Board Game Cafe 

196 Hindley Street, Adelaide 

Wednesday & Thursday 5PM—11PM
Friday & Saturday 5PM—2AM
Sunday 12PM—10PM

Images by Adrienne Goode