Ardmore Café Rolls Out New Eat-and-Compete Dining Concept

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Image via Ed Williams at Twenty-One Pips.
Twenty-One Pips, a newly opened Ardmore game café.

Think of Twenty-One Pips, a new Ardmore game café, as something like Farkle over flatbreads. Or Boggle with a burger. It’s a cozy nook to gather with friends, crack open a game board, order food, and play.

Twenty-One Pips — the number of dots on a die — features a sharable menu, conducive to noshing while stewing over a frustrating Scrabble rack of UZUQJXY. Or a greedy landlord unwilling to barter for ownership of Park Place.

Options include hummus, burgers, sausages, and small-plates like the crab-cheddar fries. Wrapping up a sweet game board victory with a sweet dessert can bring on an espresso semifreddo heaped with berries.

A special food menu targets younger players. But the bar fare is clearly blocks them, according to the café’s official rules. It offers wine, whiskey, craft beers, and specialty drinks like the gin-based Professor Plum.

Customers interested only in eating need not play. But for patrons eager to take a spin, a “library pass” provides access to games from Azul to Zany Penguins. The $5 cost buys two hours of dice-rolling, card-picking, turn-taking competition.

The interior design is particularly playful, with classic game icons woven throughout the visuals.

And for patrons who find board games boring, Twenty-One Pips has two vintage Skee-Ball machines, a 3-D Atari Pong table, and a retro arcade video game library.