Whether you’re a serious Dungeons & Dragons adventurer or you simply enjoy the nostalgia of board games, Side Quest Game Lounge + Bar (317 W. Morgan St.) may be the spot for you.
William Parker and Mike Reid opened this gamer sanctuaryin 2021. Side Quest is the only strictly gaming spot in Raleigh with a full bar, offering 300+ familiar and specialty board games, adult ice cream floats + food to bring you back to a child-like-state (think: ants on a log).
“The bar is a combination of life misspent,” William told RALtoday. “When I was growing up and felt like an outsider or an outcast, this is a place where I probably could have come and hung out and everybody would be like, ‘Hey, it’s good to see ya.’”
Every Tuesday night, the bar hosts a Dungeons & Dragons night starting at “7ish.” Both beginners and pros are invited to join. If you’re a first time player, we recommend showing up early to set up your character (don’t worry — experts will walk you through the process).
Side Quest is a place where you can be your true and authentic self through gaming explained William. “You go to your day job everyday, and then you can come here to participate and be creative.”
On the weekends, gamers and families set up shop with different board games (some players stick around all day). Make a reservation to secure a table.
“It’s always fun to come in and see folks that maybe wouldn’t feel as comfortable walking in somewhere else. And they come in here and they have a great time,” William said. “Everybody’s welcome here. It doesn’t matter who you are.”
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Editor’s pick: I am by no means a good — or even mediocre — gamer (unless you count skee-ball). But when I stumbled upon Side Quest on a random Tuesday afternoon, I was warmly greeted by the friendliest staff and patrons who took the time to share stories + talk about their passion for gaming with me. This place is truly a hidden gem. 💎
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