KNOWING IS HALF THE BATTLE
+ what is a "board game bar & café"?
A “Board Game Bar & Cafe” is an awesome place where you can gather with friends and family to play board games. Pieces has a current library of over 650 games. If you’re having trouble deciding what or how to play, our staff (better known as “Game Navigators”) are ready to help! Our Game Navigators are also there to make sure your coffee cup, beer mug, or wine glass is fully loaded. If rolling dice, competitiveness, or extreme laughter has the effect of working up an appetite, starvation will not be an option! We have food!
+ what is a "board game navigator"?
Pieces is staffed with super helpful and friendly "Game Navigators," who are there to seat you, help you pick a game in our extensive library, assist you with game set-up (if you so desire), and possibly break up a fight when a group can’t agree on a rule or a guest becomes irate after his/her battleship has been sunk one too many times.
Our Game Navigators will also be there to serve you food and drinks to your little heart’s content!
+ What is a library fee?
A “Library Fee” is a flat-rate $5 charge that is added to each guest’s tab.
For each food and or drink item (alcoholic or non) you order, your Library Fee will be reduced by $1.00!
If you’re a Pieces Member – after your five Fee waivers – each Library Fee is 50% off. Thus, after you purchase a coffee and a snack you now have unlimited access to the Library for only 0.50 cents!
The fee is used to refurbish games as boards and cards are subjected to inevitable party fouls, replace pieces that are lost or stolen, obtain card protectors for our most popular games, increase our ability to purchase new games when recommended by You, to grow our Library on a regular basis, and to support the local board game Kickstarter community.
Your Library Fee is good for all day play. That means you can come and go as you please. We can't have Fido waiting all day to be let out!
+ why don't you take cash?
Because I always lost things as a child and my business partners would fire me if money went missing.
+ what if my friends are busy?
Fear not lone wolf, we’ve got a variety of single-player games and would love to teach you how to play them! (We also have coloring books and crayons!)
+ How do I reserve the private room?
The Private Room holds 8-10 people. In order to guarantee that the room will be yours, Pieces recommends that you go to our reservation calendar located on this website and submit your name and information at least 12 hours in advance. You can call too, but it’s 2017, does anyone use the “call feature” anymore?
If the room is not reserved online or by phone in advance, then walk-ins will be welcome to use the space.
It is Pieces’ strict policy not to permit outside games into the café as it would be extremely difficult for staff to keep track of Pieces-owned games and customer-owned games. We provide one exception: the Private Room. This is to allow regular gaming groups the opportunity to bring in their own game(s) without the expense of a Library Fee. If, however, you would like to use the Pieces Library while reserving the Private Room, a Library Fee will be applied to each player.
For groups that would like to use the space on a regular basis (i.e., every Thursday night or every other Thursday night), or for parties and events, please contact us and we will work with you to make your dreams come true!
+ can I bring in my own game?
It is Pieces’ strict policy not to permit outside games into the café as it would be extremely difficult for staff to keep track of Pieces-owned games and customer-owned games. We provide one exception: the Private Room. This is to allow regular gaming groups the opportunity to bring in their own game(s) without the expense of a Library Fee. If, however, you would like to use the Pieces Library while reserving the Private Room, a Library Fee will be applied to each player. Please see FAQ section, entitled “How do I reserve the Private Room?” for more details.
+ What if I just want to enjoy some food or drinks without playing a game?
Come on in! There’s no obligation to play games at Pieces. While we encourage you to take advantage of our vast Library, we want all St. Louisians to enjoy our specially crafted food and beverages. A $5.00 Library Fee is only applied to Guests who wish to access our heavenly Library of games. Although, we have no idea how you’ll resist the urge to play…
+ Do you have a membership program for avid Pieces players?
Of course we do! Let us introduce to you the “Pieces MVP Pass.” Original, huh? Membership pays for itself! It is $25.00 and benefits include:
• 5x Library Fee waivers • 50% off Library Fees for 6 months • Exclusive monthly coupons, promotions, and discounts • Free Drink when you bring in a party of 8 (including yourself) • 15% off an Official Pieces T-shirt purchase • That warm fuzzy feeling you get by having a special membership card
Sign-up the next time you come in to play!
+ can I schedule my private event at pieces?
You sure can! We welcome groups to utilize our space for charity events, work team building sessions, and parties! Fill out the “contact us” page to tell us about the who, what, and when and we will work to accommodate your requests. Library fees will also still apply. Please contact us at info@STLpieces.com for rates and to schedule your next party!
Please note you can only rent the entire bar and café on hours that Pieces is not typically open. So, please only inquire for the following days/times:
Tuesday through Friday: 9am to 3pm.
+ i am a 501(c)(3), can i hold a charity event at pieces?
Yes, yes, YES! The owners of Pieces are committed to the community and to causes of all kinds! Please fill our the "contact us" page to tell us about the who, what, and when and we will work to accomodate your requests.
We waive the hourly rental fee and deposit for organizations who can show us current 501(c)(3) status. We have many options for making sure your event is a success!
+ why am I here on this planet?
I really can only think of three reasons: (1) watch YouTube videos of cats knocking things off counters; (2) laughing until your stomach hurts; and (3) and enjoying time spent with the ones we love. If you can think of other reasons, then you’ve pretty much made it life.