Check and Mate: Bottle Ship Board Game Cafe + Lounge Coming to Stamford

5 Jan


Bottle Ship Cafe is coming to Stamford . . . and we’ve got a feeling you’ll be stopping by at least once a week. What, with over 500 different games available to play and your own personal game guru (don’t worry, we’ll explain), why wouldn’t you? But, it’s not all games . . . though it IS all fun. There will be a nice variety of small bites, finger foods, sandwiches, and salads, as well as craft beer, other adult beverages, and even speciality coffees when those games of Scrabble go extra long. They are planning on opening in early summer 2016 in Harbor Point, so get ready! Hours will be T-Th from 5-late, F-Sa from 12-late, and Sunday from 10-late.

But, we’ve got a lot more info than that! Check out our exclusive interview with owner Mina Dimyan (along with co-owner Makar Naguib) who talks to us about where the idea to open up Bottle Ship Cafe came from, what kind of food and drinks will be available, what kind of games they’ll have, and special events and tournaments they’ll be hosting. 

What gave you the idea to open up Bottle Ship Cafe?

cw1qgo8xaaa2bpaEveryone is always on their phones and computers- “social networking,” “social gaming,” “social messaging,” and we’ve lost the real meaning of social and genuine bonding. Growing up, we had board games and the outdoors to keep our minds stimulated and our families close knit. We have to bring that back! Nowadays even when you walk into a restaurant or bar, people are technically together but on their phones. Board games will bring back the interaction and we are looking forward to not having wifi.

What kind of food will you be serving? 

Nothing standard! The menu will consist of unique sandwiches, paninis, salads, and finger foods. We will have a variety of delicious desserts that will be freshly made. To quench your thirst, we will have craft bottled beer, ciders, ales; wines from around the world; and a rotating selection of specialty coffees.

What kind of games will be available?

We will launch with over 500 board games like Settlers of Catan, Stratego, Othello and continually add more based on fan suggestions. We will have a Game Guru to help customers select the right game for them as well as teach them about it.

Are you planning any kind of special events or tournaments?

Yes, we will have different events and tournaments throughout the year with prizes. Taboo Love tournament on Valentine’s day, Zombie Monopoly night on Halloween to name a few. We will also have events for people to join and learn about games they’ve never heard of.

One Response to “Check and Mate: Bottle Ship Board Game Cafe + Lounge Coming to Stamford”


  1. ICYMI: Handful of Eateries Set to Open Soon in Stamford - Hey Stamford! - Hey Stamford! - January 7, 2016

    […] Later in the year, the Bottle Ship Cafe will open their doors to bring a brand new social environment to the area, one that will certainly be unique in Stamford.  The new spot will serve specialty coffees, high quality food and snacks, and a range of local craft beers, ales, ciders and wines.   Sounds great, right? What’s so special about that you ask?  Well, it’s a board game cafe!  Owners anticipate this new cafe to be “…a haven for board gamers, foodies, and beer connoisseurs alike”.   While the team finalizes the details on their venue, our friends at OmnomCT got a chance to talk more with them. […]


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