Around Copenhagen: Bastard Café
Here’s a fun fact you probably don’t know about me: I’m the worst loser in the world.
I am actually banned from playing board games with my family because I can’t deal with losing. You know those people who will throw things across the room or flip over the board? Yeah, that’s me. But honestly, nothing makes me angrier than when people win out of sheer luck and then proceed to taunt and be all cocky. Or they win by having played the game a hundred million times and then conveniently “forgetting” to tell you about a quite critical rule. Seriously, who could blame me for messing up the entire board so that nobody could count any points after that?! Feel like playing board games with me yet?
Buuut… I’m trying to get better at keeping my cool when I lose. It’s just a game after all, I should be able to brush it off. I’m not quite zen all of the time yet, but I’m getting there.
This is especially important because my family and my boyfriend all love board games. And I do enjoy them, and I find that they’re way more fun when I’m able to just shrug off a loss. So it was actually by my suggestion that we finally went to Copenhagen’s first (and only, as far as I’m aware) board came café, Bastard Café.
It’s a bit hidden away in a courtyard off of Rådhusstræde, between Gammel Strand and Strøget. They have over 2000 different board games, so chances are if you’ve heard of it, they have it! Their selection ranges from children’s games to classics like Settlers or Monopoly to the real geeky stuff, like Game of Thrones Clue (which we totally played).
You just hang out at one of their tables or in the comfy couches and play board or card games as much as you want. A lot of the games are free to play, though the more premium ones cost a one-off fee of DKK 25 per day (and then you get to play all of them).
They have a good selection of drinks – coffee, soft drinks, beers, wine, and long drinks – and even some food, which you can order via their app, so you don’t ever have to leave your game (unless you have to go to the bathroom, there’s no app for that quite yet).
The food selection is quite basic, but really fits the theme: you can get nachos, fries, or snacks like popcorn, nuts, or cookies. But honestly, try the toast! I had the Triple Truffle Cheese and oh my gosh, was that delicious! So was the Big Bastard Toast of Doom with cheese, ham, and a sort of pepper salsa.
We played a total of five games, ranging from children’s games about penguins and pandas to Scrabble and the aforementioned Game of Thrones Clue (it was Danaerys in the brothel with a Faceless Man coin!). I won two and lost three, didn’t flip the board once, and only accused the boyfriend of cheating twice. Nobody’s perfect, and I definitely count this as improvement!
Bastard Café is a fun place to spend a couple of hours on a rainy day – or even on a sunny one, because they have a really cozy courtyard with outdoors seating, too! It’s also a great place to take kids – in fact, the audience was a good mix of families, groups of what I would call geeks, and just “regular” people enjoying a game of chess or playing cards. (To be clear, I’m one hundred percent counting the boyfriend and myself in the “geeks” category!)
Have you been to Bastard Café? And are there any fellow bad losers out there so we can start a self-help group? Show yourselves in the comments!
Bastard Café | Rådhusstræde 13, 1466 Copenhagen | bastardcafe.dk