The atmosphere is charged with tension and my next move is crucial. As I bite the bullet and slowly ease a block loose I get an attack of ham-fisted butterfingers and the entire Jenga tower comes crashing down to the delight of my companions. A sore loser, I refuse to play again and instead opt to choose another of the 70-odd games available.
The thing is, we’re out, it’s late, but there are no fluoro neon pink signs in sight, no burly bouncers asking for your ID and though we’ve ascended up two flights of tired and slightly seedy stairs, we’re as far from indulging in unsavoury activity as possible.
In fact, your mother wouldn’t even find anything to cluck about here. We’re at Norita Cafe & Board Games and like the name suggests, it’s a haven for board game lovers.
They have games like Uno and Connect Four, Taboo, Scrabble, Balderdash, the Settlers of Catan, mahjong and everything in between. Don’t see your favourite board game stocked here? Tell the staff – they’ve taken popular requests into account and now even stock German board game titles.
Just when you thought it couldn’t get any more wholesome – don’t even think of asking for a beer – it’s coffees, iced teas and milkshakes that will quench your thirst at the end of a game.
And a vast plethora of ice-cream-based desserts like the popular ‘eskimo’ (a mountain of shaved ice topped with fruit and flavoured ice-cream) are the trophies at stake. For those seeking more substance to fuel their game strategy and late-night munchies, there are light finger foods like gyoza and more substantial fare like salads, pasta and bowls of hot udong noodles.
From the laughter erupting at every table, it’s clear you’re never too old for a night out with some good, clean fun!
Level 2, 77 Liverpool St, Sydney
(02) 9267 3753
Open Mon–Thurs 11am–12am, Fri–Sat 11am–2am