Below a strip of condos on North Lamar, battles are being waged. Warriors and wizards, orcs and elves. Card wielding combatants drink pints of mead as they clash in contests of skill, bravery and treachery. In this realm, games are serious business.
They’re also a ton of fun. Vigilante Gaming Bar, a brand new spot dedicated to tabletop and social card games, is carving out a unique niche in the Austin bar scene. Whether you’re a hardcore Dominion expert or disgustingly good at Cards Against Humanity, Vigilante caters to anybody looking for a good time, and an even better game.
Three Years in the Making
It took three years to get here. The brainchild of Preston Swincher (The Keeper of the Bar), Flip Kromer (The Keeper of the Games) and Zach Daschofsky (Director of Marketing), Vigilante was born of the team’s long-standing love of tabletop gaming. They intended to not only share their hobby with the masses, but also to attempt to break common misconceptions.
“What a lot of people underestimate about board gaming right now is that it’s not like Monopoly where it takes an hour to learn and three hours to play it,” shared Swincher. “Most of the popular games right now are games where you can learn it in five minutes. They are very laugh out loud, very fast, very fun, and are designed to get you interact with your friends in new and exciting ways. That’s the experience I want to bring to people. I want to open them up to the world of gaming that they haven’t experienced before.”
Vigilante Gaming Bar opened to the public after two years of painstaking work. The bar greets guests with a dark, inviting wood décor, accented by industrial lighting and rich purple curtains. Along the far right wall, a massive, custom-built gaming shelf stretches the length of the restaurant. In fact, when Swincher and his team arrived, the space was a blank canvas. Everything had to be custom-made.
The venue features two sections: a bar area suited for social games like Cards Against Humanity and Exploding Kittens, and a dedicated gaming area. This latter section features 12 tables designed for “crunchier” titles like Stratego, 7 Wonders and Game of Thrones.
On the social side of the bar, the vibe is slightly upscale without being pretentious or stuffy. Servers stop by only if summoned via a call button on each table, ensuring a distraction-free gaming experience. With plush couches, and ample room for you and your friends, the bar area’s energy is warm and inviting.