The Hungry Hippo Board Game Cafe
The Hungry Hippo name was born from a cherished childhood game – no prizes for guessing which one. Husband and wife team Brendan and Katrina Levi started the venture in Redwood Park. Brendan was doing volunteer work at a local cafe to gain business experience for the concept, when his manager offered him the space to trial the idea on weekend nights.
The nights picked up momentum and eventually, through the help of Renew Adelaide, the Levis moved to this permanent location. The building is best known as the former Original Barbecue Inn. Once clad in pink paint with cartoon pig signage, a chubby animal logo is the only similarity that remains.
Here you can immerse yourself in nostalgia with friends, or discover something new. There are some 300 old and new games, including Balderdash, Carcassonne, Connect Four, Risk and Settlers of Catan.
A $5 fee is all you’ll pay for up to three hours of play time. Don’t fret if you book through dinner – casual bites such as sliders, macaroni cheese and tempura vegies are available. Order one as a snack, or combine a few to make a meal.
The venue is licensed, which means a level up on that childhood favourite the milkshake. Spiked versions such as coconut rum cherry ripe and bourbon peanut butter will keep your enthusiasm alive even when you’re losing at Monopoly. A large selection of tap beers, cider and wines is also available.