Demo a board game before buying at Pawn & Pint
Pawn & Pint
Modern board games can get expensive, especially when you don’t know if you’ll like the gameplay.
For $5, you can avoid that problem at Pawn & Pint in the River Market area (13 Walnut St., Kansas City, Mo. 816-701-9227, pawnsandpints.com), a pub filled with over 1,000 games ranging from classics like Monopoly and Settlers of Catan to oddities like Cloud9 and Imperial Starfire.
Owner Edward Schmalz was previously a middle school teacher and became worried when he noticed his students spent most of their time looking at their phones instead of playing together. After visiting a similar shop in Omaha, he decided to bring the concept to Kansas City.
“If you come here and look around any day of the week, if you find anyone on their cell phones, I will buy you your next round because you won’t find anyone,” he says.