Imagine playing Catan: Cities & Knights with friends in a cozy cafe with fogged windows, great beer on tap, tasty sandwiches on the menu, and fleets of other nerds getting their game on. This is the dream delivered by Cafe Mox, the gaming parlor attached to Card Kingdom, which sells every game your geek-beating heart could yearn for—from family favorites to BoardGameGeek.com chart-toppers—and rents private gaming rooms and has a game library for free play. Did I mention that Cafe Mox waitresses will make you a steaming hot cup of apple potion (apple cider with caramel) if you ask real nice? (Cafe Mox, 5105 Leary Ave NW, 436-0540, open daily 10 am–midnight, free)

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