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“Nerd Row” probably isn’t what you think it is. Not just limited to Dungeons & Dragons (though, there is a bit of that), this small zone popped up in the Riversdale and nearby neighbourhoods, and is full of great gaming, 3D printing and technology cafes, boardgames pubs and more. Understand that it will definitely appeal to more types than just the stereotypical “nerd.” On this wonderful strip of city you can grab a drink or some food and play some video games or just sit back and enjoy a surrounding packed with superhero, sci-fi and gaming memorabilia.
Seemingly popping up overnight, this section of Saskatoon is a must-visit if you want to immerse yourself in one of Canada’s most unique nightlife scenes. Check out our list of some of the best venues on Nerd Row:
Boardgames aren’t just for night’s where you can’t think of anything else to do. Having a few drinks around the table topped with boardgames is a certified good time. King Me Boardgamery has them all: Settlers of Catan, Ticket To Ride, Monopoly, Scrabble, Life, Risk Battleship, Dungeons and Dragons, and more. While King Me isn’t licensed for alcohol, their snacks and paninis are deadly.
Address: 527 20th Street
Phone: (306) 652-5464
Hours: Mon-Wed 5-11pm, Thurs-Fri 3pm-1am, Sat 12pm-1am, Sun 12-10pm
There’s a reason pinball has lasted as long as it has. It’s really fun. Not necessarily a traditional arcade game, pinball is an acquired skill. Pokey’s brings a lot of the classics as well as some new pinball machines. Serving up some delicious Cuban food at their in-house cafe, if you’re going to Pokey’s it’s best to bring an appetite and a pocket full of quarters.
Address: 211B 33rd Street W
Phone: (306) 343-2196
Hours: Wed-Thurs 11:30am-10:30pm, Fri-Sat 11:30-12am, Sun 1pm-10pm
Virtual Gaming is blowing up right now with the arrival of better technology and gameplay. Aspect brings a bunch of different types of VR consoles and interfaces so you can get a feel for it all. Even if you’re not the gamer type, this one is worth a visit.
Address: 2220 Millar Ave
Phone: (306) 955-1525
Hours: Mon-Thurs 1pm-12am, Fri-Sat 12pm-2am, Sun 12am-12pm
Batari is solely focused on the gamers. Bringing a bunch of new and retro gaming machines and a great bar and food menu that features pub snacks, great cocktails and delicious burgers. To take it the gamer nostalgia a step farther, Batari also has a cereal bar with all of your favourite sugary bowled breakfasts. If you appreciate games, you’ll appreciate Batari.
Address: 511 20th Street West
Phone: (306) 261-8534
Hours: Mon – Closed, Tues-Thurs 5-11pm, Fri 5pm-2am, Sat-Sun 11am-5pm
A short walk away from Batari is Mana Bar. Combining pinball machines, tabletop games, and video games, Mana Bar brings a good balance on all of the gaming fronts. Scroll through a menu on a literal scroll and order up some 19+ elixirs and potions to accompany your food and games. Featuring streamed video game events and Minecraft nights, Mana Bar is clearly for the serious gamers.
Address: 523 20 St W, Saskatoon
Phone: No phone here. But you can e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Hours: Mon-Thurs 4pm-12am, Fri 4pm-1am, Sat 1pm-1am, Sun 1pm-11pm
Throw a 3D printer that can literally print a boat and a cafe together and what do you have? Create Cafe. Featuring one of the largest 3D printers in all of North America, this 28 foot long, eight foot wide, seven foot tall behemoth can print just about anything. The cafe is decorated with guitars, skateboards, and toys all printed within this insane printer. And they make a truly great cup of coffee and tea.
Address: 21-510 Circle Drive East, Saskatoon
Phone: (639) 471-2451
Hours: Mon appointment only, Tues-Sun 10am-8pm
Check out all of Saskatoon’s Nerd Row locations in our Google Map below: