All Around The Board
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about us


Grab a Friend and Play a game!  

All Around The Board is the first table-top game cafe in the Lake Norman area!  This is the perfect place to spend time with friends, family, or that special someone!  Enjoy snacks and make memories that will last a lifetime while you play old classics or try something new! 

18047-E West Catawba Ave.  Cornelius, NC 28031   (980) 231-5515


Hours Of Operation and Pricing

(Please check our calendar for holiday hours!)


Wednesday  4:30pm-10pm

Thursday  4:30pm-10pm

Friday  4:30pm-11pm

Saturday 3pm-11pm

Sunday 3pm-9pm

(No admittance 1 hour prior to closing time.)


Cover Charge Pricing:

Our regular cover charge is $6 per person.  

(Children 3 and under are free)

1 Month Game Pass:  $30

Note: Some special event pricing may differ so please check the event listing on our website.  If the event price will differ from our regular cover charge, the price will be listed with the event information.

There is additional parking behind our building so if the front lot is full, please feel free to park around back!  :)




How it works

Cover CHarge

Pay the $6 cover charge and gain unlimited access to our library of games.  Rent a game to play at our cafe, when finished, you are welcome to check it back in and check out another!  Stick with the classics, try something new, join with another group of visitors and add in game expansion packs.... the possibilities are endless!  Grab a table in one of our 3 game rooms and have fun!  

Game Library

We have 350+ games for people of all ages!  From age 2 to age 99, we have something for everyone!  Choose from well over 200 games in our library and make memories!

If we don't have a game you like, make a game suggestion in our suggestion box and we will look at adding it to our library.  We are constantly expanding our library and are open to suggestions from our guests!

snacks and beverages

We have snacks and beverages for purchase so you can snack while you game!  Enjoy some chips, Pizzas, muffins, sodas, coffees, teas, etc while your spend some time enjoying our games!  

We are now serving beer, wine, and hard Cider!


Find Game Friends!

Looking for people to play a game with?  We have  a "Find a Game Cafe Friend" list just for that purpose!  Add your name, the game/games you'd like people to play, and your contact information.  If someone wants to set up a game session with you at the cafe, they can contact you to set up a "game date!"  This is a great and easy way to find others that enjoy the same things you do!  Find another couple to play Euchre, Catan fans, people to play Bunco with, or a D&D group!  

SPecial events

We host special evenings throughout the month so please don't forget to check out our calendar!  Join us for a Family Game Night, Singles Night, Ladies Night, Trivia Night, Monopoly Night, etc.  

If there is a certain special event night that you would like to see on our calendar, please put in a request with us!  You can submit requests on our Facebook page, instagram, email, or by putting a request in our suggestion box in the cafe!

Murder Mystery Dinners

Ever wanted to be a part of a murder mystery dinner?  This is your chance!  

want to host your own murder mystery dinner at our game cafe?  Allow us to take care of the caterers, set up, and clean up!  Just come and enjoy being a part of the murder mystery and solve "whodunnit?"  Our Murder Mystery Dinners are catered by fresh chef in cornelius.   You can choose from mulitple dinner selections to best fit your group.  The Murder mystery dinner is $35 per person!  Get a group of between 8-14 friends or family together and enjoy a truly unique night out!  call or email us to get started booking your murder mystery dinner!

Click here for more information! 


Birthday Parties

Have your child's birthday party at All around the board!  Click here for more information!


Reserve a Game room

Would you like some place new to host your game night or card group?  Want to rent  room for a new kind of birthday party?  Ask us about hosting your group or party in one of our game rooms!  We are also available to open during non-business hours for clubs and groups looking to have some tabletop game fun!  Click Here for more information!

Team Building

Want to work on team building for your business?  Allow us to help you build a team building experience for your employees filled with fun in a relaxed atmosphere!  


Gift Shop

Purchase some of our handmade game themed gifts from our gift shop!  We currently offer game themed wine charms and book markers!


Giving Back

Here at All Around The Board, we want to give back to the community.  We offer fundraising opportunities with community schools and organizations.  We offer a coupon with the school or organization's name.   When people provide that coupon when they come in, a percentage of their cover charge will be donated to their school/organization.  These fundraisers can be held over one day, a  full weekend, or a  week.  For more information on our fundraising opportunities, click here!  

If you're interested in setting up a fundraiser with us, please call (980) 231-5515 or email!  


Homeschool Sessions

We offer Homeschool Sessions for any local homeschool groups wanting to schedule a time for their students to interact and play games.  Games teach numerous beneficial skills.  For more information, click here!

Lake Norman Chess Club

Lake Norman Chess club meets at All Around the board to play chess on sundays from 3-5pm. To learn more about becoming a part of the Lake norman chess club, click here.

It’s not about the cards you’ve been dealt. It’s how you play your hand.

Event Nights

Join us for one of our event nights!  We will periodically host special nights throughout each month to give people a chance to meet, mingle, play games, and have fun!


Contact Us

All Around the Board is a family run business in Lake Norman, NC.  

We are conveniently located near Birkdale Village!

18047 West Catawba Avenue

Suite E

Cornelius, NC 28031





Donita Glinski

Executive Director


Nicole Cheslak

Director of Operations


Tara Hulec

Creative Director


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