Multi-coloured board Game Pieces

Welcome to
The Bard and Bear

Good times. Good games.


Open Early for Canada Day

We'll be open at noon on Friday, July 1st, so you can fit more games into your holiday weekend!

Weekend hours will be:​

Friday, July 1st: 12-12

Saturday, July 2nd: 12-12

Sunday, July 3rd: 12-10


Open for Play & Dining,

In-Store & on Our Patio!

Dining/play, take-out, and retail available. Indoor and outdoor seating available.  

Masks strongly encouraged when not seated.

Reservations recommended!

Call us during opening hours or use the Contact form at the bottom of the page to book yours.

(For same day reservations, please call!)

For the most up-to-date information, announcements, and closures, please refer to our Instagram (accessible here through the Instagram page).

Monday - Closed
Tuesday - 4-11
Wednesday - 4-11
Thursday - 4-11
Friday - 4-12
Saturday - 12-12
Sunday - 12-10


What We Offer

We came to play.


Delicious sandwiches and snacks

Flavour to die for.


Over 800 games to play

For every group and every age.
$5 per person for three hours of play.


MTG Commander Wednesdays

Join us every Wednesday evening for some fun, friendly casual EDH! Beginners welcome. Games start at 7, but we’ll happily add you to game two (or three, or four) whenever you can make it here!
How do we define casual? No infinite combos, and you’re here primarily to have fun!
$8 entry. Prizes provided.


Play D&D (and more!) at the B&B

Interested in joining a TTRPG campaign at The Bard and Bear as a player or DM/GM? Fill in the form at the link below, and we'll help you find a group and begin your quest.

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About Us

We are Steven and Megan Edmonds, the husband-and-wife team behind Hamilton's newest board game café. We're so excited to invite you all over for a game night - and a chance to share our love for all things board games and Dungeons & Dragons!


Looking for Parking?

We know parking can get a little tight on James St N, so here are some recommendations:
Paid Street Parking all along James St N (Free on Saturday, Sunday, and evenings!)
Municipal Lot 36 - Just off of Mulberry St
Municipal Lot 70 - Just behind the Cathedral, access off of Hughson St N


Contact Us

Have a question?

Want to make a reservation?

Let us know!

For same-day reservations, please call during our open hours.

And please call to let us know if you're running late – we can only hold the table for 15 minutes without notice.

237 James St North, Hamilton, Ontario

905 523 0739

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