I went to Meeple Factory once for my friend’s birthday party, and it was one of the coolest and most memorable experiences I’ve ever had. There were eight of us then, so we decided to have a party inside the separate room, which included a foosball table, a table for Air Hockey, video games, KTV, and a table for Texas Hold’em Poker.
As a 14 year-old girl, I am super embarrassed to say that I had never played foosball in my life. But the game was fun! I played foosball with my friends for around two hours without any restrictions and my wrists were still hurting two days later. While I played foosball and later air hockey, the others sang KTV, played video games, or crowded around board games. After this unforgettable experience, I can say with every bit of confidence that teenagers and kids all should not miss the chance to have fun in Meeple factory.
Located on No.2 Lizexi Road, the Meeple Factory has been open for one year and mainly features a large collection of board games for people of all ages to play. These activities will certainly rouse your curiosity and swiftly lift up your spirits.
Right in the center of the factory are two large walls that contain over 200 different kinds of board games. Others recommended Splendor, Terra Mystica, and Blood Rage. I consider Ten Days in Europe as the best.
Meeple Factory is suitable for ages 5 years old and up, but mostly from 14-28 years old. I did not see people aged over 40 during my visit, but certainly some small kids. The manager, Ms. Wang, has very capable English as she graduated from a university in Hong Kong. I didn’t meet her when we last played in the factory or when I went for an interview, but according to the staff, she is very kind and helpful. If English-speaking-only teens plan to play, communication will not be a problem because some of the staff also know how to explain different activities and board games in English.
Some come to Meeple Factory right after school or work to relax. Decorations can be provided for birthday parties and company end of year parties. Please note the separate room requires a minimum of eight guests.
Frequent visitors have the privilege of a 85 to 90 percent discount. Some discounts are also available during special holidays or celebrations, for example, on Chinese Valentine’s Day, couples will get 50 percent off and festive games.
Mon-Fri: RMB40/person, RMB788/person in the separate room.
Sat-Sun: RMB50/person, RMB1,188/person in the separate room.
Mon-Thu. 2pm-midnight, Fri-Sun Noon-2am. No.112 West Lizexi Road, Wangjing, Chaoyang District, Beijing. (135 8167 3717, firstname.lastname@example.org) 北京市朝阳区望京利泽西二路112号B1元典美术馆
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PHOTOS: COURTESY OF PENELOPE ZHANG AND MEEPLE FACTORY