Twenty One Pips Game Room and Kitchen, a swanky but never stuffy dining and board game concept, located at 24 Cricket Avenue in Ardmore, PA is opening its doors to the public Friday, July 22, 2022. From the owner of Thirsty Dice, Philadelphia’s first board game café, Twenty One Pips, will offer guests an engaging dining experience with board games, locally sourced sharable menu items, and elevated pub-style entrees. In addition, a curated wine, beer, and whiskey program and a seasonal selection of craft cocktails featuring local makers comprise the beverage program.
Operating hours will be Monday to Thursday from 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m., Friday from 11:30 a.m. to 12 a.m., Saturday from 11 a.m. to 12 a.m., and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. In addition to regular operating hours, grab-and-go coffee and pastries will be available Monday to Friday from 7 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., Saturday from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
The beverage program will feature a signature blend of locally roasted coffee created by Philadelphia’s Herman’s Coffee.
Locally sourced, house-made and customizable items dominate the Twenty One Pips menu. Customizable boards boast a rotating selection of artisanal cheeses and house-made crudité and spreads including Glazed Carrots with agave, ginger, and turmeric; Split Pea Hummus with garlic confit and wonton crackers; Eggplant Polpette Fritters with za’atar spice and whipped tahini and locally prepared charcuterie such as Soppressata; Nduja, a spicy spreadable pork sausage, or Pfefferwurst hickory-smoked hard sausage ($18/3, $25/5, $32/7). Additional items include a variety of flatbreads, ranging from Not Your Nonna’s Margherita with fior di latte, basil pesto and white balsamic glaze ($17), to Kennett Square Mushroom a vegan option with artichoke puree, confit garlic, kale, truffled herb oil ($17).
Small Plate offerings consist of Hand Cut Chesapeake Fries with crab, cheddar, Old Bay remoulade and scallions ($13) along with Caulilini with bagna càuda, Calabrian chili oil, and asiago ($13) and Crunchy Cheddar Curds with herb breading and marinara ($10). The signature 21 Burger is topped with bacon and bacon jam, Gouda mornay, house-made pickles and served with a side of pub fries or a side salad ($17).
Entrées and salads include ½ Chicken, a smoked and roasted half Cornish chicken served with braised kale, pommes purée and bourbon jus ($29); Main Line Mac & Cheese with a Gouda Mornay, cheese curds, fire-roasted tomato, and herbed breadcrumbs ($18) and a Citrus Arugula with orange slices, heirloom carrot, pistachio gremolata, lemon-basil vinaigrette ($14).
Desserts round out the menu with an Espresso Semifreddo made with a signature blend of Herman’s Coffee Co. espresso and dark chocolate ganache ($9) and a Cast Iron Brookie is a freshly baked triple chocolate brownie + cookie ($10) or á la mode with Bassetts vanilla (+$2).
The extensive and fun ‘Pips-Squeak’ Menu offers pint-sized portions of a Burger with American cheese and fries ($9), Chicken Tenders with fries ($9), Kid’s Cheese Pizza ($13), Mac and Cheese ($8), or the healthier alternative of Grilled Chicken & Veggies ($13).
Playful cocktails like the Professor Plum made with gin, lemon, butterfly pea tea syrup, plum sake, and elderflower tonic ($12), Game Changer with cucumber-infused tequila, mezcal, jalapeño agave, orange liqueur, lime, and bitters ($13) or Carrie the Team with citron vodka, cranberry liqueur, mandarin orange liqueur and lime ($14) and three mocktails headline the beverage program. Extensive wine, whiskey, and local craft beer selections ensure there is a perfect libation for every occasion including local favorites like Hatfield nano-brewery Imprint Beer Co. and Lansdale distillery Boardroom Spirits.
The enormous Twenty One Pips game library will feature more than 600 games. Similar to Thirsty Dice, full-time gametenders will be on hand to help guests explore games based on themes and interests ranging from strategy-based like Catan, party games like Blank Slate, or family-friendly like Dixit – and of course, the entire catalog of nostalgic classics like Guess Who, Trivial Pursuit, Yahtzee and Jenga. Library passes ($5 for two hours) grants access to all games.
“We are excited to join the Main Line community and help guests explore how easy and enjoyable it can be to connect while playing games and sharing a great meal. Twenty One Pips is a neighborhood spot to meet friends after work, enjoy cocktails, or entertain your family while sipping on a great glass of wine and nibbling on locally sourced cheese and charcuterie – what could be better?” asks Matt Hendricks, owner of Twenty One Pips.