The owner has puts a lot of effort into his drinks, occasionally adding new concoctions to the menu. The “Underdark” beer cocktail (Guinness beer and expresso) a new addition that I’m looking forward to trying next time I’m there. Coffee is from a shop in Northern Kamakura, and the tea is also local or from a shop in Yokohama.
— Table Game café Sirocco (@TGCafeSirocco) November 25, 2023
Behind the Counter
I’ve been to the cafe a total of four times so far. The first time was just to check it out and I enjoyed a coffee while flipping through some books like Road to Lord and the Elden Ring TRPG. The next two times were for D&D sessions in a mini-campaign run by the owner. Most recently I dropped just to say, “hi” after a Sword World game was cancelled, and I ended up chatting with the owner for a few hours.
The owner is exceptionally friendly, and really has a passion for games, which have been a part of his life since middle school. It’s given him long lasting friendships and memories, and one of his goals is to create a space for others to likewise do so. Another impetus for starting the cafe was the pandemic, which made him want to work locally. He wants to make a space for people to have fun gaming while drinking delicious drinks.
His love of games is apparent, and the place is meant for all types of games. Board games can inspire TRPG sessions (not to mention be mined for components), and TRPG sessions can become board or miniature games. Supporting all types of table games allows cross pollination. This approach also carries over to the interior design. While there is the side room, the rest of the tables are in the open, allowing people to see games other people are playing, and in turn potentially inspire interest in games one may not be familiar with.
The store is spacious and brightly lit. Previously a convenience store, the front is lined with large glass windows letting in natural light. The owner intentionally keeps the lights bright to make reading game text and books easier.
Three tables are hexagonal, while three others in the main room are standard rectangles that sit four. There are also smaller tables lining the windows for use by cafe guests not playing games. A side room contains two tables.
I’ve participated in two D&D sessions, and the cafe was comfortable. The table had plenty of space for everyone’s drinks, character sheets, and the map.
There’s a one drink requirement in addition to the time-based usage fee. The hourly rate is ¥500 per hour, but there are afternoon and evening packages, as well as monthly passes. There’s a student discount on week day afternoons, 5 hours for ¥1,000. Drinks are in the ¥400 to ¥800 range, though some beers are more expensive.
Table Game Cafe Sirocco is location five minutes from Ofuna station, near the large Kannon statue.