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Retro Game Night at Aloft Durham Downtown

Wanna wind down after a long day in the office? Come on out to the Aloft Hotel in Durham from 8pm to 11pm for a leisurely game of Cards Against Humanity…or a exhilarating game of Giant Jenga.

In addition to’s impressive 75+ collection of games, Game Night guests will also get to play with a Giant Jenga (seen above) and Giant Connect4. When the weather is looking good, Game Night guests will also enjoy over 100 Wii Games (including Just Dance) on a giant outdoor projection screen.

Frequently Asked Questions

How Does This Event Work?
You will arrive to the event and check-in with Donald, your Game Night host (look for the guy wearing the black shirt). If you can, please make a $1 donation to our board game fund, as that helps us to add more games to the collection every month! After you have checked in, you are welcome to browse the Board Game Collection aka "The Library" and grab a game to play, otherwise walk around and join a game in progress if there's room. Once you finish playing a game, please return it to the collection then feel free to grab another!

Can I Come Alone? Yes! Absolutely! This event is perfect for people who are new in town, recently single or just want to get out of the house and have some fun! When you arrive, just look for Donald, your host, who will be wearing a black shirt.

Can I Bring a Date? Yes, this makes for a great, low-key (and super affordable) date night. Grab a drink and board game and play all night. And hey, it’s at a hotel

Is This Event Really Free? Yes, it really is! We do ask for a $1 donation to our board game fund if you can spare it, otherwise you’ll just be expected to pay for any food or drinks you would like to purchase.

Do They Serve Food and Drinks? Yes, the Aloft Durham sells heavy appetizers like wings, pizza, etc and lots of yummy cocktails and 1/2 price wine. I'm personally a fan of their Grilled Cheese and Tomato soup combo (YUM!)

What's the deal with the Mardi Gras Beads? Master Dater Events has kindly donated a ton of Mardi Gras beads to our events, so we give out Mardi Gras beads to all singles in the room (nope, no funny business involved!) Just a fun way to mix n' mingle and meet fellow singles.

How Many People Typically Attend this Event? We typically get between 15-20 people for this event in addition to hotel patrons and passerbys that join in!

What is your current Game of the Month? Our current featured Game of the Month is CODENAMES: DEEP UNDERCOVER which is provided by our Game Night sponsor, Family Legacy Financial Services.

About Codenames: Deep Undercover
Two rival spymasters know the secret identities of 25 agents. Their teammates know the agents only by their CODENAMES. In Codenames: Deep Undercover, two teams compete to see who can make contact with all of their agents first. Spymasters give one-word clues that can point to multiple words on the board. Their teammates try to guess words of the right color while avoiding those that belong to the opposing team. And everyone wants to avoid the assassin.

Meet Your Game Night Host
Meet DONALD, our awesome host of Retro Game Night at Aloft Durham Downtown. He is a BOSS who enjoys beer and kicking ass in Settlers of Catan. When he's not making strategy game enthusiasts cry, he dances his ass off and makes everyone feel rhythmically inadequate. He loves Video Games, Board Games and is a Hardcore Star Wars fan.

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