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Get Social: Dungeons and Dragons at the Duke of Brunswick (Image Supplied)
In the days before breathalysers and pokies, pubs in Adelaide were social places. People who were bored, new in town, or looking to mix with mates would pop down to the local for a game of darts or eight ball. Striking up a conversation at the bar was the norm, and singles used to it their advantage.
These days it's not quite the same. I can't remember when I last saw a game of darts in a pub, and pool tables are not too common either. Pensioners can't afford to sit at the bar all day long nursing a pint, and office lunches are much rarer than previously.
The Duke of Brunswick has been a community pub for 160 years, bringing together the people of the south west corner of Adelaide. Cricket matches were played in the parklands behind the pub ("Duke of Yorke Hotelites vs The Moderate Drinkers"), playing cards was a pastime, and there were rumours of betting slips on the piano.
A recent change of ownership has seen the tradition of being social at the Brunswick revived, with a packed calendar of events and fun things to do. There is a modest charge for most of the activities, but nothing that you can't afford. Everything from games to physical fitness is on offer - take a look what's on.
D&D at the DOB. If you and a bunch of mates want to play Dungeons and Dragons, it can be a squeeze playing at home. The Brunswick has plenty of space, drinks delivered to your table, and a tasty snack menu to enjoy as you game all for just ten bucks.
Pilates - One of the Fun Things to Do at The Brunswick (Image Supplied)
Pilates at the Pub Pilates is a great way to exercise and is said to have many benefits. It builds strength, increases flexibility, and develops muscle tone. Come along to a Pilates session with personal trainer Michael and see what it does for you. You can book an optional breakfast after to get your day started well.
Dogdayz The Duke of Brunswick is a dog friendly pub (as my Max and Millie will confirm). Bring your furkids to the pub on Dogdayz and let them meet new friends in the pub's Secret Garden. On every second Sunday of the month for $5, the kids get some treats the and proceeds go to the Animal Welfare League. After all, dogs like to get seriously social too.
This Improvised Life Everyone loves a good story: in this hilarious improvised show, performers take true stories as told by guest monologists and ride them off the rails into completely unscripted territories. Hold on to your seats.
A Back Rub for the Furkids at This Dog Friendly Pub
Open Mic Improv
Presented on the last Thursday of every month, the Open Mic Improv night gives anyone who wants to try their hand at improv an opportunity. No stakes. No pressure. Just bring some friends and get on stage. (free event).
Quest Time: A Fantasy Roleplaying Show
Haven't we all secretly wanted to be someone else? King Arthur? Queen Elizabeth? Tony Abbott? This night is a mix of improv comedy and fantasy roleplaying. A group of intrepid adventurers are brought together to undertake an epic quest.
You won't want to miss a single show as the adventurers level-up, find magical items, uncover mysteries about the world they inhabit, and expose dark and sinister plots.
See What Sticks
Have you ever wanted to compete on a game show such as Minute to Win It? In See What Sticks, three volunteers will be challenged at the start of every show to participate in a game which will inspire a brand new, hilarious improvised story.