Reading Go Club
Reading Go Club
All levels welcome!
Monday evenings from 18:30
except bank holidays
The games room at Eclectic was closed for a while, but currently we are still arranging online meet-ups in group Reading Go Club on OGS (online-go.com) at the usual time (including bank holidays) instead.
5 Union Street
The shop is on the west side of Union Street, which is a shop-lined alley running between the two main shopping streets of Friar Street and Broad Street, known locally as "Smelly Alley" (thanks to the wet fish shop, shoe repairers, nail bar and other stores).
We meet during Eclectic Games' Monday games evening, thanks to Becky, Daryl
and the staff at the shop. They have an entry fee of £3.00, just pay in cash to
the person on the till, but the first visit is for free.
Note the shop is open all day now, but game playing does not usually start until 18:30.
If you arrive a little after 18:30 the shutters may be partially lowered to discourage unwanted visitors; just duck under to enter the shop.
The shop is sometimes closed during bad weather or staff illness, as well as all bank holidays.
We meet in the large upstairs playing room of the shop. There will be lots of other games going on too, such as Settlers, Warcraft, trading games. The consequence is that it is sometimes a bit noisy, especially when players start discussing the rules, but the new site is more spread out, so it should is quieter than at the Market Place shop.
Usually we have a couple of players of dan playing strength and also players who are working their way up the kyu grades. Complete beginners are of course welcome. It is best to arrive at or near the start, as we often get tired and leave around 21:00.
There is a machine selling cans (85p), bottles (100p), crisps/snacks (40p-150p) and chocolate (50p-65p), but unfortunately the real coffee machine is broken. You are allowed to bring your own non-smelly food, but not drinks (apart from those bought at the café next door).
Reading has introduced meters for all town centre on-road parking until 8:00 pm. For free parking you have to park outside the IDR ring-road, say in Great Knollys Street. There are two nearby multistoreys, in Queens Road and Mill Lane, which offer a cheaper evening rate, if you can't find anywhere for free.
However we are less than five minutes from the station and several bus routes stop at the end of the alley on Friar Street.
Naturally the shop stocks an extensive range of games, including traditional games such as Go.
0118 950 7319