Bar & Cafe Lategame is a new bar in Tampere catered towards pc-gamers. Opened in late 2019 in Kuninkaankatu this bar aims to bring together all types of gamers and be a hotspot for gamers in general. Multiple gaming PCs and a big screen for viewing esport tournaments make the place great especially for older esport fanatics, although a few more seats near the screen might be a good addition.
Lategame is set-up on 2 floors, where the upper/street-level floor is a café with less gaming options than downstairs but more space for socializing over a cup of coffee. The lower, basement floor, is the esport gaming bar that has 20 gaming computers, a streaming PC, a couple of older PCs for those Heroes of might and magic 3 sessions (an old strategy simulation game which has an excellent multiplayer mode). Honorable mention to their excellent cabinet for table-top roleplaying which has a huge table and enough space to seat 10 players. This is, in my mind, the best place for tabletop gaming in Tampere.
Regular, daily viewing of esports at the venue provides for a good place to stay in touch with esport events. Sports bars are common, esport bars not so much, and for this, the place offers a welcome change in the bar/cafe scene of Tampere city.
Tournaments are held at the spot regularly, featuring popular games such as CS:GO, Dota 2, League of Legends and others.
Besides the obvious focus on pc-gaming, the bar also features several other gaming spots. They’ve got a couple of PS4s, one PS2, a Nintendo classic, a VR-setup upstairs and plenty of board games. The board game collection, as well as all other game collections, are constantly growing via donations and purchases.
Having a beer, an HP or a mana potion and playing with friends late into the night is a favorite past time for many. Lategame aims to make this activity even more social by combining bar activities with gaming and especially the downstairs bar succeeds excellently. The place is like a never–ending Lan-party and it sure feels like something that was missing in Tampere !
What? Bar & Cafe Lategame
Where? In Kuninkaankatu 19, Tampere Finland
Why? For the love of gaming and E-sports
When? From Mondays to Wednesdays at 11-22, on Thursdays at 11-00, on Fridays and Saturdays at 11-02 and on Sundays from 12- 18
Photographs by Heikki Kiiski Photography and are used with permission.