Last year, when shelter-in-place orders kept us indoors, board games and the like became a primary source of entertainment. Trouble is, not all of them are very nice to look at. So now that we’ve started to invite guests over again, it’s often easier to just shove them on bookshelves or tuck them away in basements, rather than leave them out.
Ideally, home entertainment should double as a coffee table or living room centerpiece when you’re not using it to play a round or two. Fortunately, brands like Baccarat and Ralph Lauren have their own tabletop games—and, if you’re Bugatti, a whole pool table with gyroscopic sensors—that are head-and-shoulders above the typical cardboard box fare. These games feature high-quality materials like crystal, leather and walnut that will make game night a bit more interesting (or at the very least more aesthetically appealing). Here, a closer look at our top picks.