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chris saman
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Going to a boardgame pub with 2 others who are haven't gamed much (one very little, other loves pandemic. When asking what they might like, I came up with the following.

3 players
Medium weight (prob no more than 90 min)
Not coop
high player interaction (but personally for me, no king making, hard with three though.)

The pub is stocked really well, but probably won't have acces to all the new hotness.
 
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You have Gold West and I think that game shines with 3 players. Since you have played it a few times you will be able to teach the other two.
 
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That was my absolute first thought, but dependent on the day, I may not have have room to pack it with me (commute by bike). Might have to stick with the pubs selection. Which reminds me I should check to see if they have it.
 
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Not sure if this fits the bill or not, but I like Valeria Card Kingdoms and Dominion with 3.

A great warm up for 3 is Dead Man's Draw...tons of player interaction, and it moves quickly. Port Royal has little more meat on it, and is similar in terms of interaction.
 
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Spyrium is a beautiful Worker Placement game and works well at 3.

Smash Up can have kingmaking issues, but clever play should mitigate it.
 
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Champions of Midgard
Kemet
Tyrants of the Underdark
Vast: The Crystal Caverns
Blood Rage

Couple of these might qualify as "new hotness", but I leave that to you.
 
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1. Small World
2. Tigris & Euphrates
 
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I think you're main problem is going to be finding something without lots of fiddly bits, which I think would be problematic for gaming in a pub. (But maybe not, not sure how the set up is there.)

For Sale comes to mind immediately because it is a small game, plays quick, does well with 3 and has some interaction.

If you're not a 'manly' group opposed to unmanly themes, I'd suggest Elevenses. Good amount of player interaction, plays in less than an hour. Also very portable.

Tiny Epic Kingdoms can have a lot of interaction. Basically a tiny fantasy wargame. Also very compact.

I'd also suggest Bullfrogs. Really nice area control game with lots of player interaction. Also very compact.

Actually, out of those, I'd probably suggest Bullfrogs first. Plays quite well with three, very small footprint, plays in an hour or less and quite a bit of game. It also doesn't really have a kingmaking problem, so there's that bonus as well.
 
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Especially for your friend who hasn't gamed much, I'd recommend one of these:

Ticket to Ride
Carcassonne
King of Tokyo
Ticket to Ride: Europe
For Sale
Incan Gold
Catan
Love Letter
Splendor
Takenoko

Your pub might have some of those.
 
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Smash Up
 
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San Marco
 
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The End of the Triumvirate is ideal for something like this.
 
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