We know how the old saying goes, but sometimes it really is all fun and games, especially if you’re hanging out at Punch Bowl Social. With bowling, karaoke, arcade games and a newly revamped menu, there’s a little something for everyone. Read on to see why we’re digging this lively downtown spot.


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The Space
Occupying the entire third floor of the Pioneer Place Mall, the Portland location of Punch Bowl Social has no shortage of entertainment. With a huge modern space, friendly laid-back vibe and a hip soundtrack playing throughout, you’ll instantly feel at home and be ready for some (not so) serious fun! Whether you come for Sunday morning brunch or dinner after a day of shopping, you’ll find a menu boasting plenty of scratch-cooked items and a ton of games to keep the kids busy. Snag a table at the restaurant before rocking out in one of the private karaoke rooms or trying for the high score on any of the vintage arcade games. Sports fans will love being able to catch the game on multiple televisions peppered throughout the space.

Following the recent addition of celebrity chef and restaurateur Hugh Acheson as the new culinary partner, Punch Bowl Social is debuting a new Southern-inspired menu, including new offerings for the kids.


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The Grub
Punch Bowl Social’s restaurant has your brunch, lunch and dinner needs covered, and the restaurant’s comfortable oversized booths are perfect for families. Little diners will go wild for the Chocolate Chip Malted Waffle ($6), the No-Crust Bologna Sandwich with chips ($7), the Li’l Knock Grass-Fed Burger with fries ($7), or the Black-Eyed Pea Hummus with veggies and chips ($8). Most dishes can easily be made vegetarian or gluten-free, and the crayons and menus for coloring will keep hungry kids entertained until the food arrives. Pair lunch with one of the fresh juices, like the apple, cucumber and lime combo of The Sharpest ($5), or celebrate with the house-made Blueberry Lemonade ($4).

Adults can sample the savory Cubano sandwich with ham, cocoa-dusted pork, pickles, gruyere and mustard cream ($13), the Crispy Chicken Biscuit with honey ($10), or the Greek Yogurt with house-made granola and fruit ($9). At brunch, the Bloody Mary Bar is always a favorite, with an unbelievable selection of drink garnishes. Or, try the hot coffee, house-made sodas, beer, wine or boozy milkshakes. You’ll also find local items such as ingredients from Portland French Bakery, Alexis Foods and Soul Hot Sauce.

In the mood for sharing? The selection of small plates is perfect for giving everyone at the table a taste. Try the Pimento Cheese with Bacon Marmalade ($7), the tempting Farmer’s Board with prosciutto and burrata cheese ($14) or Chicken Wings with sweet cilantro sauce and buttermilk dressing ($8). If you have any room left, try a slice of carrot cake or the Caramel Apple Pie ($7). While you wait for your meals, jump into the nearby photo booth for a great family memento, or knock out a few games of pinball.


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Time to Play
When the food is gone, it’s game time! Head to the other side of Punch Bowl Social and start having a blast. Will it be bowling, deck shuffle or ping-pong? The hardest part is deciding what to do first. Prices vary depending on activity and weekday vs weekend. Lace up those rental shoes and head to one of the bowling lanes for a lucky strike! Bowling with the tots? Bumpers are available so that even the littlest ones can knock those pins down. (Adults can use them too!) After a few frames of bowling, choose from darts, corn hole, a family tournament of ping pong or deck shuffle. Or, have fun trying out the wall of arcade games and see who in your family can get the coveted high score. (For parents of the diaper-wearing set, restrooms with changing tables are just a quick trip down the hall from the arcade games.)

If you’re raising a budding rock star, karaoke is the perfect opportunity for them to belt out all of their favorite tunes. A little shy? Not to worry. The rooms are private, so your family can fearlessly sing it out. With comfortable couches, there’s plenty of space to chill out and get musical for an hour. (Or take a quick nursing break!) Whether it’s Beyoncé, Beastie Boys or Frozen’s “Let It Go” for the hundredth time, there’s something that everyone in your crew will want to sing from the huge selection of songs.


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Party Time!
For those who can’t get enough of the fun, Punch Bowl Social offers private party options and can accommodate events of various types and sizes. Birthday party? Holiday event? Your party can be customized with activities as well as food and beverage options. Possibilities include private bowling lanes, upscale lounge areas, the private patio with a view of downtown and multiple options for entertainment and games. Contact Punch Bowl Social to ask about pricing for your particular party.


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Punch Bowl Social
340 SW Morrison St.
Online: punchbowlsocial.com/location/portland

Have you been to Punch Bowl Social? What do you think of the new menu? Let us know in the comments below!

—Anna Doogan