Description of Punch Bowl Social Sacramento, a chain restaurant-entertainment venue located across from the Golden 1 Center in the Downtown Commons (DOCO).
A friend and I stopped in to check out Punch Bowl Social after seeing Solo: A Star Wars Story at the Century DOCO and XD. I had been intending to stop by the venue ever since it opened in mid-December 2017, but this was my first visit.
Punch Bowl Social is in the same building complex as the Sawyer Hotel. It is a two story venue with the main entrance on J Street. You can also enter Punch Bowl Social from DOCO by ascending the staircase to the left of the hotel – which is what we did. Note: There is an elevator in the venue between the two floors.
We were greeted when we entered, and the staff person helpfully answered several questions. She explained to us, among other things, that all the activities are first-come, first-served.
I was surprised at the number of people at Punch Bowl Social in the late afternoon on the Memorial Day holiday. It was not overly crowded – but there were still more people than I had expected.
Punch Bowl Social has a variety of activities and games to engage in including: karaoke, bowling, darts, virtual reality, billiards, foosball, shuffleboard, and assorted vintage arcade games. I also noticed a photo booth as we made the rounds of the venue.
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We did not stop to have a drink at the bar, nor did we try the food offerings. Punch Bowl Social has a full bar and offers, among other things, both “old school” and “new school” mixed drinks as well as assorted punches and adult milkshakes. The Milk-Xologist #2 (St. George NOLA Coffee Liqueur, Branca Menta Liqueur, vanilla soft serve and whipped cream) ($10) sounds intriguing.
The Punch Bowl Social menu is somewhat limited – but there is some variety. In addition to seating in the bar area there is separate restaurant seating – so you may want to head there to eat if you want to engage in a conversation.
Breakfast is served until 3:00 p.m., and the menu includes salads, soups, sandwiches and assorted main dishes as well as usual bar fare such as wings, street tacos, fries, etc. I noted that the menu includes a number of dishes that are, or can be, made vegetarian or gluten free.
To Sum Up
My friend was really glad that we had stopped by to look Punch Bowl Social over. Next time her niece visits she plans to take her there – it is sure to be a big hit. Note: The venue is 21+ after 10:00 p.m.
As for myself, I plan to return at some point with friends to have a drink and a bite to eat – and perhaps play darts or shuffleboard.
See related blog post: Annual Sacramento Restaurant Review Recap (2018)
What has been your experience at Punch Bowl Social?
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