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West Loop’s Newest Opening Features Bowling, Games, and Booze

Punch Bowl Social’s first Chicago location debuts Saturday

Punch Bowl Social’s bowling alley.
Barry Brecheisen
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There’s another place to play in the West Loop starting Saturday night when Punch Bowl Social — a 30,000-square-foot playpen with food, booze, arcade games, and a bowling alley — debuts. Punch Bowl is a Denver chain that already has a location in suburban Schaumburg. But this spot is a more urban design with cornhole, darts, and virtual reality.

Laundromats are a popular front for surprises, and Punch Bowl visitors will enter past pastel-colored machines. Punch Bowl casts a large net for those who just want to drink and game, hungry customers who want a full meal, and people who just want to watch sports. Fried chicken, lobster fries, and grain bowls are on the menu.

The drinks mirror other locations, but given this location’s proximity to the United Center, home of the once mighty Blackhawks, they’ve renamed one punch after the Stanley Cup. There’s a variety of signature drinks, draft beer, and wine.

Walk through the adult wonderland below. Saturday’s opening ceremonies include a performance from Local H to raise money for KT’s Kids.

Punch Bowl Social, 310 N. Green Street, (312) 809-9551, hours not posted yet.

These laundry machines are for show.
It’s a playful space.
The space has flexibility for casual or more-formal night’s out.
They’ll serve a full menu, too.
Punch Bowl’s bar.
Barry Brecheisen
Shipping containers are so trendy.
Taxidermy is part of Punch Bowl’s aesthetic.
Sit down and watch your friends play pool.
A giant Scrabble board.
Those books aren’t real.
Skee-Ball, NBA Jam, and more.
There are plenty of stylish seating options.
One of the space’s lounge areas.
These are more comfy than most bowling alley seats.
Finally, a place to bowl in the West Loop.
Barry Brecheisen
Is it cornhole or bags?
There’s plenty of spaces with TVs.
Cricket, anyone?
Cilantro Fizz
Orchard & Oak
High Fashion
Two Hat’s Blues
Lord Stanley’s Cup Punch
Lobster Bacon Fries
Maine Squeeze Platter
Superfood Grain Bowl

Punch Bowl Social

310 N Green St, Chicago, IL 60607 Visit Website