Monday, November 12, 2018

Punch Bowl Social to open Arlington location December 8

Retro Diner at Punch Bowl Social San Diego (Photos: Punch Bowl Social)

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Punch Bowl Social Arlington to Open December 8

The award-winning brand will launch in Ballston Quarter with a grand opening party

Punch Bowl Social will open its new 25,000-square foot restaurant, bar and entertainment destination (4238 Wilson Blvd.) in Arlington’s Ballston Quarter on Saturday, December 8.

The highly-anticipated new venue will occupy three stories, featuring relaxed bar seating with full menu service; select gaming, including one of two private karaoke rooms; and the intimate Holiday Lodge with fireplace on the first and second floors. The third floor will be home to the brand’s classic diner area with booth and tabletop seating, a custom 360-degree bar with televisions and various lounging and gathering spots for groups large and small. Two patios - the first adjacent to the diner and the second on the building’s north side - will boast a bocce ball court and plenty of outdoor seating options.

To celebrate the new Punch Bowl Social, guests are invited to a ticketed grand opening party on December 8, beginning at 7 PM where the $20 suggested donation entry price will benefit local nonprofit So Others Might Eat. Later, a free open-to-the-public party will begin at 9 PM to keep the celebration going through the night. Additional grand opening event details, including entertainment and ticket sale specifics, will be shared on the official Arlington Punch Bowl Social Facebook page in the coming weeks.

Bowling lanes at Punch Bowl Special San Diego

Punch Bowl Social Arlington will feature signature, made-from-scratch items like Chicken-n-Waffles with Chipotle Syrup, the Classic Burger, Fried Bologna Sandwich, Street Tacos, and an expanded selection of shareables, including Pork Rillettes and Green Chorizo Fries. The craft beverage program features creative non-alcoholic cocktails, local beers, select wines and the company’s namesake punches.

The 360 degree bar at Punch Bowl Social Chicago

While enjoying the new venue’s expansive selection of social activities such as bowling, ping pong, skee-ball, shuffleboard, foosball, darts, bocce ball, vintage arcade games and more, guests can revel in the vintage Big Top decor. Design themes throughout include checkerboard flooring, trapeze-inspired light fixtures, circus animal accessories and wall furnishings, antique funhouse mirrors and walls clad in vintage circus tickets.

Arcade game room at Punch Bowl Social Rancho Cucamonga

The new location will also add some local touches, too, an important design element for founder and CEO Robert Thompson, who actually lived and worked in the DMV in his 20s. Geometric patterns that mimic DC Metro station architecture and the nearby Pentagon, as well as the “Virginia is for Lovers”-inspired, love-themed karaoke rooms will make locals feel right at home. There’s even a nod to Arlington history, taken from the city’s Luna Park, a Victorian-era amusement park infamous for its 1906 “great elephant escape” that saw four pachyderms make an unexpected run through the neighborhood.

“Opening in Arlington is a homecoming of sorts for me,” says Thompson. “Ballston Quarter always had the potential to be a regional draw, and I’m so excited that Punch Bowl Social can be part of that revitalization.”

Punch Bowl Social opened its first location in Denver in 2012, and Arlington will mark the brand’s 15th location and its first in the mid-Atlantic region. The other 14 properties in the Punch Bowl Social nationwide portfolio are in Atlanta, Austin, Chicago, Cleveland, Denver, Detroit, Indianapolis, Minneapolis, Rancho Cucamonga, CA, Portland, OR, Sacramento, San Diego; Schaumburg, IL and Stapleton, CO.

The lifestyle brand, recently selected as one of Fast Company’s Most Innovative Companies of 2018, has garnered recognition for its industry-changing execution of the eat, drink, play concept, pairing made-from-scratch dishes and craft beverages with social gaming, all in a design-forward environment. Last month, Punch Bowl Social was also one of five winners of the Nation’s Restaurant News 2018 Hot Concepts Award.

Punch Bowl Social is the first experiential food & beverage brand to bring a scratch kitchen and craft beverages together with social gaming under a design-forward roof. Punch Bowl Social serves weekend brunch, lunch, dinner, and late-night snacks while serving up a variety of artisanal punches, micro-beers and craft non-alcoholic beverages. Punch Bowl Social has been awarded more than a dozen national and local awards. For more information, please visit