If you ever find yourself with a hankering for some old-fashioned fun and foodie-approved bites, you may end up at Atlanta’s The Painted Pin, Ormsby’s, or The Painted Duck. But now there’s another option in Atlanta, and it claims to take this “eatertainment” concept to a whole new level.
Punch Bowl Social just opened on March 24 at The Battery Atlanta with a large-and-in-charge 25,000-square-foot facility. Housing a restaurant, arcade, and gaming center, the two-story venture plans to compete with existing eatertainment concepts by offering a more intentional food menu. How? Well, with Top Chef judge Hugh Acheson at the helm, of course.
That means, while guests are hanging in the virtual reality parlors, indulging in a private room to play virtual reality games, they can also order a superfood grain bowl to munch on. Acheson, the establishment’s culinary director, wanted to create a “diner-inspired” menu, which includes items such as cauliflower nachos, lobster bacon fries, and street tacos—all shareable plates with a familiar feel and modern twist.
To accompany the feeling of familiarity, games of yesteryear take center stage at the establishment. Ping pong, skee ball, shuffleboard, and an ‘80s arcade all grace the premises, along with eight bowling lanes, a bocce court, and private karaoke rooms. Yes—we’ll say that again: Private karaoke rooms.
Of course, any good time spent playing Pac-Man as an adult would be a missed opportunity without the addition of an adult-friendly beverage. Beer, wine, and cocktails are also on the menu, and there are some tempting non-alcoholic beverages to choose from, too. Think all-natural sodas, shakes, floats, and fresh-pressed juices.
No matter where in the giant venue you decide to unleash your competitive spirit, wait service is included everywhere—from the 360-degree bar to the diner to the rooftop patio and the karaoke and virtual reality rooms.
So, go ahead. Relax. Order a punch bowl, challenge your friends to a grueling game of skee ball, and relive the glory days. Your lobster bacon fries will be there shortly.
Punch Bowl Social Atlanta
LOCATION: 875 Battery Ave St. 720, Atlanta, Georgia, 30339
MON – FRI: 11am-2am
*Ages 21+ after 10pm