Punch Bowl Social Opens in St. Louis Park

A few winters ago I had the distinct pleasure of living in Denver.  When I wasn’t out on the slopes, the Punch Bowl Social was one of my favorite spots (especially for Sunday Bloody Mary bar).

Punch Bowl Social Space

It’s like a giant hipster game room mixed with downtown Chicago Hotel. 24,000 sq feet of stylin’ decor, great food (Southern-American-Gastro), ’80’s arcade games, full-sized bowling alley, a few giant bars, and signature round “social” bar in the main area.

punch bowl bar area

 

Karaoke “chambers” house a private karaoke room in old shipping containers, vested-bartenders serve up strong cocktails in mason jars, giant TV’s play the game… Darts, Skeeball, Giant Jenga… The Punch Bowl Social really does it all to keep you active.

 

-THRIFTY TIP-
The “Bing-and-a-Bang” Special (ask for it by name) is all the time; a $6 Can of Blatz and shot of Jim Beam.  AND Free Darts!

 

The Bar & Craft Cocktails

The Punch Bowl Social is known for strong craft cocktails. Prices are pretty consistent with most downtown Minneapolis bars; around $9-11 for most craft drinks, and my personal favorite, the Adult Milkshakes.

Punch Bowl Social Adult Cocktails
Adult Milkshakes pictured with confit nachos

 

We asked the head bartender who was visiting from Cleveland what the best deal was.

 

“Order rails. Punch Bowl Social uses nice rails for large, $6 drinks ($4 for Happy Hour) making them the best bet for a budget buzz.” He told us.

 

punch bowl social craft cocktails
This smokey take on an old fashioned was 4 shots of booze.

 

Southern-Style Food

Southern-American Gastro Pub fare puts sandwiches and gourmet burgers (served with some of the best Fries I’ve had) at $10-13.

Entrees, like the Chicken-and-Waffles or Trout (pictured below) ring in around $17.  The Confit Ribs were succulent, fall-off-the-bone tender from an all-day braising in oil; clocked in at the highest price on the menu for $21.

punch bowl social st. louis park, mn
The Fried Chicken on this chicken and waffles was by far the highlight! Salty, crisp, perfect.  Overall I thought the dish was a touch sweet, but I do love me some C&W.

 

punch bowl social st. louis park, mn
My favorite dish; the Trout and Black-Eyed-Peas was crispy salted skin-on filet.

 

Punch Bowl Social st louis park


 

Punch Bowl Happy Hour

The PBS has a great happy hour; especially for St. Louis Park area. Featuring $2-8 Food and $4-6 Drinks.

 

punch bowl social happy hour
Home-made bacon jam pimento spread with toast is $6 for Happy Hour

HAPPY HOUR DRINKS

  • $2.50 Cans of beer (hey Surly guys, Coors Banquet, your fav, is included!)
  • $4 Well Drinks
  • $5 House Wines
  • $6 Whiskey Sours, Tom Collins (pictured), Daily Punch, and Daiquiris

HAPPY HOUR FOOD

The best deal for sure are the $2 Carnitas Tacos are a gourmet take on simple traditional street food.  You can also do a smaller version of their Burger, made with Grass-fed beef for $8 (with fries).

There are also $4 snacks, like Fried Hominy, Hummus, or Chips and Dip, or $8 Poutine.

 

punch bowl happy hour cocktails
$6 Happy Hour Tom Collins and decent tap list too

Punch Bowl Social

1691 Park Place Bldv St. Louis Park, MN

Now open in the old Toby Keith space! Stop in and enjoy!

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Free Darts and Smaller Games
Above-Average "rails" are a bargain
$6 Beer-and-a-Shot all the time
Craft Cocktails & Adult Milkshakes
Cool Victorian Design
80's Arcade games and private karaoke

– Here's the Deal –

Huge place with good food, large drinks, free and cheap games!