I’m always on the lookout for activities that my teenage kids can enjoy with their friends–I mean, a person can only hang out at the mall so much before it gets boring. (especially when you’re not old enough to have a paycheck!). So when I was invited to spend a few hours at Punch Bowl Social–Denver’s newest and hippest dining and entertainment mecca–I knew exactly who to invite!
I headed into the city with a car load of five girls who were ready to party. When we arrived at PBS, we were led through the diner, bowling alley, shuffleboard area, and up the stairs to the private Karaoke suite, where plates of yummy snacks and a bowl of punch (natch!) awaited us.
Our server gave a quick once-over of the karaoke machine, (it’s based on an XBox remote so obvs, the kids already had it figured out) and left us to enjoy our private party! Pretty soon the girls and I were noshing, singing, and having sooo much fun. OK, I am NOT the karaoke type, but knowing that we had our very own room loosened my inhibitions a bit and despite my better judgement, I even got in on the action!
After 2 hours of jamming on the karaoke machine (which went by insanely fast), we headed out to the upstairs arcade and ping pong area to play for a while before going home. I wish we’d have had time to bowl, also! We’ll definitely be back, though.
The karaoke rooms run $25/hr and seat about 8 people comfortably, making them a great choice for a small gathering! There is also bowling, ping-pong, shuffleboard, billiards, and vintage video games, so there’s truly something for everyone. And it’s such a cool space–the decor is like retro bowling alley meets hunting lodge meets Pee Wee’s Playhouse. And it’s HUGE. 2 whole floors with little seating enclaves throughout, so it never feels crowded. The food is billed as a “scratch kitchen gastro-diner”, offering breakfast, small plates, sandwiches, burgers, dinner entrees, and house-made juices, punch, and soda. The bar stocks lots of craft beers and spirits. Everything we tried was delicious, especially the devilled eggs–yum! And the strawberry rhubarb punch bowl was a fun drink for the girls, though they also offer alcoholic varieties for more grown-up affairs.
I highly recommend a trip to PBS–while it’s great for kids during the day and early evening, it is definitely a fun hangout for us old people at night. Whether it’s a birthday party, a first date, a 100th date, happy hour with friends, or just something to do on a random day off school, PBS is where it’s at!
Punch Bowl Social is located at 65 Broadway in central Denver. Open Monday thru Friday 10 AM-2 AM, and weekends 8 AM- 2 AM with family friendly hours daily until 10 PM. Stapleton location is opening in 2016! Visit them online at PunchBowlSocial.com and in Portland, Detroit, and Austin as well.
Now through April 25, PBS is offering $1/hr karaoke specials to celebrate National Karaoke Week! And, you can enter to win a private 2-hour party for up to 8 guests with 2 punch bowls and snacks. Just share your best singing video at Punch Bowl Social private karaoke rooms using #PunchBowlKaraoke (IG: @punchbowldenver, FB: Punch Bowl Social – Denver, Twitter: @PunchBowlDenver
disclaimer: I was provided karaoke for up to 8 people, snacks, and beverages in exchange for a fair and honest review. All opinions and text are my own. No other compensation was given.