Denver-based entertainment restaurant chain Punch Bowl Social is opening its second Austin location in the downtown area at 522 Congress Avenue starting on Saturday, December 14. It will open at 9 p.m. to the public, after the opening party held from 7 to 9 p.m. Tickets are $20, and all proceeds will benefit the Andy Roddick Foundation.
On deck is Punch Bowl’s usual array of New American food (fries, chicken wings, burgers, salads, tacos, etc.), cocktails, and beers. Then there are its entertainment and gaming options, found throughout the two-level space on the ground floor. Of that, there’s seven smaller bowling lanes, dart boards, private karaoke rooms, arcade games, ping-pong, etc. There’s also a patio as well as several private event spaces.
The design of Punch Bowl Social’s downtown space takes its cues from its building, the historic Scarborough, which dates from 1910 and done up in the Art Deco aesthetic. The space also features what is being described as a “articulating mannequin arm art installation,” among other art pieces.
The first Austin location up in the Domain of Punch Bowl, which opened in 2014, revamped earlier this fall to add an entire miniature golf course. Also recently, the very expensive Fort Worth location closed after less than three months.
Likewise, downtown Austin was supposed to get another bowling establishment with mechanical bull-riding, food, and drinks with Bull & Bowl to be found on West Sixth. It had taken over what was supposed to become the Goodnight’s bowling space, and was pegged to open in late September. However, there haven’t been any updates, and its Facebook page has since been deleted.