Robert Thompson, the restaurateur behind this concept, scoured Dallas looking for the right location.
“We’ve spent years looking for the right spot in Deep Ellum because of the way the neighborhood has stayed true to its roots while welcoming fresh ideas,” Thompson says.
Spaced throughout Punch Bowl Social are bowling lanes, arcade games, darts, a pingpong table and two private karaoke rooms. Rather than being set aside in their own section, these gaming areas are seamlessly weaved into the bar and restaurant spaces.
If you don’t want to share, the menu also includes salads, burgers, sandwiches, tacos and a few mains. If you want something lighter, try the superfood grain bowl ($13.50) or the chopped vegetable salad ($11.50). Four of the six salads are vegetarian, though you have the option to add chicken to them for an extra $4.
Other dishes include a shrimp burger ($14), a griddled beef bologna sandwich ($13), a falafel burger ($13.50), chicken ’n’ waffles ($16.25) and five layer beef brisket chili ($12.25). There are four choices in the tacos section, barbacoa ($12.75), shrimp ($13.75), roasted chicken ($11.75) and cocoa dusted carnitas ($13.75). Three tacos come per order and are served with beans.
Punch Bowl Social serves four choices of the eponymous beverage, which you can order as a single ($9-10), for four people ($36-40) or for eight ($72-80). Like the rest of their cocktails, the punches are complex concoctions, featuring multiple spirits, house-made syrups and juices.
Also on the cocktail menu is a fresh strawberry daiquiri ($9), a Negroni ($13), a lavender sour ($9) and the “it’s always in the banana stand” ($11), made with Xicaru mezcal, Giffard Banane de Bresil, agave nectar, fresh lime juice and aquafaba.
Punch Bowl Social serves four non-alcoholic cocktails, including the palm tree shade, with pineapple and tropical spice-infused coconut water, mint syrup, fresh lemon juice and aquafaba ($7 for one or $25 for a four-person punch bowl to share).
Punch Bowl Social is opening another location in Fort Worth later this summer.
Punch Bowl Social, 2600 Main St. (Deep Ellum)