When I heard Punch Bowl Social was on its way to the revived East Bank of the Flats, it sounded like a huge kids-of-all-ages playground was about to grace Cleveland. Between the promises of good food, bowling, darts, billiards, marbles, ping-pong, vintage arcade games and more all under one roof, it almost sounded too good to be true. I didn’t get to experience all that the entertainment venue has to offer at a holiday networking event, so when Punch Bowl Social offered me the opportunity to come do just that, I grabbed my game-loving husband and headed downtown for a Sunday Funday.
After a quick tour of the facility, we sat at our table where we were introduced to our server, Taylor. Knowledgeable and kind-hearted, she helped us make some important decisions during our three-hour-plus stay, including:
The importance of starting any Sunday brunch with a Bloody Mary Bar like Punch Bowl’s. Seriously, I couldn’t imagine any toppings they were missing, made even better with local Pope’s Kitchen bloody mary mix. Hans’ drink looked more like a heavy appetizer course!
How to narrow down what to eat from a solid menu. To go with Hans’
meal drink, we ordered:
- a Blueberry Lemonade, made with house made blueberry syrup and fresh lemon juice — super tart and bright, just the way I like it!
- a Spicy Mango Jalapeño Quesadilla with mango, jalapeño, cilantro, queso oaxaca, cotija, leeks and pork carnitas — easily enough for a meal in itself
- Breakfast Tacos for my entree — with scrambled eggs, chorizo, crema, radish, onion, salsa verde, roasted jalapeño and cilantro all on corn tortillas; served with frijoles charros and breakfast potatoes — I reached Brunch Club gold status when I started dipping the tacos in the beans…
- and Chicken & Waffles for Hans: panko breaded chicken breast on a malted waffle smothered in a chipotle pecan maple syrup, strawberries and candied walnuts — completely taken down by my bottomless pit of a hubby. Nice work, Hans…
I’d fall in love with one bite of food, to be lured back to another dish, or another side, or a taste of that strawberry jam with the breakfast biscuits…
What beverages best wet your whistle for optimal karaoke performances. Turns out their Bourbon Smash — with buffalo trace bourbon, muddled blueberry and lemon, & house made blueberry syrup –paired perfectly with Whitney Houston, Phil Collins, ABBA, Hall & Oates, REO Speedwagon and Toto. The hour we spent in the private karaoke rooms FLEW by — we could have spent the afternoon there, I’m sure!
How we need our very own life-size Scrabble board in our house. Our original plans including bowling (hello, we’re from Parma, of course that was the plan), but when we walked by the Scrabble board mounted on the wall of the second floor, I knew what Hans had his heart set on — beating me in yet another round of this board game classic. Too bad for him we ran out of time and the game ended in a tie — a perfect ending to our time there!
LONG STORY SHORT: If it wasn’t for a last minute (as we were karaoke singing) invitation to the Cavs game that same afternoon, I’m sure we would have spent our entire Sunday at Punch Bowl Social. There is something for everyone, and better yet it’s all under one roof. Pay to park your car once, have a great meal, enjoy an array of entertainment options — why would anyone ever want to leave?!
Thanks again to the Punch Bowl Social – Cleveland’s entire team for making our Sunday Funday a possibility and an incredible experience! Keep an eye on their social media feeds at Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to be in the know about their upcoming events and specials.
Disclosure: Hans and I were invited by Punch Bowl Social as guests to enjoy their brunch and activities at their Cleveland location. All thoughts and opinions are 100% my own.