have guests ranging from 7-year-olds to CEOs playing ping-pong next to each other, and
in some cases, against each other.” That’s precisely why you’ll see many of these gaming
concepts serving a full restaurant menu with traditional restaurant licensing.
The high-tech component is also part of the appeal. Flight Club bases its concept
on darts, but we’re not talking your old-school dive bar with a banged-up dart board.
This is a full-scale “social darts” setup, with touchscreen and video game technology
for a two- or up to 400-player game that announces scores and alerts via a digital screen
overhead. Banquettes and lounge-like seating around each dart board “station” allows
guests to eat and drink as they play.
At Punch Bowl Social, with locations in Denver, the Pacific Northwest, Midwest,
Texas, East Coast and West Coast, beverage director Patrick Williams partners with
local distillers and brewers in each market to develop a core menu with regional
“Punches are obviously our namesake, so we spend a lot of time developing those,
as well as our cocktails,” Williams says. “But we also put a lot of thought into our
The Watermelon Polo Bowl with reposado tequila, watermelon shrub, watermelon/
spearmint tea, strawberry syrup and fresh lime juice remains the most popular punch
oppoSi Te: patrons throw darts outfitted with high-tech scoreboards while enjoying creative cocktails, craft beer,
elevated snacks, sushi, steak and more at Flight Club.
above: left to right, cotton candy, 40-day dry-aged/dry-roasted short rib, and surf and turf sashimi at Flight Club.