Party at the Punch Bowl's first anniversary celebration this week

When it comes to good, old-fashioned fun, Punch Bowl Social knows how it's done. After converting a 24,000 square-foot former big lots into a mecca of entertainment, Punch Bowl Social opened last year with three bars (punch a specialty); the Elevated Diner serving breakfast, lunch and dinner; a coffee spot and amenities ranging from eight bowling lanes to ping pong, marbles tables, shuffleboard and a wall of throwback 1980s video games. At Punch Bowl, nostalgia flows as freely as the booze -- and just as long.

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Punch Bowl is not all fun and games, though; it focuses on business, too. In fact, founder Robert Thompson (Brasserie Rouge, Argyle, Le Grand) opened a second Punch Bowl in Portland three months ago. But now is the time to celebrate the Denver spot. "We knew PBS would be well-received by Denver when we opened," says Thompson, "but nothing prepared us for the level of business to come our way over the past year. This anniversary special is our way of saying thank you, Denver."

As thanks, from now through Sunday, November 17, you can enjoy bowling and ping pong, along with other games, for just $1 per hour. Happy anniversary.

Punch Bowl Social Food & Drink is open from 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. Monday through Friday, and from 8 am to 2 a.m. Saturday and Sunday. Make reservations here.

For information on dozens of culinary events around town, visit our online Food & Drink listings -- and if you have information for a culinary event you'd like included in our online calendar, send it to cafe@westword.com.

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