Posted by Liz and John Attaway, 2/26/18

Award-winning “eatertainment” concept featuring Chef Hugh Acheson’s menu, 

artfully crafted beverages and social games set to open in The Battery Atlanta


Punch Bowl Social will open the highly-anticipated 25,000-square-foot restaurant, bar, and entertainment destination in The Battery Atlanta on Saturday, March 24, 2018. The award-winning lifestyle brand, recently selected as a Fast Company 2018 Most Innovative Company, pairs made-from-scratch dishes, and craft beverages with social activities such as shuffleboard, ping pong, classic video games, bowling, virtual reality, and skee-ball. Punch Bowl Social Atlanta marks the company’s first property in the Southeastern U.S.  


Punch Bowl Social founder and CEO, Robert Thompson, said that Atlanta had been on his radar for quite some time. “Atlanta has a unique mix of urban sophistication and southern charm,” he said. “It has a vitality and welcoming vibe that fits well with the Punch Bowl Social brand. Add in the desirable Battery Atlanta location, proximity to SunTrust Park, and the Atlanta Braves and you couldn’t ask for a more ideal location to call home. We’re thrilled to make our Southeastern debut in Atlanta.”


Punch Bowl Social boldly reverses what has long been the industry standard of “games first” by placing food and drink on equal footing with social activities. This innovative approach has enabled Punch Bowl Social to reinvent the social gaming and dining space, forging an entirely new “eatertainment“ category within the industry. Key components of the award-winning concept include:


Hugh Acheson’s Diner-Inspired Menu

Punch Bowl Social brings to Atlanta its high-integrity culinary program and craveable, diner-inspired menu created by the company’s culinary partner, James Beard Award-winning chef and Top Chef judge, Hugh Acheson. For Acheson, the Atlanta opening is especially meaningful, as he has long called Georgia home.


“I’m excited that Punch Bowl Social is opening its first southern location in Atlanta and look forward to seeing the imprint it makes on the local scene,” Acheson said. “Punch Bowl Social is going to add so much to the Battery, which is quickly becoming the must-visit destination in Atlanta. This will be a great spot to get a bite to eat and enjoy a drink while playing classic video games, skee-ball or bocce ball.”


Acheson’s culinary expertise and unique vision are evident throughout Punch Bowl Social’s menu where visitors will find popular items such as the OMFG GF Southern Fried Chicken, Hugh’s Pimiento Cheese, Lobster Bacon Fries, Lil’ Street Tacos, and It’s Nacho Mama’s roasted cauliflower nachos.


Beverages For All

Rounding out the menu and complementing Acheson’s culinary creations is the brand’s innovative craft beverage program. Drinks at Punch Bowl Social are thoughtfully created to please guests seeking beverages, whether they’re out for a big night or going booze-free. Old school and new school cocktails, beers, and signature, sharable punches are offered alongside non-alchoholic drinks packed with refreshing flavors and herbaceous garnishes, all-natural sodas and fizzes, floats and shakes, and fresh-pressed juices.


Social Activities

Punch Bowl Social Atlanta will feature a bocce court, private karaoke rooms, eight bowling lanes, two outdoor ping pong tables, Bonzini, a custom built 360-degree bar with plenty of televisions for the sports enthusiast, and numerous lounging and gathering spots – for groups both large and small. Additionally, guests at Punch Bowl Social Atlanta will have the opportunity to experience virtual reality games while lounging and enjoying sharable food and drinks. And not to be left out, board game aficionados will find plenty of their favorite classics.

On opening night, Punch Bowl Social is hosting a ticketed party open to the public from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm. With proceeds going to The Giving Kitchen, $20 tickets include two full hours of Punch Bowl Social’s diner-inspired fare, craft beverages, access to games, and live music from New Junk City. Tickets can be purchased here for $20.


Architecture & Design

The design of Punch Bowl Social is as much a part of the experience as the food, drinks, and games. Thompson brings his love of architecture and design together to create gathering spaces that meld Mountain Lodge, Victorian, Industrial, and Mid-Century Modern design themes, creating spaces that are welcoming and inviting. Clean line silhouettes overlay warm oversized seating with faux stag heads, and bicycle taxidermy define an unexpected, hip ambiance.


Punch Bowl Social will open to the public at 9:00 pm on Saturday, March 24th following a ticketed party earlier in the evening.