What do you get when you combine food, games, drinks and fun on a Saturday afternoon? Yelp's After School Special @ Punch Bowl Social Food & Drink, that's what! Over 140 PDXYelpers descended on one of Portland's newest playgrounds for two hours of high-school-themed (but grown-up) excitement!
Punch Bowl Social sits atop Pioneer Place Mall offering a veritable wonderland of arcade games, bowling, karaoke rooms, darts, diner, sports TV's and more… all with tasty food, craft cocktails and beer. Could you think of a better place to invite 140 Yelp Elites and guests? Tamara S can't: "This weekend's event at Punch Bowl Social was tons of fun – one of my favorite ever Yelp events, with lots of opportunity to meet other Yelpers and enjoy Punch Bowl Social's many diversions." PBS invited us to bowl, sing karaoke, play pinball or darts, or simply hang out and much on treates like edamame, mixed olives, deviled eggs, sushi rolls, mac 'n cheese and more. True to the name, the talented bartenders (props Jabriel!) mixed up a New Deal No. 33 Gin punch with strawberry, lemon, simple syrup and Widmer Hefe beer; and a New Deal Vodka punch with… well, lots of secrets and lots of booze. Alongside these punches, the incredible and attentive staff walked around beering folks with Widmer Brothers Brewing Company's finest including the Okto Octoberfest, Widmer Hefe and Alchemy Ale! Tiffany M was blown away: "The servers were amazing: great personality, checked on us often, and kept tabs on our libation needs." Just check out the photos by our friend Izzy Ventura – they tell quite a tale!
Alyssa C sums this event up very well: "What an awesome Yelp event on Saturday! This is one of the best events I've been to with Yelp – it was so awesome to be able to not only sit and enjoy tasty food and beverages, but be able to take advantage of the bowling as well. Also I can't stress enough how AMAZING the service was here! So friendly, helpful, and my glass was never empty! Thanks Yelp and Punchbowl for throwing a great event!" Huge thanks to Jody, Jabriel and the increidble staff at Punch Bowl Social; Tom and Susan at New Deal Distilling; Kevin from Widmer Brothers Brewing Company; Izzy Ventura Photographer Extraordinaire; and of course the Yelp Elite Squad!
Until next time, SYOY!
–Don "BMOC" B.