Recently, Northwest Meetings + Events’ advertising director, Sheri Harbour de Vos, took a tour of the Punch Bowl Social Portland. Afterwards she sent me an email that it was one of her “new favorite venues in the Portland area.” That’s pretty high praise from someone who has been lucky enough to tour many of the city’s top venues, so I thought better share the details with all of you looking for a new spot to hold a meeting or event—especially with the holiday party season approaching quickly!

The restaurant-entertainment hotspot offers phenomenal food (using locally sourced food, no less), drink and plenty of fun, with bowling, karaoke, darts, ping pong, shuffleboard and vintage arcade games. The venue has a variety of spaces that can be reserved—ranging from private karaoke rooms or bowling lanes for 20 to the entire venue for 1,200. And it’s all set in a space with a retro-Northwest-industrial vibe.

In Sheri's words: "This ain't your grandpa's bowling alley!" Check it out for yourself!

If your company holiday festivities' guest list includes spouses, partners and children, the Northwest has numerous family-friendly venues that will make everyone feel welcome. Here are just a few:

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Seattle Children’s Museum, Seattle

 

This summer, Thompson Hotels’ first Pacific Northwest property opened its doors at First Avenue and Stewart Street in Seattle. A 12-story luxury hotel, Thompson Seattle features 158 guest rooms, eight corner studios and two suites, as well as Puget Sound and Olympic Mountain views. The hotel also includes the full-service restaurant, Scout; the rooftop bar and lounge, The Nest; business and fitness centers; and more than 5,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor event space.

 

When the Boise Depot first opened in 1925, thousands turned out to see the first transcontinental engine steam into the station. Among its many visitors over the years was President Harry S. Truman, who made a stop at the depot on a tour of the West. Located in the Depot Bench neighborhood, it’s now a go-to venue for meetings and events.