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!

New hotels and brand concepts are popping up all over the Northwest. 

 

Built in 1909, the Montvale Event Center, located in Spokane, Washington, was formerly the home of an Independent Order of Odd Fellows Lodge. Over the years, it has also served as commercial space—housing both the Herring-Hall-Marvin Safe Company and the Riley Candy Company at different times— and dance halls, first the Metronome Dance Hall from 1950 to 1953 and then the Hi-Spot Dance Hall from 1954 to 1956.