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!

One of the best things about the chill of winter is the warmth of a roaring fire. Northwest venues are particularly adept at creating spaces where guests can gather and collaborate around a stunning fireplace that is as much a work of art as it is a necessity. Here are some of our favorites.

 

Saddle Up to a New Events Venue

 

Brasada Ranch, located outside of Bend, Oregon, recently unveiled new meeting venues and group experiences, expanding upon one of the most idyllic venues in the Pacific Northwest.

At Brasada Ranch, guests are inspired by the wide-open setting, sustainable and contemporary design, limitless recreation opportunities and flexible event spaces that include indoor barn venues, outdoor areas, and new spaces including The Studio and Cascade Event Lawn.