Civic Arena Site Scores First Tenant: Punch Bowl Social Pittsburgh

The food, drink and gaming complex will open its doors next year

Andrew Limberg
March 14, 2019 - 2:48 pm

Punch Bowl Social


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PITTSBURGH (Newsradio 1020 KDKA) - The new Civic Arena site already has its first tenant. Punch Bowl Social Pittsburgh will open in 2020.

The restaurant, bar, and gaming complex will serve Southern American food like chicken and waffles, a fried bologna sandwich on Texas toast, a double burger with rosemary fries, roasted chicken salads and more!

Punch bowl also offers a large selection of drinks including non-alcoholic cocktails, Pittsburgh area beers, wine and the company’s namesake punches.

The downtown location will also offer bowling, ping-pong, private karaoke rooms, board games, classic video games and more.

Punch Bowl Social Pittsburgh will be 23,000 square-feet across two stories with a 360 degree bar, outdoor patio space and various lounging and gathering spots.

Punch Bowl owner Robert Thompson said in a release, “Pittsburgh boasts thriving arts and cultural opportunities, a booming culinary scene and a roster of national sporting teams,” he said. “It’s also a hot spot for millennials, something we look for when choosing new locations.”

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It will be across the street from PPG Paints Arena and that makes the Civic Arena site the perfect location, according to Thompson.

“Location really is everything, and our proximity to the PPG Paints Arena certainly delivers,” he said. “We’ve had great luck in other cities locating close to major sporting arenas and stadiums and look forward to building upon the elevated experience and high-energy the entire neighborhood delivers.”

Punch Bowl’s first location was opened its first location in Denver in 2012. It now has 16 locations nationwide.

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