Let loose at these adult gaming and entertainment venues
By Natalie Hall
As the saying goes, we get older but we do not grow up. And why would we want to with so many fun adult games? The suburbs of Minneapolis offer arenas for professionals to party and couples to compete with games and entertainment so grown-up, they may as well have their own 401(k).
Take a night to rediscover your inner child with bowling, bocce ball and arcade games along with delicious food and drinks at these adult game and entertainment venues in Minneapolis and the surrounding suburbs.
Bryant Lake Bowl
A combination of theater productions and bowling provides something for everyone at Bryant Lake Bowl in the Lyn-Lake neighborhood of Minneapolis. Open bowling runs until to 2 a.m. daily. Crazy Bowl suggestions on the website put a traditional game of bowling to shame with funky ideas for every other round, including the One Eyed Jack, where the bowler turns around twice and covers one eye immediately before bowling.
The theater features various dance, theater and musical productions that change daily, from comedy and satire to musical celebrations of life. Check the website for a full schedule of nightly shows.
Dave & Busters
This is the adult game hotspot for a rewind to childhood with retro arcade games. Dave & Busters, located at Arbor Lakes in Maple Grove and at Southdale Center in Edina, has over 200 arcade games, including new four-player Pac Man and childhood favorites such as Skee Ball and Air Hockey. Load money onto a Power Card and swipe it at each game for paperless playing, and recharge at an in-store kiosk or on your phone with the mobile app.
Hit the courts with class at Pinstripes in Edina. The upscale bowling lanes feature vintage bowling photos on the walls and the large bocce courts accomodate up to 10 people. Bowling and bocce are $1 each per round after 9 p.m. from Sunday through Thursday.
Savor the upscale adventure with Italian-American cuisine at the bistro, which supplies late night snacks, such as a hummus and avocado platter, tenderloin sliders, flatbreads and gelato, in addition to brunch, lunch and dinner.
Punch Bowl Social
Mix up a traditional game night at Punch Bowl Social at the Shops at West End in St. Louis Park. Choose between eight bowling lanes, five dart boards, an ‘80s arcade, ping pong, bocce ball, foosball, corn hole, giant wall scrabble, billiards and two private karaoke rooms for rounds of grown-up fun. Or get the place to yourself: Mix and match entertainment areas for a work social, bachelor bash or birthday celebration.
Punch Bowl serves up entertainment all day, along with breakfast, lunch and dinner each day and brunch on the weekends. Besides traditional alcoholic beverages, they offer new twists on familiar drinks, like the High Fashion, which is Aperol with grapefruit syrup, lemon juice and sparkling wine. The conventional milk shakes and coffee drinks of your youth are offered alongside adult versions of the beverages, such as the Milk-Xologist #4, a banana-salted caramel shake with E&J Brandy.
For More Fun: The Twin Cities have more adult game venues, such as Up-Down, the paradise for old school arcade gamers, Chatterbox Pub, and Hop21 Table Tennis Club. (Yes, we have so many gamer-tainment venues, we had to make more than one list.) With so many fun options, forget growing up. Instead, elevate game night at these adult game and entertainment venues.