Punch Bowl Social – Suited for Sacramento’s DOCO District

The Denver-based dining and entertainment emporium, Punch Bowl Social, is settling within lively districts all the way from California to Brooklyn and bringing with it, their signature promise of culinary excellence and “old school” entertainment. In the essential Punch Bowl Social fashion, they will include a bowling alley, games, multiple bar areas, and a restaurant. The new locations are thoughtfully refined to the culture and vibe of each community – from the design process all the way to the locally sourced food and beer selections – the Punch Bowl Social venues seamlessly blend the history and lifestyle of the neighborhood with a bona fide Punch Bowl Social feel.

Punch Bowl Social – Sacramento, California


The Downtown Commons (DOCO) area will become the epicenter of Sacramento California where the new Golden 1 Center will draw crowds both near and far to attend an array of events including stadium style concerts and pro-sports. This is bound to create the surrounding area as the civic heart of the community where families and friends will gather to share experiences year-round with fresh markets, morning yoga, movies, shopping, and live music. Punch Bowl Social is an obvious match for the soon-to-be thriving neighborhood and represents the first two cannons of the DOCO motto – DINE.PLAY.SHOP.STAY. As the Farm to Fork capital of California, Sacramento’s dining approach pairs perfectly with Punch Bowl Social’s seasonal scratch kitchen and craft beverage philosophy. The connections between the downtown Sacramento community and Punch Bowl Social’s signature style helped OZ develop an exciting atmosphere that is distinctly DOCO.

The DOCO development as a whole is architecturally progressive and Punch Bowl Social will occupy 2 levels within a large modernist building. Located just across the plaza from the Golden 1 Center and within the Kimpton Hotel, this Punch Bowl Social site is in the midst of a pedestrian friendly hot spot. OZ designed a glowing canopy above the patio with integrated marquee lights and industrial materials to accentuate the concrete on the building’s exterior. These same industrial materials are amplified throughout the space to emphasize an urban feel. Flooring and wall details will prominently use metal and concrete, and there will be an expansive factory-like light installation along the main wall of the dining area. Inspired by Sacramento’s transit system, a bold green stripe runs throughout the Diner also relating to the transit stop just across the street.


Games are integral to the Punch Bowl Social experience, and with the close proximity to the Sacramento Kings arena, it’s the perfect place for family and friends to partake in their own friendly competition. With this in mind, OZ chose to present the activities front and center with Bocce ball on the open patio and bowling in front of floor-to-ceiling windows on the second floor, providing a street view of the energy and activity inside. Behind the bar on the main floor, guests will find a towering display of trophies for a unique statement and conversation piece outside of the typical liquor selection on view in most bars.

Different shades of green are used throughout the interiors to emphasize the deep-rooted connection to farm-to-fork dining shared by Sacramento and Punch Bowl Social. Linear patterns are a nod to the rows seen in rolling farmland fields while metal siding and white washed-wood create barn-house inspired accents.

OZ is thrilled about the Sacramento location and has created a seamless blend of the community’s urban yet down-to-earth style with the Punch Bowl Social brand. With so many shared values- it’s no surprise that Punch Bowl Social is a part of the DOCO team.