Punch Bowl Social
The vibe: A labyrinth of games — bocce ball, pingpong, bowling and Skee-Ball among them — plus three bars and several dining areas where patrons can nosh on burgers and chicken and waffles, and sip colorful cocktails.
Find it: 1691 Park Place Blvd., St. Louis Park,
Can Can Wonderland
The vibe: Creative craft cocktails served in everything from flower pots to miniature sandboxes, but nearly upstaged by a warehouse-sized, artist-inspired mini-golf course.
Find it: 755 N. Prior Av., St. Paul,
The vibe: Taps galore and a basic pizza menu provide the necessities while bargoers get their game on with Pac-Man, Super Mario Bros. and giant Jenga.
Find it: 3012 Lyndale Av. S., Mpls.,
Tilt (opening April 19)
The vibe: Retro pinball machines might be the first thing people notice, but the hot dogs topped with house-made sauerkraut and kimchi should make a lasting impression.
Find it: 113 E. 26th St., Suite 110, Mpls.,
The vibe: When the sun is shining, the Uptown bar's rooftop gets all the attention, but on the ground floor, Libertine's famous bacon steak can be enjoyed with a side of foosball and table tennis, among other games.
Find it: 3001 Hennepin Av. S., Mpls.,
The vibe: The new downtown eatery's owners are dubbing Byte a "geek bar," with board games and other tabletop entertainment accompanying the burritos, rice bowls and loaded tots.
Find it: 319 1st Av. N., Mpls., bytemn.com