5 social clubs that need to exist in every city

5 Hangouts That Should Exist In Every City

Most of the time, when you go out, it’s clustered into one of three scenarios: restaurant, bar, or other. With the ‘other’ being bowling, mini golf, movies, or something along those lines — often too pricey to do on the regular, and featuring pretty sub-par food (if any at all), so you usually fall back on food, booze, or some combination of the two.

Recently, though, there’s been a rise in more mixed-purpose hangouts that blur the lines between eatery and well, thing to do. They’re a place you can go and get a little bit of everything — and all done surprisingly well. Sometimes, they’re kitschy and thematic (which, admittedly, I’m a sucker for). Sometimes, they’re high-end and bougie. Find the vibe that’s right for you. Here are some I’ve seen and loved:

Pinewood Social, Nashville, TN

Bar + Restaurant + Coffee Shop + Bowling Alley + Bocce Courts

Vibe: Laid-back, a little retro, a little hipster-yuppie

Perfect for: The crew that can’t get consensus on anything — or just wants to sample a little of everything.


Pinewood Social (Photos: Candace Braun Davison)
Pinewood Social (Photos: Candace Braun Davison)

Royal Palms Shuffleboard Club, Brooklyn, NY

Shuffleboard + Bar + DJs + Food Truck

Vibe: Fun, vintage FL kitsch, very hipster

Perfect for: Anyone stuck in the city (or 20-degree weather), looking for a summery getaway


Royal Palms Shuffleboard Club
Royal Palms Shuffleboard Club

Oxford Exchange, Tampa, FL

Bookstore + Cafe + Restaurant + Curiosity Shop

Vibe: Sophisticated, scholarly, chill

Perfect for: Design addicts (or coffee fiends) looking for a lazy Sunday away from the house


Oxford Exchange in Tampa, FL
Oxford Exchange in Tampa, FL

Betty Danger’s Country Club, Minneapolis, MN

Ferris Wheel + Mini-Golf Course + Restaurant + Bar

Vibe: Heathers-meets-amusement-park that revels in all things camp

Perfect for: Anyone looking for an escape from the ordinary, mixing a great cocktail with┬ásome delightfully tacky fun (and also, anyone who could easily quote the ’80s Winona Ryder flick)


Betty Danger's Country Club
Betty Danger’s Country Club

Fat Cat, New York, NY

Ping Pong + Pool + Bar + Board Games + Jazz

Vibe: Dive bar with everything you’d want in your (wo)man cave

Perfect for: People who can’t stand pretentious bars or pricey drinks; who’d rather just grab a beer and get their game on than sip specialty cocktails



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