In the adult fun business, everyone has an angle. Here are some businesses fusing casual games with upscale food and drinks:

1. Topgolf

High-end, high-tech driving range with upscale bar food and drinks.

Co-founders Steve and Dave Jolliffe; current CEO Erik Anderson imported the U.K. brand to the U.S.
Year founded 2000
Number of locations 31, with 10 more planned over the next two years
Competitive edge With 2015 revenue reported at $300 million, the chain nearly doubled its locations in the past two years and is rolling out a clothing line and digital media destination.


2. Dave & Buster's

A mega sports bar and high-tech arcade.

Co-founders David Corriveau and James "Buster" Corley
Year founded 1982
Number of locations 80-plus
Competitive edge With approximately $990 million in revenue forecast for 2016, this publicly traded company might ride out a restaurant downturn better than more food-focused competitors.


3. Spin

This sceney "Ping-Pong social club" rents tables by the hour, offers $99-a-month memberships, and hosts leagues and tournaments amid cocktails, grub, and couches.

Co-founders Jonathan Bricklin, Franck Raharinosy, Andrew Gordon, and actress Susan Sarandon
Year founded 2009
Number of locations Five, in New York City, Los Angeles, Chicago, San Francisco, Toronto
competitive edge The cachet of a celebrity co-founder and a franchise model of expansion could ease Spin's path.


4. Pinstripes

An Italian-themed bistro with bowling, indoor bocce, and an extensive wine list

Founder Dale Schwartz
Year founded 2006
Number of locations Seven, including Chicago, Kansas City, Kansas, and Washington, D.C. Next up: Cleveland, Dallas, Bethesda, Maryland, and Nashville
Competitive edge Targeting a slightly older, more well-heeled demographic sets it apart from bowl-and-dine competitors.


5. Stumpy's Hatchet House

The first indoor hatchet-throwing venue in the U.S. offers two-hour sessions for $40 per person in a 5,000-square-foot warehouse, where buckets of ice are provided for BYOBers.

Co-founders Mark and Trish Oliphant and Stuart and Kelly Josberger
Year founded 2015
Number of locations One, in Eatontown, New Jersey
Competitive edge Where else do you get to throw hatchets with friends?


6. Punch Bowl

A new spin on the oft-tried, challenging restaurant format of casual dining and entertainment.

Founder Robert Thompson
Year founded 2012
Number of locations Eight (with 10 more planned over two years)
Competitive edge Encourages customers to linger by having servers shadow them throughout its 20,000 square-foot-plus spaces.


FROM THE DECEMBER 2016/JANUARY 2017 ISSUE OF INC. MAGAZINE