Food & Drink

Riot Act gets less laughy, more gamey

Two guys walk into a comedy club... and they are not enough of a client base to sustain it. Thus, the good dudes behind the potentially overly ambitious laugh warehouse that was Riot Act have turned the 13,000sqft two-story space into Penn Social, a playground of booze, bar food, and oh so many games. The redesigned monster now sports old steel school doors, four 12x10ft projection screens, and a 65ft oak bar with a front of corrugated metal they found through an apartment landlord named "Wally", so unlike the robot, he just collects junk, instead of removing it. Upstairs is the new home of the District Karaoke league, while downstairs is stocked with Pop-a-Shot, a sign-up booth for United Social Sports, pool tables, four bocce courts, six shuffleboard tables, six skeeball machines, three pairs of cornhole boards, and three "cruise ship" shuffleboard courts -- remember all these numbers, there'll be a quiz later (no there won't -- that's just a little cruise ship humor for you). Liquid courage comes courtesy of pitchers, which'll eventually be poured from a 24-tap system, but're now filled with the likes of DC Brau, Bell's Two Hearted Ale, and Hoegaarden, aka what that bottom floor will become when three or four of those leagues finish up at the same time. The cocktail list is still coming together, but at least there're happy hour specials like $3 drafts, the $6 "RnB" (Hennessy/ Amaretto/ Coke), and the $6 melon/ vodka/ coconut rum/ Sprite "Boy Band" -- though order that, and the joke's sort of on you.