Party Earth Review With its cavernous space, delicious eats, and sideshow theme, the sleek Brooklyn Bowl turns the typical bowling alley on its head and gives it an amusing spin. Once past the velvet ropes, giggling crowds of students and... ... read full review
61 Wythe Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11211
L: Bedford Avenue-North 7th Street; G: Nassau Avenue-Manhattan Avenue
M–Th 6pm–2am, F 6pm–4am, Sa noon–4am, Su noon–2am
WILLIAMSBURG, NEW YORK –
With its cavernous space, delicious eats, and sideshow theme, the sleek Brooklyn Bowl turns the typical bowling alley on its head and gives it an amusing spin.
Once past the velvet ropes, giggling crowds of students and good-natured young professionals looking to bowl make their way to the shoe counter, decked out with a Wheel of Fortune, where they’ll also note the glass cases in the ceiling stuffed with plush shooting gallery clowns.
The eerily-lit venue has paid attention to the details, right down to the sideshow signs and the arcade fortune-telling machine hovering over the ATM.
An immense restaurant and bar next to the lanes offers plenty of space for the late-night clientele of successful artists, fun-loving design professionals, and everyday curiosity seekers to sip high-end cocktails or munch bar food provided by local restaurateurs Blue Ribbon.
Patrons more into a music scene won’t be disappointed, as the stage in the lounge regularly hosts hip-hop, soul, and indie rock acts and has seen the likes of Big Boi, Moby, N.E.R.D., and Talib Kweli.
Despite the many attractions, however, bowling is still the big draw here, and patrons who can make it through the long and winding line will eventually be ushered onto a brightly-lit line of alleys, each with an alcove of tufted leather sofas and a big-screen TV at the end showing everything from sports and concerts to 80s comedies.
A lively locale usually hopping with an outgoing crowd, Brooklyn Bowl is the perfect place for the casual roller looking for a high-spirited night out.
Large groups of friends, young professionals, students, and Brooklyn hipsters, 20s to 30s.
Bowling. Live bands. Movies on big-screen TVs in lanes. Check the website for performance schedules.
Full menu of barbecue and soul food. 21+ during the week, all ages Saturdays and Sundays noon–6pm.
Cover charge $5–$25 depending on event. Bowling Su–Th $20/half hour, F–Sa $25/half hour, shoes $4. Appetizers $6–$12, salads $20+, pizza $14+, sandwiches $10+, entrées $12+, chicken dinners $17+, desserts $9+. Beer $6+/bottle or $19+/pitcher, wine $7+/glass or $27+/bottle, cocktails $7+.
Nice casual: polo shirts, cargo shorts, blouses and jeans, dresses. Bowling shoes.
Mondays and weekends for the best live acts, or Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays for the biggest crowds.
Only a few blocks away is The Gutter (200 North 14th Street), a cool if slightly grittier and more traditional bowling alley.