Brooklyn Bowl

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Brooklyn Bowl 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. New York United States 40.721876 -73.957676
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Brooklyn Bowl - Bar | Bowling Alley | Live Music Venue | Restaurant in New York.
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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

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    L: Bedford Avenue-North 7th Street; G: Nassau Avenue-Manhattan Avenue

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  • Hours:

    M–Th 6pm–2am, F 6pm–4am, Sa noon–4am, Su noon–2am

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    • Night Spot

Party Earth Brooklyn Bowl Review

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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.

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.

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Tip from Emma:

This place is great, but it’s so crowded and overwhelming! If you want to actually bowl, call ahead and make sure you bring a lot of friends – there’s a six-person minimum for a lane.

  • Crowd

    Large groups of friends, young professionals, students, and Brooklyn hipsters, 20s to 30s.

  • Entertainment / Music

    Bowling. Live bands. Movies on big-screen TVs in lanes. Check the website for performance schedules.

  • Food / Miscellaneous

    Full menu of barbecue and soul food. 21+ during the week, all ages Saturdays and Sundays noon–6pm.

  • Prices

    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+.

  • What to Wear / Dress Code

    Nice casual: polo shirts, cargo shorts, blouses and jeans, dresses. Bowling shoes.

  • Hot Nights / When to Go

    Mondays and weekends for the best live acts, or Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays for the biggest crowds.

  • Close By

    Only a few blocks away is The Gutter (200 North 14th Street), a cool if slightly grittier and more traditional bowling alley.

Brooklyn Bowl User Reviews

Average rating:
Brooklyn Bowl is a hipster's dream
Allison S. Oct 8, 2013
Great venue, great bands, great drinks, and great bowling. The shows I have seen there have never disappointed and the others in attendance seemed to share my opinion of the place. Leave your judgements and hesitations behind and just try not to have a good time
Lots of space, great bands, locally-brewed craft beers, oh... and 16 lanes of bowling!
Luke T. Jun 26, 2013
I found the Brooklyn Bowl a couple years ago when I'd just moved to NYC. My brother and I went to see Umphrey's McGee play. The show was so energetic and the lighting was fantastic. We were so impressed with venue and their cheap ticket prices, we made a vow to come back. I've been back several times, and I always check to see if anyone is playing when my friends come to visit me from other parts of the country. I've seen Fishbone play here 3 times! I grew up listening to Fishbone (80's and 90's ska band from Cali) and I never though I'd get to see them live. The stage itself is a good size, and the standing area for the audience fits a few hundred people easily. We even got a good mosh pit going at a punk show I saw here (can't remember the band's name for the life of me). Another thing this place has going for it is they have their own micro-brew, which is awesome and oh-so-totally Brooklyn of them. Look for the tap that's shaped like a bowling pin, and of course it's a pale ale. Solid Four-Star venue, can't wait to get back there, who knows, maybe I'll get a lane and bowl a little.
Most Entertaining Venue in Brooklyn
Meghan M. Apr 9, 2013
Went to the Brooklyn Bown to see Yacht Rock Review and an 80s hair metal band covering mostly Bee Gees music. This was the most fun I have had in Brooklyn yet! Besides the amazing music and performances, the Brooklyn Bowl has non-stop entertainment. If you like bowling, if you like music, if you like beer, if you like hipsters, if you like watching hipsters, CHECK THIS PLACE OUT!
Excellent Venue
Matthew Aron R. Apr 5, 2013
Watching D.M.C. of RUN DMC perform live with the band Hollis Brown at Brooklyn Bowl was an amazing experience! Many great bands perform here and if you came to bowl, you might get some live music with it too! Walking into the large venue, your over taken by the fun vibe of colored lights, sounds of bowling pins cracking and knocking, the smell of food in the air and a diverse selection of Brooklyn's local brews on tap. The stage and main floor being perpendicular to the lanes is a perfect set up. Any day of the week, any season of the year, this is a go to Brooklyn fun spot for some beers, food, live music and bowling if you want to.
Eat, bowl, enjoy!
Jessica C. Apr 5, 2013
I’ve never been too interested in bowling, but my friends said I had to try this place out; I’m so glad I did! First off, I was so impressed by their extensive menu. Usually when you go to a bowling alley, you expect generic pizza and French fries. Their menu however, consists of Cajun shrimp cocktail, brisket, fried calamari and the list continues. My taste buds were blown away! I ordered their fried chicken and was so impressed. It had the perfect combination of crispy and crunchy—I would go back just for the chicken! I also loved their margaritas. If you’re planning on checking out Brooklyn Bowl—which I highly recommend you do—you have to order a pitcher of strawberry margaritas. Everyone loved the refreshing drink in between bowling turns. For me, the whole experience was enjoyable. There is an age limit of 21 or older, so we didn’t have to deal with screaming kids in the next alley. When I went to Brooklyn Bowl, there was a live band performing—another bonus of the night. Brooklyn Bowl captures the essence of what people want to be doing on a Saturday night. From the impeccable menu, to the touch of live music, this place gets it right. There’s no better place to bowl.
Great show space and fun patrons
James D. Mar 28, 2013
I saw a Wailers concert at Brooklyn Bowl and let me tell you, it was an experience. First my friends and I got there late which meant standing outside in the freezing cold waiting to be let in because the place was filled to capacity. Once we got in though, there was much fun to be had. The pitchers of beer are reasonable, not to mention the space is pretty spacious with great lighting and sound system. The show was awesome, everyone was in high spirits and the pitchers of beer kept flowing. Fun!
Where bowling is the hot thing to do on a Saturday night
Alyssa K. Feb 20, 2013
Brooklyn Bowl makes bowling cool again. Where else can you get mouthwatering dishes from Blue Ribbon, your rental shoes personally delivered to your lane in a cute wire-rimmed basket, and large plush leather couches to relax in all night long? That being said, this joint is not cheap; if you're playing a game or two, renting shoes, eating, and drinking, expect to spend $25-30 easily. Lanes accommodate up to eight people, so grab a big group of friends if you want to have some frugal fun. As for the bowling itself, don't plan on getting too competitive or placing bets. With pins dangling on strings like puppets, bowling here is hardly up to USBC snuff. The strings unfortunately allow for frequent technical glitches; the last occasion I was there, I saw employees having to untangle the strings several times, delaying play of game. But hey, this down time simply means more time to eat, drink, and be merry.
Went here for a salsa event
Gemstonn A. Dec 12, 2012
There was a salsa event that I was invited to go to, usually they are on Sunday nights. Who thought you can party like it's a Saturday night on a Sunday?! Besides the live band and seeing how good the dancers were, the place offered a place to dine, and their food was good too. I tried the fried chicken and had milkshakes for dessert both were satisfying. I would go back here, who cares if it's monday the next day.
Afternoon Birthday Party
Risa C. Nov 20, 2012
After spending 2 hours at the Brooklyn Brewery my friends and I stumbled over here in the early evening for a birthday party, so I can mostly vouch for what the place is like on a Saturday afternoon, while you're mildly intoxicated. Our dinner set up by the stage was in a good location, and we really enjoyed what we ordered, especially the bourbon milkshakes. Our only problem was that a bowling alley during the day, despite serving large amounts of alcohol also had a lot of kids running around screaming like it was Chuck E. Cheese. Other than that though, the bowling was good and what you would expect from a bowling alley that MOSTLY caters to a more adult crowd. Unfortunately I didn't get to see ?uestlove but I could definitely see the venue being a great experience on one of their concert nights.
Chris K. Nov 16, 2012
So yes, the Brooklyn bowl does showcase some great bands and has a whole lot of things going for it--the many bowling lanes, the TVs, the greasy comfort food, the many bars. No problem with that. But honestly, it's all kind of this neon-lit mess. It's hard to hear anyone, the stage is flanked with bowling alleys (hard to really love a band when their stage banter is drowned out by scattering pins), and overall there's no real drive to do ANY of the stuff this place has to offer, especially with the cool and underground Gutter only a short walk away. Have I been here? Totally. Would I come back? Who's playing?
Come for the fried chicken, stay for the music!
Lisa R. Oct 31, 2012
To my fellow foodies and music lovers...listen up! Come here on a Thursday night and grab some delicious dinner featuring your favorite comfort foods from local restauranteur Blue Ribbon. Start your meal off with some egg shooters or the rock and roll fries - a southern take on fries with Cajun spice, gravy, and cheeses. The fried chicken is worth the hefty price. I urge you to bring friends and share the 16 or 24 piece. It doesn't stop there...indulge in "sideshow" classics like corn on the cob, mashed potatoes, and, if you have never had proper southern collard greens, they come with bacon here - you can't go wrong! If you possibly have any room left, finish off with a bourbon milkshake (with Nutella!) or a classic hot fudge sundae. Once you emerge from your food coma, make your way over to the concert area around 11PM to catch a DJ set by ?uestlove (from the Roots) for his weekly "Bowl Train" residency and dance those calories off! If you really want to splurge, get a group of six together for a game of bowling, but locals know it is way cooler to save the cash and head to The Gutter for a more classic bowling experience. If you decide to bowl here, bring socks or get ready to cough up $4 for a pair. With a weekly lineup of performers to keep any jam band or rock music fan happy, this music venue is a must. Come to Brooklyn Bowl for the concert and food experience and you won't leave disappointed. Wait, did I mention the great selection of Brooklyn Brewery beer?!
I don't know why it took me so long to come here!
Susan S. Oct 16, 2012
I went to Brooklyn Bowl for the first time this past Saturday and it's a great place to get a drink and see a band. Kermit Ruffins performed and while it was disappointing that he was singing cover songs, my friend and I still had a great time at the venue. I definitely want to go back so I can bowl. I agree with the other reviewer that you should buy tickets in advance since there was a long line that we were able to bypass since we already had tickets. I also liked that they had all the Brooklyn Brewery beers on tap.
Made for my First Trip to Brooklyn! Who doesn't love live music, drinks, and bowling!
Samuel H. Sep 26, 2012
Some may find this surprising, but even though I grew up in New Jersey I had never been to Brooklyn, that is, until I learned of the Brooklyn Bowl. This venue is part bar, part bowling ally, part restaurant, and part concert venue. It is also right next to the Brooklyn Brewing Factory. I went there to see the band Lettuce perform with a few friends, and it was an outstanding time. Also, I would highly recommend buying your tickets online beforehand so that you don't have to wait in the, often long, Gen Ad line to enter.
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