NYC Bowling Alleys Overview

Brooklyn Bowl - Bar | Bowling Alley | Live Music Venue | Restaurant in NYC

New York is all about bigger, brighter, and crazier, and bowling alleys in New York are perfect examples of that. Not content with pizza parties and Top 40 jams, these alleys go for broke, replacing a typical night of bowling with an entire experience.

The city’s standard will always be Chelsea Piers, whose 28-acre sports facility has a traditional bowling alley perfect for families and big groups of carefree friends who just want to have a good time. More intense and elaborate is Bowlmor Lanes in Midtown, whose multiple bars, gilded-age décor, and moving neon sign bring a certain outlandish charm to a typical night out with friends. The gem of NYC bowling alleys, though, is Brooklyn Bowl, whose dark interior comes complete with multiple bars, a restaurant, endless lanes, and a decent-sized concert venue with a constant flow of punk and hip-hop bands dominating the stage – though for divier drinkers, the Gutter nearby boasts a smaller, more ramshackle atmosphere.

New York bowling alleys sometimes seem a little much – what’s wrong with plastic benches and cheap beers? – but for those interested in a fun night out, these over-the-top hangouts will have guests seeing stars, even if they do so from the gutters.

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