Brooklyn Bowl London

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North Greenwich may not be an obvious choice for a fun night out, but that could be about to change with the new opening of US import Brooklyn Bowl at the O2 Arena.

The New York venue opened in a Williamsburg warehouse in 2009 and has remained an award-winning hipster hotspot ever since, and its London equivalent is hoping for the same reaction. But don’t let the name fool you, it's not just bowling that's on offer. Set to host some of the hottest gigs in town, the venue has direct access from the O2 Arena’s backstage area and a great sound system, which ought to pull in the slebs, and for some O2 shows, they’ll be streaming live video and audio of what’s happening on the main stage. Food-wise, the menu here is the same as in Brooklyn, serving up classic American fare including sloppy joes, oyster po’ boys, cajun catfish and fried chicken.

Family Bowl sessions for all ages run on Saturdays and Sundays from midday until 7pm, with a kids' menu alongside the main one. All lanes can cater for up to ten people.

 

Venue name: Brooklyn Bowl London
Contact:
Address: The O2
Peninsula Square
London
SE10 0DX
Transport: Tube: North Greenwich
Price: £25 and under
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Sophie B
2 of 2 found helpful

Amazing evening with Brooklyn Bowl! Most delicious fried chicken and mash!!! Brilliant selection of drinks - i went with the frozen Margarita's WOW! The live music was phenomenal and soooo much fun while playing some bowling! All in all the staff and team were extremely helpful and i'd 100% recommend anyone who is up for a good night out!!! 

Julie S
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Great afternoon and evening, the music was excellent a great mix of old and new that had us reminiscing and singing and swaying whilst attempting to bowl (the expertly made mohitos could have had something to do with the singing and dancing attempts) comfortable seating, the attention to detail and just that bit of luxury with the sofas made it feel that bit more intimate and special, all the lanes were full but the staff were attentive and just a wonderful prelude to our meal in the restaurant.  Again the waiting staff were friendly and good to chat to and the food was tasty, large portions, a great atmosphere, all tables were full but the service was attentive.  Would definitely visit again.

Tabish
2 of 2 found helpful

We were served very promptly - had a film to catch half an hour later, and the service was friendly and funny, the food was delicious, great mash potato and fried chicken, reasonably priced considering the portion size can be shared between two. All in all great - and the bourbon milkshakes are yum

Owen
2 of 2 found helpful

I can completely understand the bad reviews because our initial experience was poor. Our waitress got the drinks order wrong and then it did not turn up for ages. However, to rectify this the manager agreed to undercharge us for time on the lane (at his own suggestion), gave us some free drinks and free food. The night we went was incredibly busy for the Brits week (poor choice by us, to be fair, with an adjacent teenybopper gig in the stage area) and they actually handled it very well. The venue is great and the drinks and food are fantastic. I would urge anyone thinking of going to look at the night they choose, but otherwise have a very high opinion of this place.

Dave
2 of 2 found helpful

I was very fortunate to attend the opening night and I have to say that it was a fantastic event. The environment is great and the place was really rocking!

The Man on the Street
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The O2 has a new hang out and its the coolest under that big roof. The Brooklyn Bowl London is a WOW. The house band (The All Stars) are AWESOME. Jazz Funk with a biting rocky edge. American food, bowling and Brooklyn Lager on tap. Simply loved it.

John
2 of 2 found helpful

Spent last night at the Brooklyn Bowl launch party, a awesome night at a awesome venue

robynne b
2 of 3 found helpful

Had a fantastic night out at Brooklyn Bowl last night! We were so well looked after by everyone from the door staff to the waiters! We Are Scientists were the headliners and what a great atmosphere the venue had with the bowling, restaurant and bar! We had a sober one, but it didn't matter as the milkshakes were fresh and tasty with the food being exactly what you want from an American menu. The band were brilliant and perfect for the venue space as everyone had a great night. I would definitely recommend this for a great night out, especially as it only took us 20 mins from Leicester Sq to North Greenwich. Definitely recommend for a night out!

Lizzie W
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Sooo I've been to the real deal in Brooklyn on a trip to NY and admit it was a good bowling alley - but what makes it awesome are the gigs they hold in the bar area which are right by the bowling alleys

I hadn't even realised there was one in London until timeout were advertising their bowling offer - £20 for two people, 45 mins on the lane, free shoe hire, a pint each, fried chicken and chips. For that price I immediately bought it and also asked another few couples if they wanted to join
It had a few months redemption so thought it would be easy to book for 3 couples but I was so wrong! To begin with you couldn't book more than a couple on one lane!? Then they changed their minds and you could have 4 on a lane for 1 hour 30 bowl time - pretty good but a bit awkward with 3 couples. There was also a problem with guaranteeing lanes would be next to each other and there was limited availability for timeout offers 
Because people got booked up so quickly we ended up booking the last Sunday it was redeemable with only 2 couples - bit of a palava but partly my fault as well
We turned up just before our booking at 3 and tbh it was a pretty slick operation 
After taking our timeout vouchers (a rather rude lady) we were taken to our lane and our shoes were brought to us
We were damn awful at bowling but other than that it was good fun! 
One gripe is me and another girl were REALLY quite bad but they wouldn't let us put the barriers up. They did explain it was because we could damage them but they weren't that nice about it! 
Food came after 15 mins of arrival and boy was it a lot! The chicken is really nice and comes on top of some sweet fried bread which I loved! Chips were covered in cheese and gravy and their were heaps of them. Bf and I were impressed (we hadn't had lunch and it filled us up!) but the other couple weren't too keen on the food. 
Also good choice of beers for free, after that though be warned at a pint is £6! 
We managed to get in 2 full games and were on our second to last bowl when our time was up
It just shuts you off so we didn't even get a chance to look at the score. Doing it timed does make it good value for money but we were chucked off really quickly with them explaining someone else had the lane and while sitting in the bar finishing our beers saw that it was free for the next 45 min! There were also 4 other lanes free at the time! Bit funny...
However overall the venue and bowling is really cool. I'd come again especially if there was a band on
Another highlight for the boys was that the football was showing on screens all round the alleys and on the stage! They didn't even have to miss their Sunday matches!
Next time I fancy embarrassing myself I am going to try All Star Lanes in Holborn and see if I prefer!

Paula - ToT
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This is an amazing space and very well set out.  Although we didn’t bowl, the lanes look fantastic.  The bar is reasonably priced and there always seems to be an event of some sort - usually a tribute act.  The particular one we went too was odd and not in a good way, but can’t complain about the venue.  It’s hard to review the food as there was a special menu on at the time - my meal was fine, but my friend had theirs sent back to the kitchen as it was still frozen.  The restaurant manager was great there and immediately deducted the item from the bill without any debate.

Chelsey C
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The interior is a bit mish mashed with industrial pipe work alongside giant disco balls but it still works in this huge space.

The free frozen margarita was delicious and the portion was very generous too. I event forked out another £8.50 for another one as they were so tasty!

The issues started to arise when ordering food when there was confusion regarding the menu. Two different menus were on the table with one including a free drink and the other (the Timeout one) not. A few groups managed to order from the former but when my friend questioned this, we were met with a very rude response and the menu snatched out of our hands.

The food system is flawed as you have to order your food and wait for it at the bar, which can be anything up to 15 minutes. When my burger and fries finally arrived, I was left disappointed by what was probably the worst burger I have ever had. It was dry and full of gristle and I would have complained but at this point I had lost the will for another conversation with the unprofessional bar staff.

Thankfully, the Old Dirty Brasstards were there to keep spirits high with their music; playing songs spanning many decades and also throwing in a few unexpected numbers such as 'Doo Wop' by Lauryn Hill and 'Don't Let Go' by En Vougue. This is the second time that I've seen them and they always manage to get people on their feet!

Steph M
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My first trip to this place was in the original one in Brooklyn and when I learnt the London one is in the O2 arena, I must admit I was a bit hesitant to check it out. When I won 2 free tickets for The Old Dirty Brasstards gig through time out, it was time to pay this place a visit!  The space is huge and hands down the most fun place where you can play bowling with a giant disco bowl visible from anywhere inside this massive space.  The ambiance was definitely fun and I'd definitely book a party of people to bowl here. It's also amazing to watch live bands.  Food and drink service needs a bit of work, mainly cos the night I was there, it was clear there was not enough staff behind the bar.  Not sure if this is always the procedure but I had to wait for the food by the bar.  4 stars to this place as a bowling arena and a music venue.

Ed. T
Tastemaker

Stuck in the back of the O2, it's fairy easy to overlook Brooklyn Bowl even if it's just because you can't be arsed to walk around to the other side of the arena! I came here for the Elvis night and left fairly happy with the experience at this venue, though I didn't eat or spend time on the bowling lanes. But as a live music venue, this bar is great for its atmosphere, drinks (frozen margaritas!) and serving staff. 


In all honesty, I'm unlikely to suggest coming here with my friends any time soon for just the food or the bar. However, if I was looking to spend a fun afternoon bowling (£16 for the whole lane for 30 mins, better value than £7 per person a game at other central bowling alleys), drinking and catching a movie with mates, I couldn't think of a better place!

Hollibakes
Tastemaker

The chicken in this place is probably the best fried chicken outside of it's homeland! Some pretty decent eye candy behind the bar as well. The actual bowling is a little on the pricey side, but the atmosphere is great, and it's pretty cool to hang out there for gigs as well.

The Man on the Street

Hanging out at The Brooklyn Bowl during The C2C Festival is one wise move. We booked lunch both days at 1pm. On the Sunday this enabled us to dine whilst the hot new British act "The Shires" nailed it on stage. We booked for both after-parties too , and could not have had a better time. I have read all the reviews below, and its obvious that this venue lacks consistency. However, during C2C it ROCKS, big style. I know where you will find me next year ! 

Howard S

Must be easily the best spot in the O2, great service, live music, food really good, and you go bowling as well apparently! Must return for the 10 pin bowling, recommended!

Neema S
0 of 1 found helpful

Very expensive for what it is. Fried chicken was underseasoned and average and you could taste the grains of sugar in the brownie. They also tried to charge us for 1 hour of bowling when we had only played for half an hour, so watch what they charge for.

Al
0 of 1 found helpful

Wow glad to see that we were not the only ones to have a terrible experience here! Totally ruined my bro inlaw's birthday. It's difficult to know where to start. After initially being told a 90 min max wait, we left after 2hrs 45 and were told it would be at least another 45. Food orders were stopped, we were overcharged for drinks. Place is totally soulless unlike the one in the US. Ray the "Director of Operations" aka Manager in the world I live in capped it all off by bareface lying to us, he was totally out of his depth, would have been funny in other circumstances!!

Martin
0 of 1 found helpful

Same experience as the previous reviewer - was told that I would be called when a lane became available but heard nothing all evening. Rude and unhelpful staff whenever we checked on the situation. Completely ruined a Saturday night out.

Victoria M
0 of 2 found helpful

We went for the opening night and were unable to get a lane the entire evening. The manager did give us some free drinks, but only after we complained loudly. I recently wanted to book a lane for my birthday so sent them an email asking if I could do so for six, as I like bowling so thought I'd give it another go. 


They sent me a reply saying that I could book a lane, but it would cost £60 per hour, and we would have to pay in advance. They charge walk-ins £18 per half hour. Seemed a bit weird - actually very weird I really don't get it - so I asked if it came with any accompaniments - i.e. some snacks or something. Their reply was no, just the lane, because they get quite busy on weekends so the premium is to avoid queuing. Needless to say I wasn't in love with the idea.

Keithley
0 of 2 found helpful

I would not recommend it at all. Service from the staff is very poor and rude. We were not the only group to get up and leave or complain about the wait time of 4 hours think the system or staff need to be changed. I wouldn't go back again.

another unhappy customer
0 of 2 found helpful

Same as the reviews below. What a terrible experience - DO NOT GO. I really wish we'd read the reviews first. We waited over three hours for a lane and eventually left in frustration. I can only think they don't take bookings so that you eat in their restaurant or drink at their bar (which plays nothing but 70s music) while you wait - to only never get a lane. They really need to sort their booking system out. The worst part though was the appalling customer service! To stand at the desk and be completely ignored - by four staff members behind the desk - is just not acceptable. This happened repeatedly. Is it that hard to even acknowledge your customers, let alone offer any kind of service. Don't even waste your time going here!

unhappy customer
0 of 2 found helpful

Would avoid like the plague. I called up in advance to say I had a table reservation for 7pm and therefore wanted to book a lane for 6pm - I was organising a surprise for my husband. I was told they don't take bookings for lanes but if I came in when they opened at 6pm, I would be there first and wouldn't have to queue. I got there a bit early and they had been open since 4pm after all and there was already a 2 hour wait. Only when my husband said he was too annoyed to stay even for food and I said we'd just cancel our reservation and leave a bad review, did they say we could get a lane right away before our dinner after all. To our surprise, about half of the lanes were empty, despite lots of people waiting for lanes in the lobby bit (probably at the bar too). Presumably they were trying to form a long queue as a publicity stunt. At the restaurant, we overheard the couple at the table next to us telling the waitress that they had arrived around the same time as us and - 2.5 hours later - were still waiting for a lane (we didnt want to annoy them by telling them that half of the lanes were probably still empty). The wait staff really didn't know what they were doing - didn't bring us cutlery until our starters had gone cold, seemed to be very complicated to even bring us a bottle of sparkling water, waiter didn't know where the loos were. The service was so awkward and clumsy that it was embarrassing. The food was like TGI Fridays but even greasier and poorer quality. Overall, it's nothing fancier than a normal bowling alley except maybe with fancier decor, brand new lanes and American-style food and bar. Only go if you happen to be in the O2 anyway and there is no queue (probably unlikely until ppl realise what a rip off it is).

Disappointed
0 of 2 found helpful

AVOID. Staff didn't seem to have a clue as to how to manage the waiting list - this could be forgiveable if the staff handled it in a charming manner. They did not. People might put up with it if the end product is good - sadly this fell far short. A promising concept that has been let down by dreadful staff.

Also Unhappy
0 of 2 found helpful

Appalling . Arrived at 6pm to put our names down . Told it would be a 'couple of hours' wait. Were told to expect this so had planned to have an early dinner while waiting. ... 3 hours later after dinner and drinks went to enquire about the wait. The front desk staff were rude, inexperienced and did not seem to want to deal with the customers. They refused to tell us where we were on the waiting list or any idea of how much longer. They only offered up ' it will be a couple more hours'. We waited another 1/2 hour then left to make something of the evening. Will never go back - there are far better venues in London .

Unhappy
0 of 2 found helpful

Well what a disappointment. For somewhere that's brand new you would think it would be a bit more Welcoming. You can't book. You put your name Down on the list but they can't tell you where you are on the list and there's a chance you might not even bowl. Does it look like I have all night to wait around?! We then went to eat at the restaurant, they said they had a nice table... This table was a ledge. What a joke. The member of staff I dealt with was rude, all others pleasant. Will I come back? Not a chance. Ridiculously run establishment. Thought the O2 was better than this.