Brooklyn Bowl

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Photograph: Lizz Kuehl


Photograph: Lizz Kuehl


Photograph: Lizz Kuehl


Photograph: Lizz Kuehl


Photograph: Lizz Kuehl


This bowling alley and live music venue fully embraces the new mania for local nostalgia. The space takes its design cues from Coney Island with old freak-show posters and carnival-game relics, and all of the beer sold inside—by Sixpoint, Kelso and the Brooklyn Brewery—is made in the borough. This is a great place to kill a few hours with a big rowdy group: You can tackle a pitcher and the stoner-food menu from the Blue Ribbon team (delicious fatty brisket, Old Bay–fried chicken) laneside between frames. The plush tufted couches are the most luxurious alley seating we’ve ever seen.
Venue name: Brooklyn Bowl
Address: 61 Wythe Ave
Cross street: at North 12th St
Opening hours: Mon–Fri 6pm–2am; Sat, Sun noon–2am
Transport: Subway: L to Bedford Ave
Price: Half-hour of play for up to eight people: Sat $20; Sun $20; shoe rental $5.

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Average User Rating

5 / 5

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Jillian Anthony

So I have never been bowling here, mostly because it's ridiculously expensive, but I have seen many a band play here and danced the night away. Most recently I saw Little Dragon play, and before that I've checked out the Thursday night parties hosted by Questlove, karaoke nights and, my favorite, dance-off nights. There's usually a nice crowd here, the place is clean and you can grab food at the restaurant area that's actually quite good. Also, something often overlooked, there's enough bathroom stalls for everyone! Don't count on cheap beers or drinks here, but it's a great place to let loose that's not in a stuffy club atmosphere.

Jason S

Not only does Brooklyn Bowl serve as Williamsburg's best bowling alley, but Brooklyn Bowl doubles as one of the coolest concert venues in all of NYC.  This intimate concert space has played host to some of the most eclectic acts that find themselves in NYC.  On any given night you can catch one of the following shows - a Talking Heads cover band, Gene Ween signing Billy Joel,  the Trey Anastasio Band, Reel Big Fish, Slick Rick, or even The Dan Band.  Also, while other bowling alleys offer Elios Pizza and gross hotdogs,  Blue Ribbon serves up the food at Brooklyn Bowl -- have some fried chicken while you're listening to your favorite band.