The Gutter Bowling Alley and Bar

Bars, Lounges Greenpoint
4 out of 5 stars
(3user reviews)
The Gutter
Photograph: Lizz KuehlThe Gutter

The Williamsburg bar scene offers a unique twist at this dive outfitted with eight bowling lanes. Try your hand at a few games while tossing back happy hour pints on weekdays, or rent lanes by the hour with your crew on the weekend. Special events and league games help draw in crowds not enticed enough by the combination of cheap booze and hurling bulky objects.


Venue name: The Gutter Bowling Alley and Bar
Address: 200 North 14th St
Cross street: between Berry St and Wythe Ave
Opening hours: Mon-Thu 5pm-4am; Fri 2pm-4am; Sat, Sun noon-4am
Transport: Subway: L to Bedford Ave
Price: Average game, per person: $7; or $40-$45 per hour per lane
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4 / 5

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The Gutter makes Brooklyn Bowl feel like a try hard younger sibling trying to break free from the shadow of their cooler older sibling by trying to outshine them. Not necessarily a dig at Brooklyn Bowl, just that The Gutter feels cool - it gets it without trying to get it. Super divey in the bar portion, music in the back and bowling lanes off to the side, this is a great space to spend a day with friends. 

"Dive bar+bowling = happiness"

On the outside, one would not expect a bowling alley because of the divey and slight sketchy factors. But, this place is great and on top of bowling it has an excellent craft beer selection with decent prices -6 bucks a pint and 21 bucks a pitcher. For the clientele is kind of chill.  

Just note that the bar does have chips (I have not seen Andy Capp hot fries since was a kid) but no real food. But it seems that the place is very relaxed with people bringing their own food. I wish that I had know that before so I would have avoided "Hanger", anger induced by hunger. 

As for the bowling,  it did take a couple of hours to get a lane. I believe thursday nights are league nights so that could have explained the long wait. However, I did not mind too much because of the wonderful beer selection. The lanes are really old school; I think your score is recorded on a Commodore 64 ;) Plus, there are no bells and whistles that many of the bowling in the city has. Unfortunately, They did not have too many balls for thick thumbed individuals such as myself but I find that to be the case for many bowling alleys. 

Gutter is a great place for drinking and bowling. If you actually want to bowl, skip Brooklyn Bowl and go to Gutter. The wait times aren’t bad and it’s much more affordable. The lanes are very old, so it’s not a place for would-be pro-bowlers, but it’s a great place to hang out with friends. If you’re more of the competitive type, join one of the hipster bowling leagues. If you just want to drink, Gutter’s good for that too. It’s not flashy in the least, not even in a Williamsburg kind of way. Great place to kick back with a group.