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||Contact:|
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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The Hold Steady
Celebrating the 10th anniversary of their critically-beloved album Boys and Girls in America, the Hold Steady returns for a special sold-out four night run at Brooklyn Bowl. Don't lose all hope though, the venue is releasing night-of tickets at 6pm. Better...Rock and indieRead more
The rapper, known for gleefully menacing tones and breakout single "I Don't Like," has slowed his prodigious output of mixtapes this year, but you should still expect things to get very rowdy indeed, especially for cuts from his 2012 debut, Finally R...Rap, hip-hop and R&B Monday December 5 2016Read more
The Freedom Party x The Rub
Two celebrated, long-running NYC dance parties walk into a bar. One out-of-control, boogie-your-effin-face-off hoedown ensues. The Freedom Party's Marc Smooth, Cosi and Herbert Holler join forces with the Rub's Eleven and Ayres for a night-long onslaught...Funk and soul Friday December 9 2016Read more
Immortal Technique + Kyp Malone + Holly Miranda + Invisible Familiars + The Skins
As far as socially conscious underground hip-hop goes, it doesn't get much better than hyperpolitical rhymer Immortal Technique. The stalwart MC headlines a benefit for those protesting the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline at Standing Rock.Rap, hip-hop and R&B Monday December 12 2016Read more
Things to do
Dave Harrington & Friends Holiday Spectacular
Darkside’s Dave Harrington gathers two dozen (that’s two for every day of Christmas) vocalists and musicians from other bands—including Hamilton Leithauser (The Walkmen), Nick Murphy (Chet Faker) and Martin Courtney (Real Estate)—to create an epic collaboration....Concerts Sunday December 18 2016Read more
Kamasi Washington + The Budos Band
As part of Flying Lotus's increasingly eclectic Brainfeeder label, saxophone jazz-man Kamasi Washington has an ambitious streak. His sprawling 172-minute, three-volume undertaking appropriately titled The Epic is just one example of Washington's aim to...Jazz Friday December 30 2016 - Saturday December 31 2016Read more
Ring in 2017 with an evening of lush groovescapes courtesy of turntable whiz RJD2 who hits the 'Burg with his dense, party-fueling beats. He was last heard on the recent soulful sixth album, Dame Fortune, in which the "Mad Men" theme producer lays out...Rap, hip-hop and R&B Tuesday January 10 2017Read more
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Really cool spot! I was in a bowling league here for a few years and it was great. We'd bowl, booze, and chow down, all the while with a live band playing behind us. Doesn't get much better than that. Also, like 80% of the time you go here, you will at some point see Questlove.
Tasty food, friendly service, concerts and bowling! What more could you ask for? Brunch is great, snacks are great and reasonably priced beer. I also had a celebrity sighting at one of the shows here so you never know who you might see.
I love this place! I've been here many times and I always have a great time. It is so chill, and crazy that you the bowling noise doesn't interfere with the band that is playing. The venue is huge, there is a place to eat, spots by the bar, you can sit and bowl, jam by the band or just go chill in the lounge and hang out... it's got it all! It's not tremendously expensive and even though it seems Willamsburg is so far away it's pretty easy to get to. I need to go here more often :)
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.
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.