Next time you’re looking for something different to do–especially if you’ve got a big crew–Brooklyn Bowl could be the right move. Located near Greenpoint and Williamsburg apartments, and, because it’s nearby the Bedford Avenue L stop, much of Downtown Manhattan, on any given night Brooklyn Bowl offers a solid triple-treat of good music, good food, and lots of laughs.
And because it’s all housed within a massive former factory–the 23,000-square foot Hecla Iron Works, built in 1882, to be precise–not only is there plenty of room to roam around and meet people, it all looks really cool, too, in that post-industrial fun-house sort of way.
Anyway, I was reminded of all of this after checking out the Adam “MCA” Yauch tribute night at Brooklyn Bowl last week (it was sad and fun at the same time, and the place was definitely “packed like sardines in a tin”), and am already looking for an excuse to go back.
There’s bowling, of course, at Brooklyn Bowl, 16-lanes worth of the only sport that encourages drinking beer and eating platters of chicken wings while you play. It’s all pretty much state of the art, the equipment and the automatic scoring and such, and the alley-side seating is loungy and plush, with a big table that, more often than not, is piled high with food.
And no wonder: Brooklyn Bowl partnered with the first-rate Blue Ribbon restaurant chain (well known to residents of Midtown West, Soho, and Park Slope apartments… even Las Vegas residents!) to provide food for their nightly party, which you can eat at your lane or at the restaurant up front.
The Brooklyn Bowl Blue Ribbon menu is packed with crowd-pleasures, few of which disappoint: sloppy joes, fried chicken, french bread pizza, “rock-n-roll fries”, bacon and blue-cheese wedge salads, and a full brunch on weekends.
And if all of that wasn’t reason enough to put Brooklyn Bowl on your radar, the venue also has a full slate of live music and dancing (often courtesy of DJ ?uestove’s Bowl Train!) as well as other special events.
Every night there’s something going on, such as, to pick out of few upcoming shows that seem like fun, concerts by the all-girl Motley Crue tribute band, Girls Girls Girls; Salsa Sundays with the Williamsburg Salsa Orchestra; Dark Star Orchestra’s “Grateful Dead Concert Experience”; indie bands like Brazilian Girls and Los Campesinos; and all-time greats like Fishbone and Big Audio Dynamite.
Brooklyn Bowl is located on Wythe Avenue between North 10th and North 11th Streets. For lots more info, check out their calendar of events.
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