The Gutter


200 N 14th St
Brooklyn, New York, 11249-1012
United States

(718) 387-3585 | map

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DRDAries from New York

3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

Jul 01, 2014
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daliandragon from Maryland

4.06/5  rDev +1.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Had a mini family reunion in Williamsburg last weekend. Started at Brooklyn and after it got crowded around 3:30 we started thinking about alternate locations. My brain immidiately turned to Barcade and Spuyten D but my cousins fiancee Teddy suggested this place, which, no longer being a local, I had never heard of. Turns out, the Gutter is a sweet place, and that Teddy looks like a good addition to the family.

First, its only 3 blocks from Brooklyn on N. 14th. second, its the same ownership as Barcade and has a very respectable collection of local taps and decently priced pitchers. Finally, the tiny bowling alley is retro and fun, although it seemed a bit pricy ($9 a game)and they need some better house balls. However, those are fairly small potatoes. My brother and I shared a pitcher of Sixpoint Rightous Rye, played the old 80's USA v USSR hockey game and soaked up the ambiance. Another solid choice (surprise, surprise) in Williamsburg.

Jul 21, 2009
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NeroFiddled from Pennsylvania

3.86/5  rDev -3.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4

So I haven't reviewed The Gutter???... just another place that's slipped through my fingers. Dammit, I need a personal assistant to follow me around and then enter my info to the site. Anyway...

The Gutter is one of my favorite places in Brooklyn. And it's in close proximity to Brooklyn Brewing and Mugs and The Diamond and d.b.a. It's also just an interesting area to walk around in, and I've got quite a few great photos from my trips there, but I digress...

It's a really cool place that 'imported' an old bowling alley to Brooklyn from what, Minnesota? Something like that. It's got old, almost-black wood based booths, and lots of old beerophenalia on the walls. There are framed picture windows that look frome the bar area onto the bowling lanes. I don't go for the bowling, myself (although I have tossed a few), but the bar area is good enough in itself. And the draft selection is quite good. There are enough bathrooms as well, which is a nice change!

A fun night out! Grab some friends and go bowl a few! Toss a few pints, and then get drunk and wander down the street and hang out with the guys at the motorcycle shop for an hour or so like I've done on several occassions now ;) Fun place!

Jun 16, 2009
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Billolick from New York

4.13/5  rDev +3.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Yet another quality beer destination in Williamsburg Brooklyn. The bounty and wealth of beer spot that Brooklyn natives have in their midst's is truly outstanding. I was glad to make it here to check out the scene and enjoy a visit. This joint is a bit out of "the center of town", but keep in mind that means it's about a 7 minute walk from Muggs, 5 from the Brooklyn Brewery, 5 from The Diamond, 10 from the brand new outpost of DBA, 20 mins from Spuytin D/Fette Sau, 22 from Barcade...should I go on, nah, you get the picture. Before you get to the industrial entrance, you will be treated to an amazing view of the Manhattan skyline, across the river. The Bowling is to the right as you enter, the "old man bar" is directly ahead. Also a pool table, the hockey game under the plastic bubble. Its kinda dark and dingy, well worn, comfortable, unique, wood paneled, welcoming, unpretentious. Quality beer? of course, you're in the right neighborhood. Domestic house, 12 or so quality taps (mostly the worthy "usual suspects") Don't expect any Spuytanesque rare treats, but do look forward to fresh locals and other tried and true offerings. Well worth a visit to just hang out, roll a few down the hard wood or as part of a rich area crawl.

Dec 08, 2008
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wwheeler from Massachusetts

4.01/5  rDev +0.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4

Holy crap, was this a shock. I came down to Brooklyn with my friend for the night, and driving down the Taconic State Parkway, we both decided we needed a beer, and he wanted bowling. Since he new about The Gutter, he said I needed to check this place out. Don't be deceived by appearances! When my friend wanted to go bowling, and combined with the atmosphere, I was expecting to be drinking Pabst. Boy was I wrong, I was more than pleasantly surprised with Smuttynose IPA on tap. Combine a great tap list with bowling, can't go wrong.

Only the next time, I'll have to wear my tight jeans...

Aug 06, 2008
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slander from New York

4.36/5  rDev +9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

Soft opening Wednesday. Placed curbside with the recyclables not an hour before, I've now got a great view of the gutter. Let me get up, brush off, and revel in the company of friends, something I should probably do a little more often. Thank you, people...

Something new on the north side, filling in them gaps nicely. Industrial everything everywhere so you could easily miss it, but don't. It's a large open room with a dark varnished 6 seat bar to the rear. Three tiered booze on the bar back forward splotchy cobwebbed mirrored panels and glassware below. Strung lighting behind the booze lends shimmer to the colored bottles. A long shelf above holds baby bowling pins, trophies, awards, medals and other bowling glory in all sizes and shapes. Off to the right some, taps selections are listed on a blackboard, beers by the pint and pitcher. Other smaller boards over the rinse areas list bottled selections and soda, damn good jerky and snacks (think beautiful coconutty Zagnut goodness). Vintage "your dad's beer" signage above the bar and on the side walls (Tuborg, Schmidts, Piels, Ambassador, Knickerbocker, Ballantine, Pfeiffers, Utica Club, Genesee) and great old beer lamps over the bar (Busch, Old Milwaukee, Falstaff, Old Style, Grain Belt), plus a great Schlitz spinning globe lamp, and a display of bowling bags for purchase over the shoe rental and pay to play counter.

The far wall hold a 6 seat bar counter below old black & white bowling pictures and period newspaper print pieces, and 4 booths on the opposite wall below panel windows looking in on the bowling alley. 5 tables in a row run the center of the room from the bar towards the door, another offset booth, and a raised side seating area just off the door with a pair of booths and 4 tables. Off the side of the side, through that doorway there, 6 individual bathrooms sharing common sinkage.

The room is done up dark painted walls over old wood paneling with brewery lights, signs, trays and mirrors, it's very very. Also, a few velvet paintings, a puzzle picture, and some old 70's artwork. Center skylight, exposed ductwork and flouro lighting. Out front, a spacious enclosed area for the dirty smokers.

So, up the stairs past the phantom tollbooth and the vintage candy machine into the bowling alley. Big brick walls with a large 48 star American flag. Crescent shaped plastic seating, old bowling machines, and racks of bowling balls (If I can't find that greenish ball, I use a 15 lb orange ball that used to belong to someone named Bill). Unbelievable! I can't get a bearing on form, I have no curve anymore and I can't crack 140. WTF? I used to be a better bowler than this before the accident. There's a certain camaraderie in nobody there being able to bowl worth a shit, except for the handful of folks who've hit 200, their names posted for all to see and resent. The beer helps though.

A long box on the bar holds a dozen taps. All local (Brooklyn Brown, Six Point Sweet Action, Chelsea Checker Cab, Southampton IPA, Captain Lawrence Pale Ale), and regional (Victory DonnyBrook & Prima Pils, Genesee Cream Ale, Climax ESB, Fisherman's Brew, DogFishHead Raison D'Etre, Allagash White), and they're pretty much set permanently in chalk. On more than one occasion now, I've tried to talk Paul into switching this up for that, but it ain't happening.

They've also got a half dozen plus big bottles (currently Rogue Chocolate Stout, DogFishHead Fort, Avery Hog Heaven, Middle Ages Dragonslayer, Green Flash Barleywine, Captain Lawrence St. Vincent's Dubbel, Alesmith Yulesmith, Doc's Cider) but others have rotated in and out (Allagash Curieux, Avery Blaharaja, something from Penn maybe).

Only 8 lanes finds you waiting for one pretty quickly, so take a number and go get a beer. Might I suggest taking a half day Friday and showing up at noon, or being on their doorstep when they open on the weekends has worked pretty well, as well.

Oh yeah, also. Much in the same way that everybody thinks they're a good driver and everybody thinks they have a sense of humor, nobody thinks their feet stink. Yours do, they smell like Fritos and no, that's not a compliment. Drop a couple of bucks in the nice girl's jar for having to deal with your stank shoes. It's only right.

It's a good house. Beers are fresh and I can easily get one, tunes are good and the crowd doesn't bother me much (Doesn't TC seem a much happier person these days?) Oh, and guess what? If they think you are wasted, you are not bowling.

Jan 22, 2008
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wbthink from New York

4.4/5  rDev +10%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4

What's cool? Well, The Gutter!

Those fine, beer-centric guys from Barcade have created a wood-paneled, American beer memorabilia-laden, VFW looking place. With a very comfortable bar area, The Gutter, is a throw-back to the 50's and 60's neighborhood bowling alleys. Large armed and very poofy, bar stools set around a dark wood and wood paned bar makes for this cool setting.

Their 12 drafts and 6 large (22oz & 750ml bottles are US only, and well selected to give the beer geek, and those other folks, plenty of choices while either hanging out at the bar or waiting for their number to come up to play in their 8 lane retro bowling alley. The recent drafts included Brooklyn Brown, Victory Hop Devil, Sly Fox IPA, Dogfish Raison d'Etre, Allagash White, Sixpoint Sweet Action, Climax ESB, Southampton Secret Ale, Sly Fox O'Reilly's Stout and Fisherman's Brew among others. American craft brewed big bottles include Allagash Curieux, Weyerbacher Quad, among others.

You'll feel like a cool kat hanging out at this place!

Sep 30, 2007
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saltydog from New York

4.43/5  rDev +10.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 3.5

Another new (September 2007) Williamsburg beer bar. From the same folks that brought you Barcade, is another unusually-themed bar. This place has apparently the first bowling alley in Brooklyn NY in about 50 years. It also has a very cool, lodge-like bar area, that is totally separate from the bowling alley. The bar feels like it's been around forever, in a very good way, but it is a totally new construction in a former factory building. It's a slightly isolated area on the tip of Williamsburg, but give them a few years as they are near the waterfront and that area will be hopping. They are also about a five minute walk from the Diamond, so we are talking about good pubcrawl material here. The beer list is at present 12 taps, no bottles, and is a little more conservative than a beer geek like me would like, but the place is so wonderful that I am going to be a bit patient and see what happens later. Actually...add-on. Just found that they will be adding some very interesting bottles shortly.

Sep 18, 2007
The Gutter in Brooklyn, NY
Place rating: 4 out of 5 with 10 ratings