Brooklyn Bowl

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Brooklyn BowlBrooklyn Bowl

Type: Bar, Eatery

61 Wythe Ave
Brooklyn, New York, 11249-1027
United States

(718) 963-3369 | map

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Added by meguiar on 10-11-2009

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3.93/5  rDev -7.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

This place has a lot of good things all going on at the same time...stimulation over load comes to a local quality beer infused sort of way. Add to the mix, bowling (with large screen TVs over the lanes), a spacious concert stage, a menu filled with BBQ/southern style comfort food and you have an adult fun theme park all with a comfortable and casual style that makes for a fun and memorable experience...The wife and I enjoyed a few beers, some very tasty shrimp cocktail, and a frame of bowling. You are gonna shell out a few bucks (bowling was something like $25 for a 1/2 hour) but this is a place thats worth a gotta check it out, even if its just for a fun few pints and a bite to eat or for a further splurge on rolling a few balls or enjoying a meal and or a show.

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4.1/5  rDev -3.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5


Memorial Day Sunday in the burg. A bowling alley? Really? Don't we already have one of those? Did we need another? We'll see. It was a great goddamn hike from the brewery to get here but we braved the sidewalk all 30 steps around the corner just the same. You'll never know what it feels like to be a Sneech 'til some guy at the door stamps a star onto your hand...

It's a huge space, wide & high. Big brick with I beams & wood rafters. Exposed piping every which way, some skylight action, and high mounted lamps. Cushy couches up front in something of a lobby area and off to the right, a carnivalesque reception desk with gaming wheels to both sides on the backing, boards on center listing bowling pricing, another larger gaming wheel above, and a "The Amazing Zargo" machine (Zoltar's half brother), to one side. As it turns out, the amazing Zargo is just a prop for a concealed ATM machine below, not really so amazing.

Behind the front space there, a laminate topped "L" shaped bar and a bar counter piece effectively "Z"ing the thing out. Seating for a dozen+ on green leather non backed stools, there for Randy's displeasure. A single 10 tap tower on the bar to one side. Barback is counter space with tiered booze and stacked glassware, plus 2 shelves of booze above over some sort of bowling scoreboard backing, and coolers & more booze below. Off to one side, they've got a Margharita machine with a skeet ball face of bad ass, even if Raggy doesn't think so. 2 long bar counter tables adjacent to the bar, and 4 booths with bowling pin base tables on the far side of the bar pen, and a 5th booth on the far end of the bar completing the wraparound.

A wall of Carnival baseball knock down clown pieces splitting the bar area from the massive space to the far; that which is Bowlingville. 16 lanes, twice that of The Gutter with ½ its character. And let's cut to the chase, it's puppet show bowling, the pins dancing on strings. A gumball machinelike explosion of shiny new brightly colored bowling balls fill the racks hugging the lanes, and the cushy couches there. Giant projection screens above the end of the lanes, currently alternating between the Yankees/Cleveland game and Easy Rider. Another time out, I caught the Goonies.

To the rear, a larger "L" shaped bar seating considerably more, with 3 towers of the same 10 taps at different points along the way. Shooting gallery duck decorations above shelved booze & glassware along the barback. And a large band performance event pit off of that with a ½ dozen large tables & some couchage all easily movable for what big show is. Showed up for lunch one day and found a band playing, it was pretty fuckin' loud. Another Sunday, I caught a Vinyl show there (see, there used to be these things called records). It was a pretty freaky group of psycho audiophiles, myself included.

But I'm here for food & drink, the crazy allure of the Blue Ribbon BBQ. I had a BLT the first time out, a simple solid sandwich with olive oil mayo on toasted white bread. Next time out, just the BBQ wings. They were flavorful albeit not too crispy in an undercooked kind of way. Next time out, on the heels of Ben talking all loving about the fried chicken, I went with a ½ chicken mixed. It came with white bread, mashed potatoes, & collard greens with bacon & honey. Chicken was win, I just wish there'd been more of it. Next time out, it was the BBQ beef sandwich. Slo roasted brisket (so slo, that it don't even need a "w" to get its point across), with pickles, and sweet & spicy gravy. The bread was solid, but the sandwich was phatted up by them pickles and was lacking the girth I want in a brisket sandwich. I don't mind pricey paying to play, but you've gotta deal me a portion of proportion for it. And this last time around, the roast pork sandwich, with sweet onions, poblanos & queso fresco, whatever those things are. The roast pork sandwich was the best thing I've had here and I do always 'ppreciate the side bed of greens that comes with every sandwich. They need a BBQ sampler here, and I've told them so. They also do pork ribs & blackened salmon, but I think this'll be my last shot at food here as there is nau and has been better que in the Burg.

And drink. 10 taps from the breweries of Brooklyn, or at least those who are housed here, where they brew is a completely different story. Kelso Brooklyn Bowl Pale Ale & Nut Brown Lager; Sixpoint Bengali Tiger IPA & Sweet Action; Brooklyn Weisse, Pilsner, Lager, Pennant Pale Ale, Blast Double IPA & (rotating, but currently the) Summer Ale. I am pretty sure that I've drank the Kelso Nut Brown every time I've been here. They also carry bottles of Brooklyn Local 1 & 2, and 30 wines.

Food was better than good for the most part, and the beer is certainly fresh enough. Solid showcase of music performers coming through. Cool scene, but Bowlingwise, I prefer my life in the gutter.

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4.38/5  rDev +3.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

What a great place. Attached to the Brooklyn brewery and in a very hip up and coming part of Brooklyn, this place is over the top. Not the place to go if you want impossible to find beers and impossible to make food, but if you want amazing home-cooked style soul food and local beer all in an atmosphere that is extremely comfortable, and like crack for your eyes this is the joint. Also a concert venue and over the top psychedelic bowling alley with video screens that alternate between the act on stage and whatever awesome movie they choose to play. Even the bathrooms are cool. Hard to find anywhere else in the world like this place. Loved it. Go.

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3.65/5  rDev -13.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 3

This place isn't really a beer bar at all as it only has 8 taps, but if you're from out of town then it's a nice stop b/c the 8 taps are the local brews - Brooklyn, Chelsea, Kelso. Sat at the bar and had a nice conversation w/ knowledgeable bartender and the food tasted good, but nothing spectacular (you're paying NY prices after all). However, the real appeal of this place is the intimate bowling scene so if you and your friends want to bowl and grab a micro compared to Bud Light buckets than hit this place.

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Brooklyn Bowl in Brooklyn, NY
Place rating: 4.23 out of 5 with 8 ratings