200 North 14th Street
Brooklyn NY 11211
Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ Great
Cards: All Major
Hours: Monday-Thursday 5p-4a; Frida2p-4a; Saturday-Sunday 12p-4a
Subway: L to Bedford Ave., G to Nassau Ave.
Food/Menu: No food available
Website/Music Calendar: www.thegutterbrooklyn.com
Booze: Full bar
Happy Hour: Mon-Fri before 8pm & Mon-Thurs after 1am $1 off drafts and well drinks & $3 pitchers
NY Mag says:
The owners of Barcade salvaged equipment from an Ohio O-Rama to turn a former factory into an eight-lane bowling alley with an adjacent lodge-styled bar. It’s the first alley to open in Brooklyn in 50 years, and yet the place looks like it’s been around for nearly that long— from the 1970s Brunswick scoring machines to the antique telephone booth to the Tiffany beer lamps lighting the (fake) mahogany tables. One expects “Let’s Go to the Hop” and pitchers of Bud to match the American flag over the lanes, but the indie-rock-leaning soundtrack ranges from Bruce Springsteen to deep tracks of Sonic Youth. In addition to a decent selection of whiskeys, the bar dispenses a dozen craft brews to those sitting on its vinyl club stools. Those who aren’t hungry for beef jerky must resort to a Zagnut or a Mr. Goodbar from the vending machine. Blame your gutter balls on sticky fingers.
Brought to us by the boys behind game-crazy hang Barcade, you’re not going to find any disco bowling here: no flashing laser lights, no house music, definitely no modern flatscreens showing scores. No, if anything this looks more like disco-era bowling, meaning it appears to have risen straight out of 1973. The décor—strictly rec room—is pretty bare-bones: think old brick walls, mismatched lamps, a couple of vintage TV sets, and equipment brought back from some old alley in the Midwest. Don’t expect to be getting your game on in a cavernous complex: there are only eight lanes (and reserving is out of the question for now), but a full bar overlooks them so the actual bowling may very well become an afterthought.