Looking for a place to go bowling in Brooklyn? Try your luck at one of these tried-and-true establishments. Put on your bowling shoes and try to bowl a strike at these alleys, from old school to hipster haunts, bowl your way around Brooklyn. If you're a native, many of these bowling alleys offer leagues.
Edited by Alison Lowenstein
Take a walk back to yesteryear at this beautiful bowling alley; the owners have outfitted the place with authentic old-school equipment and furniture. Hipsters flock to this Williamsburg hotspot, so expect a wait. Games are $7; shoe rental is $3. No worries if you don't have socks, you can buy a pair for $2 at The Gutter. If you're in Queens, they also have location in Long Island City.
200 N 14th Street
You might find yourself surrounded by teens at Melody Lanes, but this Sunset Park bowling alley is definitely one of the friendliest in Brooklyn. The retro bar and game room certainly add to the atmosphere. Just to note, this is a local favorite for Brownstone Brooklyn parents and weekend afternoons are filled with kid's birthday parties. Games are $7 and up; shoe rental is $4. If you're on a budget, they have specials throughout the week, so be sure to check out the dates for Ladies Night and others weekly discounted days.
461 37th Street
The bowling at Shell Lanes is budget-friendly, but watch out for the notoriously unfriendly staff. The spacious thirty-two lane bowling alley also has great weekday specials including two hours of bowling for $5 throughout the week. Games are $4.50 and up (seniors can bowl $2.50 games on weekday mornings); shoe rental is $4.00. It's a bit off the beaten path in the Gravesend section of Brooklyn.
1 Bouck Court
This hipster bowling alley in the heart of Williamsburg also doubles as a music venue. On weekend afternoons, they offer family friendly bowling. It's $25 per lane per 1/2 hour for up to eight people from Monday-Sunday. $4.95 for shoe rental, and if you forget socks, you can buy them for $4.00. If you're on a budget, go bowling on a Sunday. They offer a Sunday night special, where players can get 50% off a lane.
61 Wythe Avenue
Formerly Gil Hodges Lane and Strike One, Fun Fest is a smallish Gravesend bowling alley that has been renovated. The family friendly alley is a great place for a birthday party. Just to note, they have Kosher dining options for parties. Games are $6; shoe rental is $4.
6161 Strickland Avenue