From old-school, no-frills lanes to hipsterfied hybrid alleys, Brooklyn has bowling in every flavor — and for every price point.
For beer lovers: The Gutter (Williamsburg)
This cool-kids haunt is a bar first and a bowling alley second. There are 12 craft beers to choose from and throwback vinyl booths to lounge on. The Gutter’s eight wooden lanes are the real deal: They were sourced from a 1970s-era alley in Ohio. Even the score monitors are vintage; it’s all very The Big Lebowski. Don’t bring the little ones here—this joint is 21 and over at all times. $7/game; $40/hour Mon–Thu, $45/hour Fri–Sun. Shoe rental $3.
Deal: Two-for-one bowling Sun–Thu after 1 a.m., Fri 2–6 p.m.
32 lanes of glory | Tom L. via Yelp
For the thrifty: Shell Lanes (Gravesend)
You’ll have to take the subway far south to reach this no-muss, no-fuss bowling spot, but your wallet will thank you: Games will set you back as little as $3.50 a pop. Like Melody Lanes in Sunset Park, Shell hosts leaguers and birthday partiers from the surrounding neighborhood. There’s the usual bar and snack stand, and on Friday and Saturday nights, the 32-lane alley offers glow-in-the-dark “Cosmic Bowling.” $3.75–$6/game. Shoe rental $3.50.
Deal: $5/person for two hours Mon 3:30–5pm, 10pm–midnight; $3.50/game Tue 9:30–midnight
Brooklyn Bowl’s alley and stage
For music fans: Brooklyn Bowl (Williamsburg)
Built inside a refurbished warehouse, this spot is equal parts bowling alley, concert venue and restaurant. Check out a band or DJ under the twirling disco ball (?uestlove is a regular) or knock down pins on one of 16 lanes. The accoutrements are swanky: black leather couches for lounging between turns, high-def TV screens at the end of each lane and food by Brooklyn barbecue standby Blue Ribbon. Brooklyn Bowl is also 21-plus except Sundays from noon to 6pm. $20/half hour Mon–Thu, $25/half hour Fri–Sun. Shoe rental $4.95.
Deal: Half-off lanes on Sunday after 8pm (mention “Sunday Night Special”)
Brightly decorated lanes at Strike 10
For the family: Strike 10 Lanes (Mill Basin)
If you’re looking for a place to throw a birthday party (for your kid or for you), then this is your spot. Family-owned and operated by pro-bowler Lou Seda, Strike 10 Lanes hosts youth programs, class trips, and fundraisers. The café serves up pizza, hot dogs, chicken fingers, and french fries, available in combo platters for groups of 10 or more. And if you keep kosher, they’ve got you covered, too. $4.50-8/game. Shoe rental $4.25.
Deal: Family Fun Pack $59.99 Mon-Fri; $79.99 Sat-Sun includes up to 5 people/lane, 2 hours of bowling, and shoe rental