Published on February 24, 2014 | by Emma Francis

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Review: Brooklyn Bowl


★★★★★

If you’re looking for an original, carefree, all-round American experience in London, the Brooklyn Bowl is where you’ll definitely find it.

Originally from New York, the Brooklyn Bowl is a bowling alley, music venue, bar and American diner all rolled into one.

As the name suggests, the chain began in the NY borough and now London’s 02 Arena is home to its second venue, with a third due to open in Las Vegas in Spring 2014.

The original opened in 2009 and has hosted performances from Kanye West and Guns’N’Roses, meaning London has some big boots to fill.

Atmosphere 

The all-American atmosphere features disco-balls, 12 lanes, three bars and the New York restaurant Blue Ribbon. The menu has everything you’d expect from the classic diner experience, but Blue Ribbon goes one better; from true American style BBQ wings to Sloppy Joe burgers and Mac and Cheese, what more could you want? Perhaps a Root Beer Float to wash it all down.

The original opened in 2009 and has hosted performances from Kanye West and Guns’N’Roses, meaning London has some big boots to fill.

It is open to families during the day, but after 5pm it’s strictly over-18s, which sets this bowling alley apart from the likes of All Star Lanes. At the weekends it stays open until 2am, so it is the perfect night out if you are looking for an alternative to the London nightclub scene.

There are plenty of options when you’re inside – you can bowl or boogie or chow down – which is why it’s the place to spend your weekends. Although it does have a slight hipster vibe, and drink prices are a little steep for a student’s budget.

Potential

It has huge potential to be a top spot, but there is one downside; the size of the venue invites in large crowds and bookings are not allowed for the bowling, so you may be on the waiting list all night. Don’t knock it until you’ve tried it though –while it may have to catch up on celebrity visits, Burn singer, Ellie Goulding was spotted checking it out on its opening night.

So will it strike the attention of the rest of the ultra-cool kids? Only time will tell if the Brooklyn Bowl is worth the journey to Greenwich, or if it’s better to spare a few pennies and stick to the streets of Shoreditch.

 

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