Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Bitches go Bowling!

What's a girl to do when she wants a good, cheap bowling game?

Whether on a date or out with the girls, the Brooklyn Bitches are huuuuge fans of cheap lanes with canned beer, cheesy 90's dance music, and smelly bowling shoes. Let's face it: Manhattan has a serious shortage of dive bowling alleys, and bowling was not meant to be enjoyed while drinking wine and keeping your hair in place.

Our favorite places to get our bowl on:

1. THE GUTTER, 200 N.14th St, Williamsburg, Brooklyn
Owned by one of our favorite people, Pete, The Gutter is a traditional bowling alley that was purchased and re-assembled ("a bowling alley in a box") from a closed-down Chicago hotspot. It's the perfect place to hit for weeknight bowling, with a classic collection of contemporary hits, laid back bartenders, and lanes without a wait longer than ten minutes. One game will only set you back by $6 before 8p, or $7 after 8p. Shoe rentals are $3. If you'd prefer to make it a late-night trip, you can bowl two-for-one Monday through Thursday after 1a. We highly recommend The Gutter.
There's no food on site, but the best Brooklyn restaurants happily make deliveries so your lane should you desire. We are huge fans of the old-school cigarette vending machine, dispensing candy.

2. BIG APPLE BOWLING, 461 37th St, Sunset Park, Brooklyn
$9 pitchers of beer are not the only draw to Big Apple Bowling. On Sundays it's only $6.50, making it a wallet-friendly spot for any Bitch on a Budget. The paint job is circa 1985, the seats are worn and the bartender is willing to dispense friendly life advice. What's not to like? You don't get free socks, so make sure to bring a pair to protect your toes from anything that may be lurking in those stylish-yet-questionable bowling shoes. Fridays are league nights, so plan accordingly and stay out of their way! Plus, we hear they have sparkle bowling balls- a sight that has yet to be seen anywhere else in the 'Burg.

3. SHELL LANES, 1 Bouck Court, Brooklyn
Cosmic bowling brings us ladies back to the days of fourth grade birthday parties and holding hands with the boy who sat in the back of the class. Break out your best ten-year-old ensemble and head to Shell Lanes for bowling unlike the snooty game you'd find at Bowlmor. It hosts both junior and senior leagues every day of the week, with regular bowling rates less than 40% of what you'd find elsewhere. Need to have a birthday party? These guys have great rates for less than $20/child.

4. MAPLE LANES, 1570 60th St, Borough Park
A great place to hang out with your friends when you're in the mood to kick back and have a great evening (or morning, as they open at 8a!). Nothing fancy about this place- most reviews advertise that there is actually oil on the lanes on most nights! Pizza, beer, and soda are all available at the fairly decent food court, but weekends prove that Maple Lanes make the best bowling alley grilled cheese, ever! Sundays offer $20 for unlimited games and 3 straight hours of bowling. Cash only, come prepared.

5. GIL HODGES LANES, 6161 Strickland Lane, Mill Island
Originally known as the first bowling alley in the area to offer glow bowling, Gil Hodges fills the void for that cheap bowling alley of your youth. It still gathers a crowd on the weekends, so come early to ensure getting a lane- although there are 34 lanes available to choose from. Cosmic bowling, my personal fav, is still popular and occurs on Fridays and Saturdays after 11p. Dollar mania, starting at 9p, on Mondays and Wednesdays means all you can bowl for just $1 a game!

I challenge you bowl your best game yet!

1 comment:

  1. I love this retro format - it's as homey and comfy as a bowl of macaroni and cheese.

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