Bocce, Booze and Bands at Union Hall

Bocce, Booze and Bands at Union Hall

Contrary to popular opinion, drinking isn’t a sport. However, plenty of watering holes in NYC pair libations with leisure activities, sports and games. On a recent trip to Park Slope, I visited Union Hall, which gives a major shout out to bocce.

If you’re not familiar with the sport, let me fill you in: to us Yanks, this historic European sport is, in a nutshell, most comparable to bowling—where you roll a bocce ball down a long lane, making sure it stays within certain boundaries.

This game can be played with one opponent or on teams, and it seems like everyone in Union Hall opted for the latter when I visited on a Friday night in late December.

The huge venue is reminiscent of a stately study, with leather armchairs and large bookcases teeming with leather-backed titles. The center of the space has a large bocce court, where I happened to see several eager 20somethings playing rounds of the ancient sport. Even if you aren’t playing, it’s pretty easy to get drawn into the game as the crowd cheers around you.  

If you’re not into booze and bocce, you can head downstairs to check out one of the band’s that plays at the venue. Often tickets are free or very reasonably priced. To see who will grace the stage next, click here.

Whether you want a typical bar experience with a stiff drink and a few bar bites—the venue’s menu includes small plates, burgers and sandwiches—or want to step up your weekend game and actually play a game, this BK bar offers something for everyone. For more information, click here.


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