Considering the large space requirements needed for a bowling alley, it’s surprising how many there are in New York. Midtown has a handful, Chelsea Piers has an alley in its spacious sports complex and even Greenpoint, Brooklyn has two bowling facilities, including my favorite: The Gutter. Not just for bowling, The Gutter also has a full bar—complete with pool table, plus a back room with another bar and a stage for performances. The best part about The Gutter is the design of the space: It looks like a relic from the 70’s with stained glass beer advertisement lamps, wood paneling and antiquated vinyl booths. For more information on bowling, events and the bar, check out thegutterbrooklyn.com.
Photo: Science Police perform in The Gutter's back room.