The Gutter

The Gutter

Bowling Alley and Bar
Williamsburg, Brooklyn
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  • Anthony I.
    Not family friendly
  • OkCupid Daters' Choice
    The Gutter was voted Best Date Spot for Friendly Competition by OkCupid users in the first-ever Daters' Choice Awards! Tap Read more for additional date spot categories in New York City. #daterschoice Read more
  • ✨Kelsey✨
    Long wait time and cash only for bowling, but the bar takes card and the booze is cheap!
  • Lukas T.
    Lukas ThomsApril 12
    Uh this place is awesome and amazing - the dive bar equivalent to Brooklyn Bowl's glitzy bowling.
  • Ryan A.
    Ryan AmbsApril 10
    Best bowling alley in the city. Could be a 3+ hour wait
  • Andrew C.
    Andrew CJanuary 23
    Great place to see a band.
  • Michael A.
    Michael AnthonyJanuary 16
    Classic Brooklyn atmosphere w good lanes
  • Nitzan B.
    Nitzan BDecember 21, 2016
    Great bowling spot and the bar is really fun too!
  • Zack K.
    Zack KantorNovember 7, 2016
    Wait times for Lanes can be LONG, grab a number and go drink somewhere
  • Kit C.
    Kit CarrauAugust 18, 2016
    Jimmier than Brooklyn Bowl but not so wanky, so much better.
  • Ian M.
    Ian MarshallAugust 11, 2016
    the food options are all chips, but encourage you to byo food
  • Steven L.
    Steven LambiaseJuly 20, 2016
    Been here 10+ times
    cheaper and more brooklyn vibey bowling alley. Grab a pitcher of beer and play some pool while you wait an hour for a lane. Order pizza from BEST PIZZA if you get hungry.
  • Caitlin L.
    Caitlin LJune 23, 2016
    It's a dive bar and a bowling alley!
  • David G.
    David GuerrieriJune 14, 2016
    Get there early to grab a lane! Great beer selections, friendly staff.
  • Zoe D.
    Zoe DunApril 9, 2016
    Fun bowling but pretty grimy dive bar feel
  • Daniel S.
    Daniel ShawJanuary 31, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    Not only is the wait horrendous, but the staff consistent underestimates how long it will be.
  • Emily K.
    Emily KaneDecember 20, 2015
    Hope you're looking forward to waiting! Decent place to get drunk before not bowling.
  • Jason W.
    Jason Walker-YungNovember 5, 2015
    Lane 1 hooks left on its own accord.
  • Alex P.
    Alex PhelanOctober 23, 2015
    This isn't 'nam. There are rules.
  • Claudia F.
    Claudia FilthOctober 20, 2015
    Cheaper solution to Brooklyn Bowl and less of a line.
  • Anna A.
    Anna AbeliansOctober 13, 2015
    Beer. Music.
  • Saarim Z.
    Saarim ZamanSeptember 3, 2015
    Definitely cop a few pitchers before you bowl
  • Emily W.
    Emily WilsonSeptember 3, 2015
    Winning feels so good.
  • Tom
    TomSeptember 1, 2015
    Old school bowling.
  • Spotted by Locals - city guides by locals
    If you go on the early or late side, then you can hit happy hour! Read more
  • Lindsay T.
    Lindsay ToussaintAugust 4, 2015
    This place is rad. Plenty of lanes and a great bar. The stage in the back room has a bar too. And unisex bathrooms deserves an applause. I'll be coming here more often.
  • Liam K.
    Liam K.July 25, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    The Ebola doctor hangs out here!
    Upvoted Oct 7
  • Gothamist
    GothamistJune 24, 2015
    This well-loved bowling establishment boasts 8 lanes adjacent to the bar, so you can booze while waiting for a spot. If you're tired of rolling zeroes, you can try the pool table or pinball. Read more
  • Tom J.
    Tom JosephApril 24, 2015
    Divey bowling bar with a retro feel, good fun
  • Zii H.
    Zii HammadApril 15, 2015
    Huge place with a stage in the back. Good beer, and a great escape from the awful places in the area.
  • Hemera B.
    Hemera BerettaApril 9, 2015
    Old school bowling alley, cool lampshades
  • Jenny S.
    Jenny SorensenApril 8, 2015
    The Gutter is a laidback dive with cheap drinks, torn leather booths, pool tables, a bowling alley and yesterdays newspaper. Read more
  • Daniel S.
    Daniel ShawMarch 29, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Good luck actually getting a chance to bowl.
  • Emily K.
    Emily KolodnerMarch 26, 2015
    go to berry park around the corner while waiting for your lane
  • Lee C.
    Lee CochranMarch 14, 2015
    Dive. Brooklyn. Great for casual good time.
  • Ross V.
    Ross VelazquezMarch 10, 2015
    Been here 100+ times
    Lane 8 will eat your ball. Lane 7 will drop the pins. Lane 6 is just the worst. Lane 5 has a goddamn pole in the way. Lane 4 is perfect in every way. Lanes 1-3 are fine I guess.
  • Brian R.
    Brian RiesMarch 1, 2015
    Order pizza while you wait for a lane and, if you time it right, you can eat and bowl simultaneously.
  • Peter K.
    Peter KellyFebruary 15, 2015
    Takes forever to bowl so make sure you have a thirst for pitchers.
  • Anthony
    AnthonyJanuary 24, 2015
    Bowling alley is small so get there early. Order in from their extensive takeout menu and chill with friends over beer and pool
  • David D.
    David DunhillJanuary 20, 2015
    Be prepared to wait for a lane.
  • Patrick W.
    Patrick WeltyJanuary 11, 2015
    Pitchers of cold beer and bowling. What more does one need in this world?
  • Jeff S.
    Jeff SavageDecember 24, 2014
    Real bowling, good bartenders, no bs 🙌
  • Mike M.
    Mike McBryanDecember 11, 2014
    Be prepared to double your wait time. And don't accept lane 5, broke down 3 times during our 2 hours.
  • Omar S.
    Omar SedenDecember 1, 2014
    Atmosphere is great
  • Mendy S.
    Mendy SeldowitzNovember 26, 2014
    Order food to the gutter.
  • Kelsey
    KelseyNovember 16, 2014
    Cheap bowling and beer you really can't go wrong
  • Brad G.
    Brad GerickOctober 24, 2014
    Don't get Ebowla
  • David S.
    David SobermanOctober 24, 2014
    Try to avoid the Ebola
    Upvoted Oct 7
  • Erik N.
    Erik NordlanderOctober 24, 2014
    Ebola patient bowled here.
    Upvoted Oct 7
  • Margaret S.
    Margaret SuhSeptember 17, 2014
    Bowling is cash only. Beer is not.
  • Trevor H.
    Trevor HullAugust 28, 2014
    Bowling is fun
  • Michael H.
    Michael HamerAugust 24, 2014
    Been here 25+ times
    If you're going to bowl get a pitcher beforehand and keep the game moving.
  • Man_Used👽👾👽
    Man_Used👽👾👽August 9, 2014
    Funky song.
  • Leah M.
    Leah MaloneJuly 22, 2014
    Same owners as Barcade so they know good beer. Plus $2 socks!
  • Mischa A.
    Mischa AbakumovaJune 17, 2014
    Come here to watch the World Cup! It doesn't get as crowded as many other places. Bring a snack!
  • Tatty L.
    Tatty LeeApril 5, 2014
    Don't go there! I planned to have my wedding party there on 04.04.2014 at 5:30pm and the whole party got kicked out by manager because one of our guests had a copy of ID, because she lost the original
  • Chris K.
    Chris KisselFebruary 1, 2014
    Narragansett. Bowling. Glory holes.
  • Village Voice
    Village VoiceJanuary 17, 2014
    Go for the trivia on Monday nights where you can win a chance to bowl for free!
  • Doug W.
    Doug WamplerJanuary 5, 2014
    To walk through the doors is to peel back 40 years and transport yourself to a small town bar/bowling alley.
  • Todd B.
    Todd BradleyDecember 31, 2013
    Very long wait times :(
  • Marisa S.
    Marisa SantilloDecember 31, 2013
    Hour and a half for'll end up waiting for three hours. Boo you whore.
  • Effie P.
    Effie PaulinoDecember 22, 2013
    millsted rules!
  • Jesse L.
    Jesse LashDecember 1, 2013
    If it's busy, assume at least 15 minutes per number on the ticket counter. They'll tell you it'll move faster, just watch...
  • Serious Eats
    Serious EatsNovember 15, 2013
    With 8 full vintage bowling lanes and a separate sit-down bar area with pool and a dozen craft beers on tap, The Gutter is a great destination for an activity-packed night.
  • Vaughn A.
    Vaughn AllenOctober 31, 2013
    Brooklyn Bowl is for dicks
  • Spotted by Locals - city guides by locals
    Not very cheap, but if you go on the early or late side, then you can hit happy hour which gets you $ 1 off beers and 2-for-1 bowling on Fridays from 14:00 – 18:00 and Sunday – Thursday after 01:00. Read more
  • Compass
    CompassJuly 24, 2013
    Live music, DJ nights, and comedy shows fill up the back room of The Gutter, a hybrid bowling alley and bar that's open until 4am every day of the week.
  • Jordan T.
    Jordan TopfApril 27, 2013
    Earlier the better chance of getting a lane, get a bag of pretzels, a Narragansett, kick back. Apparently the vintage looking lanes are from a bowling alley in rural ohio that was shut down in the 70s
  • Shaka Y.
    Shaka YeeloyApril 21, 2013
    Allthe bartenders are kool, great drinks
  • DK F.
    DK FilmiApril 21, 2013
    Just noticed the bowling alley...
  • DK F.
    DK FilmiApril 21, 2013
    Looking for alleged rats running thru bar... Randomly walked in on some amazing music downstairs... Better down here than upatairs.. Pants Exploder... Music to match the name ... Awesome
  • Kyle Dean R.
    Kyle Dean ReinfordApril 6, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    less busy now that brooklyn bowl is around, but this place is better. go early to get a lane though.
  • Zack D.
    Zack DavenportMarch 3, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    If you're trying to bowl on a weekend night, get here early and drink at the bar til it's your turn.
  • Zack D.
    Zack DavenportJanuary 29, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Go here instead of Brooklyn Bowl. Get trashy.
  • Untappd
    UntappdJanuary 16, 2013
    Awesome bowling with great craft beer! $7 per hour, per person - which is a good deal. Get there early, because there are only around 8 lanes!
  • janelle g.
    janelle guntherDecember 14, 2012
    Been here 100+ times
    popular for private parties around the holidays so you might want to call ahead come mid-December
  • lol n.
    lol noMay 26, 2012
    this place sucks
  • Kris A.
    Kris AMay 24, 2012
    Bowling is cash only and they don't take $50s or $100s. The bar takes credit cards.
  • Ray L.
    Ray LinMay 14, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    For the bowling purists out there, go here instead of the trendier Brooklyn Bowl nearby. Grab some friends, a pitcher of Victory Prima, and avoid the lanes with poles.
    Upvoted Sep 16
  • Lena G.
    Lena GriffinApril 28, 2012
    Go sans bowling shoes. Wear heels. This place is so fancy.
  • Eli H.
    Eli HorneMarch 22, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Register for a lane early and then kill time playing pool.
    DANGER TAMFebruary 20, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    now there is a back room for shows. walk to the left like you're going to the bathroom and you'll find an awesome venue with a bar. you'll be thankful you won't have to wait at the other one.
  • Amanda L.
    Amanda LenJanuary 29, 2012
    Make it a potluck!! You can bring/order take out. And then order the amazing beers on Tap
  • Facit T.
    Facit TarinJanuary 25, 2012
    Ask for the band aids
  • Joe I.
    Joe IppolitoJanuary 5, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    It's small and divey and the lanes are a bit slow, but they've got great beer, ample restrooms, a pool table, and bubble hockey!
  • Nick F.
    Nick FodenDecember 17, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Fisherman's Brew and strikes
  • Sam R.
    Sam RosenbergNovember 11, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    More hot sauce.
  • Yolanda Shoshana
    Yolanda ShoshanaOctober 8, 2011
    This place is hot, it's a dive meets bowling. It couldn't be more fun. You bring your own eats, but get your beer and wine at the friendly bar. Cheap and awesome! A great crowd. You will love it!
  • amNewYork
    amNewYorkSeptember 28, 2011
    The owners imported the lanes at this bowling alley bar hybrid from an old-school alley in Burlington, Iowa, to add to the vintage feel.
  • Raman E.
    Raman EdwardsSeptember 17, 2011
    Waaaaay better the Brooklyn bowl!
  • BaxterTheBoss
    BaxterTheBossSeptember 8, 2011
    Cool spot, but manager's rude after our lane broke 4 times she proceeds to tell us there is "nothing wrong" and we have to"press reset" then bowls for the next 10 min to prove her point? Kinda strange
  • Katie S.
    Katie S.September 6, 2011
    Pre-game elsewhere, because the beer prices will give you sticker shock
  • Chris S.
    Chris SnyderAugust 28, 2011
    Beware the nasty finger holes...
  • Jon S.
    Jon SteinbackAugust 6, 2011
    don't try to have fun while bowling. they will ban you.
  • Rob H.
    Rob HugelJuly 24, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    free comedy on first Wednesday of the month! starts at 7! bread and butter!
  • abby
    abbyJuly 18, 2011
    nice vibe for a pitcher and a couple games
  • Vinny M.
    Vinny MartinezJune 19, 2011
    If ya need some scotch tape check out the vending machine!
  • Todd G.
    Todd GallowayJune 13, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Late late bowling & it's cheap. Read more
  • Kathryn M.
    Kathryn McGrathJune 12, 2011
    Watch out for rats. Seriously this place has rodents running through the bar.
  • John H.
    John HarringtonJune 11, 2011
    Been here 100+ times
    Best Bowling in the city... Avoid the B&T at the other Brooklyn Bowl-ing venue.
  • Jacklyn G.
    Jacklyn GironMay 7, 2011
    They opened a live music venue in the back!!!
  • Sam S.
    Sam SaundersApril 17, 2011
    The more dents the ball, the more strikes you get. Also- don't eat with, or lick, the fingers you bowl with. Trust me. The bathroom sinks are the least used in Brooklyn.
  • janelle g.
    janelle guntherApril 16, 2011
    Been here 100+ times
    the bloody marys are even spicier without the liquor
  • Jonathan P.
    Jonathan PercyMarch 14, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    The lanes and balls suck, but man, this is a great place. Make sure to play hockey while you're here!
  • Angie G.
    Angie GannonFebruary 20, 2011
    This place is awesome. Be prepared to wait a while for a lane but that gives you plenty of time to get lubricated beforehand with the cheap pitchers of beer.
  • Sydney M.
    Sydney MatthewsJanuary 17, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Monday night Trivia to win a bar/ bowling tab!!
  • Mary S.
    Mary SomersNovember 21, 2010
    Happy birthday Nitin!!
  • Slice Pizza Blog
    Slice Pizza BlogNovember 10, 2010
    Save beef jerky and candy bars, there is no food at The Gutter. You have to order delivery. From a pizza standpoint, if you're not ordering from Best Pizza or Fornino, you've just rolled a gutterball.
  • Robert S.
    Robert SpychalaOctober 23, 2010
    Alley #5 swallows balls
  • Trev
    TrevSeptember 27, 2010
    $1.00 pool table.
  • daniele w.
    daniele withoneLSeptember 21, 2010
    two for one bowling on fridays 2-6pm
  • Nate S.
    Nate SandfordSeptember 21, 2010
    Been here 50+ times
    Habanero beef jerky
  • @naterkane
    @naterkaneAugust 5, 2010
  • janelle g.
    janelle guntherJuly 21, 2010
    Been here 100+ times
    zagnut available behind the bar, skor bars in the candy machine
  • Sarah L.
    Sarah L🍕July 21, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Better bowling than that other nearby place.. Gutter = Awesome!
  • Elias T.
    Elias TypaldosJuly 16, 2010
    Just having a fantastic time at the gutter bowling. The place is great and are the staff
  • Elias T.
    Elias TypaldosJuly 16, 2010
    Try the 2nd lane
  • Kelly K.
    Kelly KaiJune 17, 2010
    Amazing untill they decide you are too 'wasted' to bowl. Watch out for the girl with the curly fro she will eat you for breakfast.
  • Brandon Z.
    Brandon ZarboJune 5, 2010
    A/C is fantastic here...come here to cool off from all the other swearbox bars...
  • Lauren
    LaurenMay 23, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    I <3 longtime. It's dirty and boozy and awesome. Just know your bowling etiquette, assholes.
  • mike g.
    mike greenApril 24, 2010
    Big up Alexis on Saturdays - and solid beer selection and Dino Jr on...
  • Seth J.
    Seth JosephApril 24, 2010
    That should say "beware of flat tonic."
  • Seth J.
    Seth JosephApril 24, 2010
    Beware if flat tonic! The devils! Otherwise, lots of fun.
  • Manjari S.
    Manjari SharmaApril 22, 2010
    $6 per game before 8 pm. Great Ambience Read more
  • Deborah
    DeborahMarch 28, 2010
    Go to The Gutter and play lane 2
  • Marcus L.
    Marcus LansdellMarch 10, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    Join a league - Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays.
  • Elias T.
    Elias TypaldosFebruary 20, 2010
    Had a great time drinking and bowling at the Gutter Bar in Williamsburg, Brooklyn!!! Read more
  • Larry C.
    Larry ChengOctober 5, 2009
    Go to Gutter and get a lane and several pitchers of beer. Bowl you heart out, bonus points if you come straight from a wedding and are in a suit and tie.
  • Noah K.
    Noah KalinaSeptember 7, 2009
    Been here 5+ times
    knock all the pins down. they call it a strike!
  • Amandalyn F.
    Amandalyn FerriApril 29, 2009
    Been here 10+ times
    Try the bowling. IT IS AWESOME
  • Anna S.
    Anna SchwartzApril 1, 2009
    Hipster bowling.
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