The Royal Palms Shuffleboard Club

The Royal Palms Shuffleboard Club

Bar, Social Club, and Cocktail Bar$$$$
Gowanus, Brooklyn, NY, Gowanus
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  • Devin H.
    Devin HealeyJune 19, 2015
    Maybe the greatest bar in the world. Shuffleboard, board games, life size jenga, and awesome drinks. Plus you'll feel like you walked into a Wes Anderson movie.
  • Justin B.
    Justin BretonApril 13, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Skip the wait by making a reservation in advance for a private cabana and court! $$$, but comes with unlimited drinks and really great service. Drinks are strong = Blackout. #nycadventures #brooklyn
  • Colin M. F.
    Colin M. FordMarch 3, 2015
    This bar is my favorite in New York. It can be tough to get a shuffleboard but the staff is always super helpful. Plus, because of a fire marshal rule, it's never crowded even when at capacity.
  • Michael T.
    Michael TyznikOctober 4, 2014
    Super cute place to hang out, with great cocktails. Check out the wallpaper in the bathroom. If you want to play shuffleboard get there early unless you're willing to wait a couple hours.
  • Noah W.
    Noah WeissAugust 24, 2014
    Come for the cocktails -- the bourbon ones especially -- and the throwback DJ and the ginormous space and the board games. Stay, likely for a long 2hr wait, for the shuffleboard.
  • Tim H.
    Tim HettlerJuly 8, 2015
    You may be in for a long wait, but the novelty of shuffleboard is worth it. Grab a beer, a board game (they have Settlers of Catan!), and enjoy the wait in style.
  • IrmaZandl T.
    So much fun. Definitely want to come back here with a group. Bar with tasty cocktails and they serve pizza. But apparently food trucks stop here as well which would be great.
  • Priya S.
    Priya SubramaniamSeptember 27, 2016
    This is one of my favorite places in Brooklyn. It's a bit of a hike, but worth it.Everything about this place is great. Decor, cocktails, overall vibe and the floor shuffleboard is unique and so fun!
  • The New Yorker
    The New YorkerApril 1, 2014
    Cocktails are named for legends of the game—the Earl Ball is made with Old Forester bourbon, fresh pineapple and lemon juice, ginger, and black-pepper syrup, and is as sweet as can be.” Read more
  • Sam B.
    Sam BrownOctober 11, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Bet your friends to a round of Bimini Ring Game (left wall as you enter). Pro tip: don't swing your ring directly towards the hook, throw a touch left/right to swing in an arc for greater success.
  • CITY GRIT
    CITY GRITAugust 9, 2014
    This ain’t your granny’s shuffleboard. Though they do offer bingo on some nights! Grab some cocktails and get after it! Then get after some grub served from a rotating line-up of food trucks!
  • Kien N.
    Kien NguyenAugust 2, 2015
    Shuffleboard, giant jenga, connect four, and bingo revived in the best way possible. Awesome decor, good vibes, friendly hipsters. And don't forget to check out the photo booth in the back!
  • Gluten Free GRL
    Gluten Free GRLJuly 14, 2015
    Really fun space to hang out during a rainy or crazy hot day. At $40 an hour, go with at least a group of 4 to make the activity affordable. Full bar and board games to enjoy as well.
  • Lisa P.
    Lisa ProsserJuly 28, 2017
    Super fun place. Go early to get a spot on the waiting list for a lane, it gets really busy on weekends. But even if you don't shuffle there's plenty of other games to play and great music.
  • Damian B.
    Damian BayonaJune 22, 2015
    Flamingo, Tiki, Florida themed bar with shuffleboard, board games and killer DJs. Good for parties or just a night out with your squad. Plus they put those little umbrellas in your drinks ☺️
  • Gothamist
    GothamistJune 24, 2015
    Step inside this landlocked cruise ship of a bar for a round of shuffleboard. Play a game at one of the 10 shuffleboard courts while sipping tiki cocktails, complete with the requisite tiny umbrellas. Read more
  • Tarah F.
    Tarah FeinbergNovember 22, 2014
    Fun activity for a group. Nice alternative to bowling, etc. Pretty trendy and full of hipsters, though. Get a cabana and the waitresses will take care of you.
  • JP P.
    JP ParkMay 8, 2015
    Great for dates and groups. Great drinks, fun games, and if you want you can get food from a nearby truck, dinosaur bbq, or dessert from ample hills, it's a no lose situation.
  • Umair Z.
    Umair ZiaJanuary 3, 2017
    Great place to bring visiting friends. Just be ready to put up with lots of bros and basics. But great music, cocktails and fun games
  • Craig M.
    Craig MiddletonAugust 20, 2014
    Reminded me of a scene out of The Big Lebowski. Strongly advise to rent a cabana while you wait. $35 all you can drink. Most drinks are 11$ so it's definitely worth it!
  • Hannah B.
    Hannah BozianDecember 26, 2015
    Was here for a friends 25th birthday and it couldn't have been more perfect. There's something for everyone and drinks are inexpensive. Super fun, look forward to coming back!
  • Connie C.
    Connie ChiuJanuary 14
    It is actually quite beautiful here. Lots of different games and places to sit and hang. Music is on point. Great of big groups.
  • Nick A.
    Nick AndlingerJanuary 25, 2016
    This place is awesome. Everything from the beer selection to the awesome service to the food truck was outstanding.
  • Michael J.
    Michael JonesNovember 1, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Weekly cart food, $4 Pacifico and shuffleboard. What's not to like? Brooklyners hangiut for sure, but a lot of fun. Sunday guest vendors and burlesque shows are great :D
  • Scott M.
    Scott MenzerAugust 29, 2014
    I had a lot of fun here! Great activity for a group of friends, work event (which is what we did) or even a date. I'd definitely recommend checking them out.
  • Jeffrey K.
    Jeffrey KaoJune 7, 2017
    Great weekend group hangout spot. So many options afterwards. Ample Hills for Ice Cream, Insa for K-BBQ & Karaoke, or Dinosaur BBQ for American BBQ and live music.
  • Danley H.
    Danley HuJune 4, 2017
    Fun and great for group events. Our waitress was definitely not the friendliest. Also make sure to eat before coming, the only food available is an indoor food truck serving Lebanese food.
  • Dee And Ricky
    Dee And RickyOctober 21, 2015
    Amazing time played shuffle board for the 1st time and made Dee and Ricky LEGO hearts for The Foursquare and the PA Teams.. #Epic! Met lots of amazing people 😊 👌🏿👌🏿
  • Monica D.
    Monica DesaiAugust 27, 2014
    Great double date spot, who knew shuffleboard was so fun? And they have boozy cocktails and games while you wait
  • Sarah S.
    Sarah SpagnoloSeptember 21, 2015
    At this shuffleboard club—a design mix between Florida, Cuba, and Brooklyn—everyone on staff can give you an introductory 2-min lesson. And be sure to check out the bathroom wallpaper!
  • Mikahla V.
    Mikahla VicinoFebruary 17
    Great selection of board games, all free to play while you wait your turn for shuffleboard! Plus, the beach-y atmosphere is perfect for pretending it's summer.
  • Campbell B.
    Campbell BirdAugust 16, 2016
    I dig the aesthetics here but little else. The bar doesn't seem big enough to accommodate the number of people that can fit in here. Also, their music selection is suspect.
  • Tiffany
    TiffanyApril 3, 2016
    Super cute decor! One hour of shuffleboard is $40. There's usually a waiting list for the games so play their other games including wooden jenga while you wait.
  • Kinjil M.
    Kinjil MathurOctober 13, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Everything about this place rocks. The decor, music, speciality drinks, and the game itself. Come with a few friends, leave making a few more. It's that kind of place.
  • Ranu R.
    Ranu RajkarnikarNovember 6, 2014
    Shiny, new and fun! Great cocktails and a laid back vibe. Then again, shuffleboard seems to be for lazy alcoholics (which works fine for me).
  • ✨Kelsey✨
    ✨Kelsey✨January 10, 2016
    Great for groups, parties, special occasions, etc; but the wait time for the shuffleboard court is unreal. Get there early if you actually want to play
  • ºDamian W.
    ºDamian White ºMarch 29, 2014
    Wanna go on a cruise? But can't afford it just yet? Look no further than The Royal Palms! You'll feel like you're whisked away even if for just an evening! #shuffleboard #bingo #flamingos #love
  • stephiedoo
    stephiedooNovember 7, 2014
    Channel the 75yo in you. Play Uno or other games if you get tired of shuffling. Buy a pizza pie to share from the corner pizza stand.
  • Jonathan L.
    Jonathan L.June 26, 2016
    First time player & I had a fun time. Once you have a court, you do not get to play continously. You only get an hour of play and must get another ticket. Sucks, but only fair to everyone.
  • Jenny K.
    Jenny KJuly 31, 2014
    Double check their tournament schedule before heading over! We couldn't get a court, though it was fun to watch the experts and play some giant connect four in a booth.
  • Nate S.
    Nate SaeteMay 8, 2017
    Great for groups! Two bars, a taco truck, lots of room to mingle. It's a no-brainer spot if you need a place for a group of 20+ people.
  • Varun S.
    Varun ShettyApril 20, 2014
    I really want to like this place (spacious, good drinks) but the wait to play is absurd and 95% of the crowd just read the How to be a Hipster Manual.
  • Gabriel H.
    Gabriel HayesAugust 9, 2015
    Awesome cocktails here. Really enjoyed The Earl Ball, The Bunny Hoover Mai Tai and The Shuffleboard Bob.
  • Siobhán
    Siobhán3 weeks ago
    Had a great time for a group outing with the staff friendly and attentive and the space absolutely amazing and on theme.
  • Karen T.
    Karen TruscottJanuary 1, 2016
    Really fun spot. Great craft cocktails! The food "truck" they have inside has AMAZING fries and sliders. The staff is helpful and fun.
  • Cameron G.
    Cameron GidariMay 30, 2016
    Great spot for groups. You can play giant connect four while you wait for a lane to open up.
  • Gabriel H.
    Gabriel HayesAugust 9, 2015
    When waiting for shuffleboard, they have many other awesome games to enjoy. Get a good group together and play Catan, Taboo, Cards Against Humanity or one of the many other games.
  • Meredith B.
    Meredith BlechmanAugust 28, 2015
    Awesome spot for an outing w/ friends.You just need a group of 4 to play. Amazing cocktails, and a rotating food truck serving patrons daily
  • Meaghan S.
    Meaghan SmithMarch 1, 2015
    came for a friend's birthday and had a great time. The food was delicious and the drinks were great. Really fun atmosphere!
  • Nicole R.
    Nicole ReganFebruary 7, 2016
    Such a great place to do something fun with friends. Great drinks, food truck, board games to play if waiting for a court.
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