The Gutter

The Gutter

Bowling Alley and Bar
Williamsburg, Brooklyn
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    Has a stamp of approval from Village Voice and Gothamist
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    Emily K.
    "go to berry park around the corner while waiting for your lane"(33 Tips)
    John H.
    "other Brooklyn Bowl-ing venue."(9 Tips)
    Erik N.
    "Ebola patient bowled here."(3 Tips)
    Joe I.
    "... ample restrooms, a pool table, and bubble hockey!"(6 Tips)
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  • 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.
    Upvoted Mar 2
  • 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
  • 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.
    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.
  • 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!
  • Lianyheart icon on user image
    LianyDecember 9, 2018
    Cheap booze and great vibes. Lanes are cash only, and wait time can be long Friday nights/weekends but you can kill time hearing live music in the back. Bathrooms are pretty rad.
  • L. T.heart icon on user image
    L. T.August 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.
  • Steven L.heart icon on user image
    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.
  • 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
  • Anthonyheart icon on user image
    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
  • 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
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • Hannah W.heart icon on user image
    Hannah WarrenDecember 6, 2018
    No-frills (they only accept cash for bowling) but the lanes are nice and we had a great time for a group outing.
  • Ryan E.heart icon on user image
    Ryan EickDecember 22, 2017
    A great bowling alley. But it can be a bit of a pain to get a game of bowling in on the weekend nights
  • David G.heart icon on user image
    David GuerrieriJune 14, 2016
    Get there early to grab a lane! Great beer selections, friendly staff.
  • Zii H.heart icon on user image
    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.
  • Jenny S.heart icon on user image
    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
  • Mischa A.heart icon on user image
    Mischa AbakumovaJune 17, 2014
    Come here to watch the World Cup! It doesn't get as crowded as many other places. Bring a snack!
  • Kelsey✨heart icon on user image
    Kelsey✨July 8, 2017
    Been here 5+ times
    Long wait time and cash only for bowling, but the bar takes card and the booze is cheap!
  • Ross V.heart icon on user image
    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.
  • 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
  • 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!
  • 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
  • Spotted by Locals - city guides by locals
    If you go on the early or late side, then you can hit happy hour! Read more
  • 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.
  • Doug W.heart icon on user image
    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.
  • Kelseyheart icon on user image
    KelseyNovember 16, 2014
    Cheap bowling and beer you really can't go wrong
  • 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.
  • Brian R.heart icon on user image
    Brian RiesMarch 1, 2015
    Order pizza while you wait for a lane and, if you time it right, you can eat and bowl simultaneously.
  • Lukas T.heart icon on user image
    Lukas ThomsApril 12, 2017
    Uh this place is awesome and amazing - the dive bar equivalent to Brooklyn Bowl's glitzy bowling.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Patrick W.heart icon on user image
    Patrick WeltyJanuary 11, 2015
    Pitchers of cold beer and bowling. What more does one need in this world?
  • 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.
  • Nitzan B.heart icon on user image
    Nitzan BDecember 21, 2016
    Great bowling spot and the bar is really fun too!
  • 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...
  • Zack D.heart icon on user image
    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.
  • Michael A.heart icon on user image
    Michael AnthonyFebruary 4, 2019
    Fun spot. Super long wait for bowling though.
  • Liam K.heart icon on user image
    Liam K.July 25, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    The Ebola doctor hangs out here!
  • Leah M.
    Leah MaloneJuly 22, 2014
    Same owners as Barcade so they know good beer. Plus $2 socks!
  • Michael A.heart icon on user image
    Michael AnthonyJanuary 16, 2017
    Classic Brooklyn atmosphere w good lanes
  • janelle g.heart icon on user image
    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
  • Jeff S.heart icon on user image
    Jeff SavageDecember 24, 2014
    Real bowling, good bartenders, no bs 🙌
  • ᴡ R.
    ᴡ 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.
  • Village Voice
    Village VoiceJanuary 17, 2014
    Go for the trivia on Monday nights where you can win a chance to bowl for free!
  • Taylor M.heart icon on user image
    Taylor MarshFebruary 16, 2020
    Been here 5+ times
    bowling, pool table, draft beer, chips, jerky
  • Tom J.heart icon on user image
    Tom JosephApril 24, 2015
    Divey bowling bar with a retro feel, good fun
  • Amanda L.
    Amanda LenJanuary 29, 2012
    Make it a potluck!! You can bring/order take out. And then order the amazing beers on Tap
  • Daniel S.heart icon on user image
    Daniel ShawJanuary 31, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    Not only is the wait horrendous, but the staff consistent underestimates how long it will be.
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