The Royal Palms Shuffleboard Club

The Royal Palms Shuffleboard Club

Cocktail Bar and Social Club$$$$
Gowanus, Gowanus
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    Devin H.
    "Shuffleboard, board games, life size jenga, and awesome drinks."(59 Tips)
    tiff p.
    "giant shuffleboard and life size jenga!"(7 Tips)
    Gabriel H.
    "Really enjoyed The Earl Ball"(4 Tips)
    Kien N.
    "Awesome decor, good vibes, friendly hipsters."(5 Tips)
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  • Devin H.heart icon on user image
    Devin HealeyJune 19, 2015
    Maybe the greatest bar in the world. Shuffleboard, board games, life size jenga, and awesome drinks. Plus you'll feel like you walked into a Wes Anderson movie.
  • Michael T.
    Michael TyznikOctober 4, 2014
    Super cute place to hang out, with great cocktails. Check out the wallpaper in the bathroom. If you want to play shuffleboard get there early unless you're willing to wait a couple hours.
  • Justin B.heart icon on user image
    Justin BretonApril 13, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Skip the wait by making a reservation in advance for a private cabana and court! $$$, but comes with unlimited drinks and really great service. Drinks are strong = Blackout. #nycadventures #brooklyn
  • Nate S.heart icon on user image
    Nate SDecember 20, 2018
    My go-to spot when I’m planing an event with a large group of people (birthday party, work party). Easy spot to hang out with 20-30 friends. Follow up with Dinosaur BBQ or Ample Hills. Easy peasy.
  • Sam B.heart icon on user image
    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.
  • Noah W.heart icon on user image
    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.
  • Priya S.heart icon on user image
    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!
  • Tarah F.heart icon on user image
    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.
  • Colin M. F.heart icon on user image
    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.
  • Tim H.heart icon on user image
    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.
  • Mikahla V.heart icon on user image
    Mikahla VicinoFebruary 17, 2018
    Been here 5+ times
    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.
  • IrmaZandl Z.heart icon on user image
    IrmaZandl ZandlSlantOctober 19, 2014
    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.
  • Andrew C.heart icon on user image
    Andrew COctober 15, 2018
    Lots of fun with unique cocktails, fun vibes, great music, plenty of board games... but shuffleboard is super long wait as a walk-in, esp on the weekend (waited about 3hr midday Saturday)!!!
  • 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).
  • Kien N.heart icon on user image
    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!
  • Damian B.heart icon on user image
    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 ☺️
  • Connie C.heart icon on user image
    Connie ChiuJanuary 14, 2018
    It is actually quite beautiful here. Lots of different games and places to sit and hang. Music is on point. Great of big groups.
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    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!
  • 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
  • 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
  • Umair Z.heart icon on user image
    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
  • JPheart icon on user image
    JPMay 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.
  • Hannah B.heart icon on user image
    Hannah BDecember 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!
  • Nick A.heart icon on user image
    Nick AndlingerJanuary 25, 2016
    This place is awesome. Everything from the beer selection to the awesome service to the food truck was outstanding.
  • Jeffrey K.heart icon on user image
    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.
  • Michael J.heart icon on user image
    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
  • Danley H.heart icon on user image
    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.
  • Scott M.heart icon on user image
    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.
  • Campbell B.heart icon on user image
    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.
  • 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!
  • Tiffanyheart icon on user image
    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.
  • 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
  • Kelsey✨heart icon on user image
    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
  • Kinjil M.heart icon on user image
    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.
  • Jonathan L.heart icon on user image
    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.
  • 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!
  • Gabriel H.heart icon on user image
    Gabriel HayesAugust 9, 2015
    Awesome cocktails here. Really enjoyed The Earl Ball, The Bunny Hoover Mai Tai and The Shuffleboard Bob.
  • Siobhánheart icon on user image
    SiobhánJune 23, 2018
    Had a great time for a group outing with the staff friendly and attentive and the space absolutely amazing and on theme.
  • Cameron G.heart icon on user image
    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.heart icon on user image
    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.
  • Nate S.heart icon on user image
    Nate SMay 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.
  • Katelyn T.heart icon on user image
    Katelyn TrelaJanuary 13, 2016
    Really fun, but gets crowded very fast. Make sure to get there early to get in a game of shuffleboard without herds of bros everywhere.
  • Karen T.heart icon on user image
    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.
  • 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.
  • Nicole R.heart icon on user image
    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.
  • 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
  • Dee And Rickyheart icon on user image
    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 😊 👌🏿👌🏿
  • Meaghan S.heart icon on user image
    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!
  • AmateurConciergeheart icon on user image
    AmateurConciergeJanuary 18, 2016
    Like an adult playground of drinking and games. Could use a vintage arcade, but the bloody Mary's will keep me coming back.
  • Mike O.heart icon on user image
    Mike O'SullivanFebruary 15, 2015
    Often a wait for a shuffleboard, but grab the large jenga blocks to have some fun during the wait.
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