Why just sit at a bar when you can enjoy a drink while also playing games? At these three bars based in New York City, you can sip on curated cocktails and play an assortment of games. From foosball and bowling to karaoke and shuffleboard, these three distinct venues offer an array of games to cater to different tastes. Play a few rounds, drink a few rounds and order some food on the side at any of these three venues made for playing and drinking.
The upscale bar, lounge and club in Chelsea has been around since 2000 but recently underwent a $2 million renovation. The venue not only offers a trendy setting for imbibing and enjoying street food with a unique twist—such as Philly cheesesteak arepas and sloppy Joe’s beef taquitos—but also boasts an assortment of games, including bowling, skee-ball and foosball. Grab a drink at one of their bars, including their Be Your Own Bartender option, and partake in the various games or enjoy lounging in the venue. “After some liquid courage, guests leave their inhibitions at the door when they lock eyes on our brand new 20-foot stainless steel and glass slide and slide down into a land like no other filled with a plethora of the coolest games from bowling, ping-pong and pinball machines, to skee-ball, foosball and a karaoke room,” says Aristotle Hatzigeorgiou, owner of The Lure Group and Slate in Chelsea. “When you’re famished from all the fun and games, we have an assortment of curated street food dishes from Chef Darryl Harmon.”
54 West 21st St,
New York, N.Y. 10010
Take a trip down to Florida without even leaving New York City at Brooklyn’s The Royal Palms Shuffleboard Club. As its name suggests, the establishment is all about shuffleboard, featuring a 17,000-square-foot space that is not only home to the hundred year old game but also cocktails. Co-founder Ashley Albert says patrons can enjoy “Florida-inspired cocktails made with fresh juices and handmade syrups” along with rotating indoor food trucks that allow for a variety of food. If shuffleboard isn’t your game, Albert assures there are also oversized, and regular-sized, board games. “The Royal Palms is the world’s first shuffleboard hospitality concept,” adds co-founder Jonathan Schnapp. “Sporting 10 regulation size shuffleboard courts, a full bar, vintage Florida decor and a rotating cast of New York City’s best food trucks that drive directly into the building, a trip to The Royal Palms is like visiting your grandparents in Boca Raton without leaving the sandy shores of the Gowanus Canal.”
514 Union St,
Brooklyn, NY 11215
Williamsburg’s Freehold caters to a variety of crowds: There are multiple bars and dining areas, an outdoor courtyard, spaces set up for working and more. No matter which crowd you’re a part of—the after-hours crowd or those working on an assignment midday—take a break from your plans to play games. The game area is complete with pinball, skee-ball and hoop arcade games, but is also home to weekly trivia and comedy nights. “What sets Freehold apart from other bars is our dedication to programming and our ability to transition from day to tonight without the customer even noticing,” says Lydia Mazzolini, executive marketing director and partner at Freehold in Williamsburg. “From free concerts with globally touring artists, comedy and trivia nights, fashion shows and intimate 4-course CBD dinners by celebrity chefs, there is always something going on at Freehold.”
45 S 3rd St.
Brooklyn, NY 11249