Looking for my review of Brooklyn Bowl at the LINQ Las Vegas? Concert venue and bowling alley at Center Strip – nothing else like it in Vegas.
Thrilled that I was able to convince my colleagues to plan an outing somewhere other than a nightclub, I delayed participating in the group messages while they debated the most suitable bowling alley to visit. I was convinced they would settle on a Station Casino, a sort of favorite “locals-only” chain, which usually features after-hours $1 specials. I threw on a pair of jeans and waited for a decision.
My negligence came back to bite me as I saw an address including "Las Vegas Boulevard South" on my phone's notification banner, meaning we were heading to the Strip. In my absence, they opted to go to Brooklyn Bowl Las Vegas at The Linq. I sighed as I thought about what a nightmare the traffic and parking would be at this hour. Our cheap, casual locals’ night was now turning into nightlife in disguise.
After circling around for a few minutes, I gave up on a decent parking spot near The Linq and finally decided I would just walk the distance. By the time I arrived at Brooklyn Bowl, my colleagues were gathered in front. I suppose I was the last to arrive, which ultimately was a relief because I had just missed the crowd from the concert inside.
Upon entering through the double doors, we were greeted by an oversized disco ball illuminating the entire room from floor to ceiling. I heard a funky Prince tune as we proceeded up the escalator and began to second-guess my pessimism—until I glanced at the colorful chalkboard above the hostess podium featuring the pricing.
Brooklyn Bowl allowed up to eight guests per lane, and we ended up spending a couple hundred dollars on two lanes for our group of fourteen. We decided our investment meant we'd stay for a while. Everything is overpriced on the Strip, and I'm not sure why I thought Brooklyn Bowl would be an exception. Apparently, we arrived just late enough to avoid the additional cover charge for the earlier concert.
I liked the spaciousness of the facility. Yet, its vastness also made you realize its emptiness. After the crowds poured out from the concert, my group was quite alone in the bowling alley. The majority of guests occupied one of the bars and the outdoor space. Accustomed to terraces with skyline views, I wasn't too impressed with the sights outside. At least there was an obscured view of the Ferris wheel, and an opportunity for fresh air is always a plus.
I stepped outside in hopes of getting some relief from my rowdy colleagues, and appreciated the diversity and alternativeness of the crowd. Amongst the average Joes, hipsters, preps, and rockers of all ages, I saw the potential of Brooklyn Bowl, especially for newcomers to Las Vegas. I could imagine more of a crowd gathering there in spring and summer, especially out on that terrace, where the hideaway bar would serve as a great perch for people-watching. Besides the holidays, winter is the slowest season in this town. I'd be sure to keep my distance then.
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