If you’re going to open a bowling alley in this day and age, you better have a few tricks up your sleeve. Don’t get me wrong, I think bowling is awesome. But it’s not necessarily always thought of as the coolest activity…until now.

Brooklyn Bowl Las Vegas—which celebrated its one-year anniversary March 7—has reinvented the idea of going bowling. Alongside its 32 bowling lanes, Brooklyn Bowl has five bars, an award-winning menu by Bruce and Eric Bromberg’s Blue Ribbon Restaurants and an incredible lineup of live music acts. Brooklyn Bowl has broken the idea of the stodgy bowling alley outing.

In its first 12 months, Brooklyn Bowl Las Vegas has accumulated some impressive accolades, including:
— Best Live Music Venues in Las Vegas, No. 1 – Travel + Leisure
— Top 10 New Restaurants 2014 – Las Vegas Review-Journal
— Reader’s Choice Best Live Music Venue, Best Concert Calendar, Best New Music Venue and Best Potato Kinish – Las Vegas Weekly
— Best New Venue, Best Ventilation – Vegas Seven
— Best Happy Hour and Best Music Venue – Desert Companion

Musically Inclined

During its first year, the state-of-the-art,  interactive audio-visual entertainment experience offered by Brooklyn Bowl has hosted nearly 300 live shows  with such artists as John Legend, OneRepublic, Elvis Costello, The Roots, Jane’s Addiction, Phil Lesh & Friends, Toad the Wet Sprocket, Primus, O.A.R., Smashing Pumpkins, Los Lobos, Steve Winwood, Wu-Tang Clan, Jack White, and The String Cheese Incident.

Tasty Treats

Brooklyn Bowl’s restaurant, helmed by Chef Dermot Driscoll and featuring Blue Ribbon Restaurants’ menu, consistently receives raves. Signature dishes include its world-renowned fried chicken, served with white bread and honey; egg shooters with pickled peppers and olive oil mayo; a variety of French bread pizzas, including The Theresa, with butternut squash, mushrooms and roasted garlic; The Bowl Burger Deluxe with all of the fixin’s and fries; and Mac & Cheese with baked crumbs. Brooklyn Bowl’s menu is complemented by craft beers and house cocktails, such as the Drunken Palmer—combining Seagram’s Sweet Tea Vodka and lemonade— and Rum Punch—a blend of Bacardi Superior, Gosling’s Rum and juice.

Fried Chicken Martinis?

Brooklyn Bowl’s famous fried chicken inspired Driscoll to create the Fried Chicken Martini in honor of the first anniversary. This wild libation incorporates Tito’s Handmade Vodka, which was infused with fried chicken for two weeks. The fried chicken vodka is then poured into a glass dipped in a touch of honey imported directly from the Mexican honey farm belonging to Blue Ribbon Restaurants founder Bruce Bromberg. The honeyed rim is then dipped in the restaurant’s signature fried chicken seasoning and garnished with a boneless piece of fried chicken skewered with a sprig of rosemary. Executive Chef Dermot Driscoll’s inventive creation will be available for a limited time.

More Fun Facts

In its first year, Brooklyn Bowl’s numbers included:

– Total guests served: 600,000
– Hosted shows and events: 325
– Pounds of served chicken: 60,000
– Pounds of French fries served: 30,000
– Number of beers sold: 260,000

Brooklyn Bowl Las Vegas serves its full menu in the restaurant and at the lanes every day starting at 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, and noon on Saturday and Sunday, when a brunch menu is also available.

For more information, check out Brooklyn Bowl at vegas.brooklynbowl.com/