Brooklyn Bowl, the acclaimed NYC nightlife destination hailed by Rolling Stone as "one of the most incredible places on earth," is set to launch its first UK outpost on 16 Jan at The O2 in London. The 800-capacity concert venue, will feature 12 lanes of bowling - three of which are elevated in a private party area with its own bar - and food by the famed Bromberg Bros. Blue Ribbon Restaurants.
It will celebrate its grand opening weekend with three nights of performances by the Brooklyn Bowl All-star Players - a collective of Brooklyn’s finest funk and soul musicians from Antibalas, Lettuce and Soulive. The London venue will launch with a show-stopping party to coincide with the Brooklyn Nets playing the Atlanta Hawks on January 16th. Offering VIP guests a taste of what happens over in Williamsburg.
"When thinking of another city that's as influential on global culture as New York, there's only one that immediately stands out," said Brooklyn Bowl owner Peter Shapiro, "and that, of course, is London. We're thrilled to be bringing the Bowl's unique and multi-pronged vibe to what really is the most important city in the world."
The venue will mark the first time Blue Ribbon has operated outside of the US, bringing its signature menu including Oyster Po' Bos, Cajun Catfish, French Bread Pizzas, Egg Shooters, and of course their world-renowned Fried Chicken. In addition, the bar will feature beers from the local Meantime Brewing Company.
“The food we cook at the Bowl is all about great times and great tastes. We were able to bring our entire menu from Brooklyn and find local suppliers to source the freshest ingredients,” added Blue Ribbon Co-Owner, and partner in Brooklyn Bowl, Bruce Bromberg.
About Brooklyn Bowl:
Launched in New York in 2009 as a food and live music venue featuring 16 bowling lanes, Brooklyn Bowl NY has hosted a diverse range of acts including Kanye West, Elvis Costello, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, The Gossip, HAIM, Snoop Dogg, Guns’N’Roses, James Murphy, Adele, Paul Simon, Big Boi, Moby, N.E.R.D, Talib Kweli, and Solange. Named Zagat's "Best Music Venue – New York City" for three consecutive years (as well as "Best Bowling Alley" and "Best Brooklyn Venue") and one of the best clubs in America by Rolling Stone, the original Brooklyn Bowl is located in the former Hecla Iron Works (built 1882) in Williamsburg and was the first L.E.E.D. certified bowling alley in the world. Eater described their menu as "epic," while the New Yorker hailed the club's unprecedented combination of top-flight music, beer, bowling, and food as "like nailing a spare on a four-ten split." This spring, Brooklyn Bowl will open a 2,000 capacity venue with 32 lanes and food by Blue Ribbon in the centre of the Las Vegas Strip. It has been named Best Music Venue and Best Bowling Alley in NYC and Best Venue Brooklyn from 2010-2013.
About Blue Ribbon: Bromberg Bros. Blue Ribbon Restaurants was founded in 1992 by brothers Eric and Bruce Bromberg The Bromberg Brothers received their formal training at Paris' famed Cordon Bleu and at fine restaurants in France and New York City before opening the original Blue Ribbon in Manhattan's SoHo neighbourhood in 1992. The Blue Ribbon family of restaurants has since grown to include in Manhattan, Blue Ribbon Sushi, Blue Ribbon Bakery, Blue Ribbon Sushi Bar & Grill, Blue Ribbon Market, Blue Ribbon Downing Street Bar Blue Ribbon Sushi Izakaya, and Blue Ribbon Fried Chicken; in Brooklyn, Blue Ribbon Brooklyn, and Blue Ribbon at Brooklyn Bowl; and in Las Vegas, Blue Ribbon Sushi Bar & Grill Las Vegas in The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas. Blue Ribbon Restaurants and Chefs Eric and Bruce are annually recognised for excellence by many leading culinary institutions and publications including Zagat Survey, the James Beard Foundation, the Michelin Guide, Wine Spectator, Gourmet, Time Out New York, New York Magazine, and Citysearch.com. For more information please visit www.blueribbonrestaurants.com.