- Full Circle Bar
318 Grand St., nr. Havemeyer St., Williamsburg; 718-388-7577
Co-owners Evan Tobias and Eric Harris Pavony opened this Williamsburg bar last fall as a shrine—not to handcrafted bitters or another hot trend in the mixological arts, but to Skee-ball. The diversion defines the bar, from the name (a full circle is when a roller puts all nine balls in the 40-point pocket) to scoreboards repurposed as bathroom mirrors, to the backroom Skee-ball “stadium” with three machines flanked by bleachers and a TV tuned to real-time game broadcasts. The drinks menu—heavy on cheap canned brews like Genesee Cream Ale ($3)—suits the retro-ironic spirit of the place. A semi-competitive Brewskee-Ball league competes Sundays, Mondays, and Wednesdays, with champions receiving induction into the Full Circle’s hall of fame.
Best Bar Games
From the 2010 Best of New York issue of New York Magazine
So what exactly does “best” mean in a city with thousands of pizza joints, hundreds of celebrity masseuses, and museum-worthy concept shops on every corner? Well, in the case of this, our annual “Best of New York” roundup, there’s a heavy emphasis on what’s new or what has somehow remained virtually unheard of (until now, of course).