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The Royal Palms Shuffleboard Club
Mon-Wed, 6pm-midnight; Thu-Fri, 6pm-2am; Sat, 2pm-2am; Sun, 2pm-midnight
Nearby Subway Stops
R at Union St.
Cocktails, $9-$11; Court rate $40/hr
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It was during a visit to Florida, of course, that longtime friends Jonathan Schnapp and Ashley Albert got the idea for Royal Palms Shuffleboard Club. The duo was at a shuffleboard night with a punk band, a food court, and twentysomething players instead of retirees. "I thought, This is the coolest place in the world," Schnapp says. "Brooklyn would fucking flip for this."
The result is a glorious culmination of kitsch: a stage for yacht-rock bands, mason-jar cocktails, vintage pennants from tourist attractions in Florida, and flamingo wallpaper in the bathroom. Food comes courtesy of a rotating roster of food trucks including Luke's Lobster and Morris Grilled Cheese, parked in a bay attached to the space. And house cocktails skew — what else? — Floridian, running $9 to $11 with names nodding to the sport, such as the "Shuffleboard Bob" a mix of gin, coconut water, lime juice, and cucumber syrup. "It was important to us to have the feeling of Florida," Albert says, "but to keep a reality check that we are in a giant warehouse in Brooklyn."Featured In: