Sun-Thu, 9am-midnight; Fri-Sat, 9am-3am
D, N, R at 36th St.
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In a perfect world, all proper Get-To-Know-Brooklyn outings would include a Saturday trip to Melody Lanes. It's a timeless relic whose crowds range from young and rowdy to old and surly, with hilariously dated neon decor. The bar complies with all unspoken standards: it's a small room located right inside the venue with easy round-the-corner access to the vending machine and the cheese fry canteen, walled-off to keep the underage at bay and decorated by a large facing mirror, a five-screen sports lineup, and a section of industrial carpet marked by bowling pins and, one assumes, the well-scrubbed remnants of last year's nachos.
Picnics with a view, roller-skating nostalgia, and a party for gay headbangers.