NYC’s Best Bar: Royal Palms Shuffleboard Club?

Royal Palms Shuffleboard Club
This is Will, and he’ll both serve you drinks and school you on shuffleboard.
Credit: T. Michelle Murphy, Metro

As Metro’s spirits editor, T. Michelle Murphy hits a lot of bars. In this new column, in various states of sobriety, she offers her take on New York City’s finest — and foulest — alcohol-proffering establishments.

Royal Palms Shuffleboard Club

514 Union St., Brooklyn
www.royalpalmsshuffle.com

SYNOPSIS
Every bar should have shuffleboard, or at least something competitive that lets you shit-talk your closest friends.

Neighborhood: Gowanus, Brooklyn

Ambience: (Wednesday, 7 p.m.) Unironic aging hipster hangout meets union hall — where the line blurs between funemployed and retirement. The women’s bathroom has amazing flamingo wallpaper, but if you hang out in there too long touching it people are gonna look at you funny (or so we heard, from a friend).

Bartenders: Will served us our drinks, courtside. He also took the time to teach us how to play with our tangs and biscuits, which sounds way filthier right now than it did then.

Cocktails: We were at an event sponsored by Brugal Extra Dry, and we stuck to either classic daiquiris (pictured above) or a specially curated drink called The Royal Palms Shuffle (get the recipe).

Food: We lucked into Big D’s Grub Truck; check the website for who’s rolling up each night. Dumplings were flavorful but doughy, with sandwiches coming through as the best value. Vegetarian options are available off-menu. We recommend the yucca fries with extra “special sauce” ($4).

Price: ($) Full disclosure: Our drinks were free thanks to the cocktail event we were attending — but, of course, food truck prices cannot be beat. Shuffleboard is $40 per hour, which is so-so for two people goofing around but reasonable for a group of four buckling down for some serious biscuit-tossing (shuffleboard slang that we just made up — no relation to its cookie counterpart, unless you have too many daiquiris).

Specials: Drink specials are available on “league nights,” when all 10 courts are reserved (Monday and Thursday, 7 to 10:30). There’s drag queen bingo Wednesdays, and that’s pretty special, too.

Drunkenness: (+++++) One of those nights you snooze on the train. Maybe all of that intense shuffleboard action wore us out, though, let’s go with that.

Best bar in NYC for … a glimpse at your future in South Florida.

Royal Palms Shuffleboard Club
It’s also known as the RO@AL PAL@S bar, OK?
Credit: T. Michelle Murphy, Metro

To suggest a contender for NYC’s best bar, tweet T. Michelle Murphy: @TMichelleMurphy.



News
Entertainment
Sports
Lifestyle
National

Mutant worms stay sober, even on alcohol

U.S. researchers have developed "mutant worms" that do not get drunk by alcohol, a breakthrough that could lead to new treatment for people trying to quit drinking

Local

K-9 nose helps capture $150K in cocaine at…

A furry, four-legged security agent helped authorities stop an illegal cocaine shipment from sneaking past JFK customs.

National

Minnesota man asked to leave Southwest flight after…

A man and his two sons were asked to leave a Southwest Airlines flight after the man sent a tweet complaining about being treated rudely by a gate agent.

National

Man sues hospital after surprise penis amputation

An Alabama man who went in to a hospital last month for a circumcision awoke after surgery to find his penis had been amputated, his lawyer said on Thursday.

Movies

Review: Brett Ratner's big 'Hercules' movie is small…

The latest "Hercules," starring Dwayne Johnson as the half-god beefcake of Greek myth, strips its hero and tale of most of its fantastical elements.

Arts

Scientists recreate world's smallest Monet copy

Scientists have reproduced a famous Impressionist painting using nano-printing, to create what has been described as the world's smallest work of art. Reworked at the…

Television

Jerry Seinfeld is ambidextrous, and other Reddit AMA…

See some of the weirder highlights of Jerry Seinfeld's recent Reddit AMA.

Going Out

Grab a pedestrian and start dancing at What…

As a New Yorker, I’ve mastered the art of focusing my gaze straight ahead. Though it occasionally piques my interest, the absurdities that play out…

NFL

2014 NFL Fantasy Football Top 100 overall player…

2014 NFL Fantasy Football Top 100 overall player rankings

U.S. Soccer

NYCFC announce signing of Frank Lampard

The tease of a big signing Thursday by new MLS side NYCFC ended up being one rumored for weeks. England midfielder Frank Lampard agreed to…

NBA

NBA great LeBron James sends 800 cupcake apologies…

By Kim PalmerCLEVELAND (Reuters) - NBA star LeBron James, whose recent return to the Cleveland Cavaliers in his home state of Ohio sparked a frenzy…

NFL

Jerry Reese confident with Giants, skipping countdown clocks…

Last year, Giants GM Jerry Reese installed a countdown clock in the locker room to inspire Big Blue to play in their own stadium for Super Bowl XLVIII.

Tech

Forget Wi-Fi: Li-Fi could be the future

Li-Fi technology – developed by Mexican company Sisoft – is wireless internet connectivity using specialized LED light.

Tech

Weather app Climendo might be the most accurate…

The wait for a truly accurate weather forecast could finally be over thanks to a nifty new app called Climendo.

Tech

Napkin Table puts focus off the phone and…

Michael Jan, a design student at Tunghai University in Taiwan, has invented a serviette-picnic blanket hybrid called the Napkin Table.

Style

Essie's new Color Boutique

Essie launches high-tech kiosks at major airports and malls across the country.