If you don’t know already, Las Vegas Brooklyn Bowl is a new concert venue at the LINQ. The 80,000 square-foot building is one of the largest venues in the United States. The building holds up to 2,000 guests. The Brooklyn Bowl originated from the Williamsburg area in New York five years ago in 2009. The Vegas location is the third and newest venue. According to the LINQ website the original Brooklyn Bowl was an old ironworks foundry building from the early 1800s. Unlike the original BB, the Las Vegas venue is brand new along with all of the other businesses in the LINQ. The walls are covered with old sideshow posters. Guests are greeted by fun-house mirrors and fortune-teller ATM machines upon reaching the top of the escalator. Antique carnival game bowling pins decorate the bars throughout the venue.

Inside the building is comfort food restaurant, the Blue Ribbon Brasserie. The creators of the menu are brothers Bruce and Eric Bromberg from New York. Menu items range form Cajun catfish, collard greens with bacon, read beans and rice, and a Sloppy Joe. The menu mainly focuses on fried chicken dinners where diners can choose between white or dark meat and a variety of sides.

There are five bars throughout the venue. The Blue Ribbon features only a few specialty cocktails including bourbon shake. The bars are full-service and all the beers are on tap.

The 32 bowling lanes have gigantic LED screens above the pins, which play music videos or show the live performances on the screens. If bowlers look behind them they have a slightly elevated view of the live shows.

The performances take place throughout the week, day and night. Upcoming headliners include: The Budos Band, Deer Tick, Chris Robinson Band, Chormeo, Flume, and the Avett Brothers. Tickets typically range for no cover to $50.

The Las Vegas Brooklyn Bowl is a great addition to the Vegas strip. The LINQ offers refuge, however corporate it might feel, for locals who don’t like having to deal with the strip crowd. But entertainment seekers don’t have to walk any further past Brooklyn Bowl to satisfy their amusement needs.