Walking into the Royal Palms Shuffleboard Club in Gowanus feels like accidentally wandering into a Wes Anderson film. It feels anachronistic—on one hand like going back in time to a 1930s shuffleboard club in Fort Lauderdale but on the other like glimpsing our future selves in retirement with fellow Brooklyn snowbirds. As with a Wes Anderson movie set, the decor is precious and carefully considered: vintage penants adorn one wall, cabanas are spruced up with elegant black and white striped curtains, exuberant pink flamingos line the ladies powder room, and door handles are shaped like palm trees. And much like a Wes Anderson flick, it is a delightful experience!
We came to the Royal Palms Shuffleboard Club after brunch on a Sunday afternoon and found the lanes packed with teams for a league tournament. As avid shuffleboarders battled for glory, we drank $4 beers, played a few rounds of Connect 4, and attempted to divine the rules of the game. When a lane finally opened up, we took up our tangs and slung biscuits* for a full fun hour.
It was such a fun way to spend an afternoon—so fun in fact that I'm tempted to form a team and join the league! Have you ever played shuffleboard? Care to join me?
The Royal Palms Shuffleboard Club is located at 514 Union St, Brooklyn, NY 11215