by Joanna Citrinbaum, 01/23/2013
Brewskee-Ball at Full Circle Bar. Courtesy, Brewskee-Ball
It's hard to top the rock 'n' roll atmosphere of Skee-Ball saloons, particularly that of Full Circle Bar. The Williamsburg Skee-Ball mecca boasts a three-lane "stadium" (whose seating and railings are made from recycled games) in the back and one machine in the "bull pen" up front. The entire venue is dedicated to the game and was built to be the home of its first national league: Brewskee-Ball. All of NYC's three-person teams—Buns of Skeel, Rolling Blackouts and Silence of the Lanes, to name a few—play at Full Circle, and the very best rollers from around the country make the pilgrimage to the City each May for the Brewskee-Ball National Championship. This year's event will take place Memorial Day weekend at a location TBA ("to be awesome," we're told). You can Skee for free (and enjoy the gratis hot dogs and jumbo pretzels) at Full Circle on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5pm to close. There are two Skee-Ball machines at the East Village's Crocodile Lounge, and a free individual pizza with the purchase of a drink makes playing here even more appetizing. You can keep the night going at Ace Bar, another East Villager home to two Skee-Ball machines (and dartboards, pinball machines and a pool table, should you need other reasons to go there).