The Royal Palms


When you hear shuffleboard, what do you think? Florida, the elderly, cruise ships. Sure, maybe, but how about an indoor shuffleboard club and bar in Brooklyn? Well, you can find just that at The Royal Palms in Gowanus, Brooklyn. 


This 10 court shuffleboard club is open to walk-ins, and they even host league nights on Mondays and Tuesdays. The club is open and spacious and almost mimics an outdoors shuffleboard court with booths set in the back covered by canopies. They also have a rotating group of some of NYC’s most popular food vendors like Luke’s Lobster and Mexicue. But, in the center-back of the room is where you’ll easily find the bar.


I ordered The Jim Allen (Herradura Silver, Creole Shrub, Fidencio Mezcal, mango nectar, lime juice). This mason jar served cocktail was so delicious. You get the nice smokiness of the mezcal, and then the sweetness of the mango comes right through. 


See you on the courts. 

The Shorts:
Name: The Royal Palms
Location: 514 Union Street, Brooklyn 
The Long and Short: Would I go back? Yes. Anyone want to start a league?
Would I recommend it? For sure, it’s a really great place to hang out for a drink, learn to play shuffleboard (or amp up your game), and grab a bite. 


La Distillerie

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This past weekend, I was in Montreal. During my time there, I went to a few really great spots that I’ll share here. To start, I went to La Distillerie in the Latin Quarter. First off, you’ll be golden if you get there on the earlier side (they open at 4pm), because you’ll quickly see a line start to form outside. Not only because this bar is a staple in the area, and it’s very popular, but because they’re very strict on fire code and capacity caps, only letting in the max capacity. 

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Dimly lit, surrounded by warm wooden fixtures and a large chalkboard well, this bar is super inviting and cozy. The staff is very accommodating and friendly. They’re well known for serving a bulk of their cocktails in Mason Jars (extremely efficient for mixing, shaking and serving…and not to mention fun and cool). Even so, I went for a drink that sounded especially good to me, even though it wasn’t in a jar. I went for the Pistolero, lime, passionfruit puree, tequila blanco, Laphroaig Scotch, orange liqueur, agave nectar. It was incredible. Slightly sweet and with a kick of heat, it was perfectly mixed and served in a chilled glass. 

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Even though my drink didn’t come in a Mason Jar, all of their complimentary snacks do. Gold Fish. Awesome. 

The Shorts:
Name: La Distillerie
Location: 300 Ontario Street East, Montreal
The Long and Short: Would I go back? Next time I’m in Montreal, absolutely!
Would I recommend it? Definitely! They also have two other locations, just in case one is more convenient for you.