Painted Duck

Top choice bar in Westside

You enter this incredible basement adult playground under a wordless neon green-and-white duck sign and through a graffitied, black-lit hallway that will make you feel like drinking and gaming is an illicit activity. Once inside: jaw drop! Sixteen lanes of chargeable duckpin bowling against a 50ft street-art-mural backdrop of migrating ducks and wildlife.

And the remaining distractions are free: Belgian feather bowling (a sort of curling/bowling hybrid), snookball (a kind of soccer pool), shuffleboard, horseshoes, basketball and more. There is a long and sociable central bar pouring a surprisingly craft lineup of beer and cocktails, and elevated bar food (fried duck-confit nuggets, pulled-pork sandwiches served on Hawaiian rolls) to go with it. There's also a small and seemingly wimpy (by comparison) air-hockey table – ain't nobody got time for that here!


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