Shuffleboard, Not Just for OP's Anymore | Chicago

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Before anyone gets super offended... the OP's in my life created that nickname for themselves. But yes, OP = Old People. They also have a category reserved for certain friends who are VSOP = Very Super Old People. And yes - these people would be my parents, and their gaggle of weird friends.

But I digress... Shuffleboard, the lawn sport of retirement homes, cruises, and general recreational sport of all things weird from Florida has long had it's place in the world. It's a slow-moving, easy activity for a sunny day with a cup of iced tea - but thank goodness Royal Palms saw it as MORE than just the leisure activity of OP's - and have brought shuffleboard, and all it's kitschy Florida retirement home glory to the main stage, and have made retro cool, yet again. Thanks hipsters!

Right now they have 2 locations, one in Chicago, Wicker Park - and one in New York, Brooklyn. PLEASE for the love of god, bring one to LA. I know you're going to go somewhere hip like Highland Park, but it'd be even more awesome in WeHo. Down the street from me.

Anyways - what's the experience like at Royal Palms? Similar to a bowling alley, you reserve lanes and pay by the hour. Once you've gotten yourself a lane, don't you worry... they send someone right over to you to not only explain all the rules of how to play (that way there's no fighting over how it's done) and obviously stay right there to take your drink order.

The decor really does feel like a chic lido deck of a Miami cruise from the 60s and there's plenty to do while you're waiting. Giant jenga and connect four litter the bar tables. Stacks of board games are available behind the counter. They even have a photo booth complete with silly props for super memorable photos.

I'd highly recommend a visit next time you're in either city... just know that if you're going during a busy time, call ahead and reserve!

Royal Palms Shuffleboard Club | Chicago
1750 N Milwaukee Ave.
Chicago, IL 60647
(773) 486-8682

Royal Palms Shuffleboard Club | Brooklyn
514 Union Street
Brooklyn, NY 11215
(347) 223-4410

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