Decked out in tropical wallpaper and neon lights, this retro hangout is not only home to indoor shuffleboard and bocce courts, there’s also vintage arcade games, a private karaoke room, and a constant rotation of events that ranges from an end of summer blowout to candle making. They also have weekly trivia nights on Wednesdays. Beverages tend to lean toward the tiki persuasion, with a rum-heavy menu of fruity, floral cocktails. At the Snack Shack, food takes on a concessions vibe with playful fare like Totchos — nachos that substitute tater tots for tortilla chips, as well as flatbread pizzas, wraps, and build-your-own hot dogs. And though this food is often meant for carnivores, plenty of items can be veggie-substituted.
Troy — 50 Franklin St, 518.326.1972
Located at Factoria at Charles Point in Peekskill, this brewery doesn’t just whip up stellar beers, it also shares a space with Spins Hudson, one of the most entertaining venues in the Valley. Indoor shuffleboard and bocce courts, plus a sprawling arcade with VR, top industry games, indoor and outdoor aerial ropes courses, and the crowning jewel: laser tag! Let your inner kid roam free, and then bell up to the bar at River Outpost and remember why it’s great to be an adult with brews like Skillbilly IPA and Toad Alley, an extra special bitter English style beer. Food spans a nice variety of snacks like crispy fried fish tacos to salmon Caesar salad to the full-on herb marinated chicken breast paillard.
Peekskill — 5 John Walsh Blvd, 914.788.4555
QB Ball / Photo courtesy of venue
Haven’t heard of QB Ball? You’re missing out, man. Sometimes called “fowling,” QB Ball is a fusion of football and bowling, requiring all of the dexterity to knock down pins but rather than bowling, you toss the ol’ pigskin. Plus, with cornhole leagues and axe throwing, QB Ball is not your typical night out. There is a full-service bar with cocktails and over 35 beers to choose from. Food is brought in from Clemson Bros. Brewery next door. Sandwiches, pizza, and burgers like the Big Bad Wolf — loaded with bacon, a bacon onion jam, Taylor ham, and smoked gouda — keep you fueled up for the next game, with vegetarian options available.
Middletown — 14 Cottage St, Unit 4, 845.467.4074