Pétanque!

Posted October 7, 2020

We're not the most athletic folks around, so when we found out that there was a game that you can (and should) play while drinking? We were in.

All in.

The Carreau Club is located in the courtyard of a former warehouse space on the waterfront in the Sunset Park neighborhood of Brooklyn. Along with four pétanque courts, you'll find a kiosk selling beer, wine, cocktails and sandwiches like muffalettas and pan bagnats.

Pétanque is a French lawn bowling game, similar to Italy's bocce. You toss steel balls to get as close to a smaller ball, called a cochonnet, as possible. A carreau is when you knock your opponent's ball closest to the cochonnet and take its place. The team that lands its ball within spitting distance to the cochonnet wins. (Rulers are available to settle disputes!) Pretty simple, with no heavy-duty rules to memorize or follow. In fact, we've played the game and can attest to the fact that pétanque skills increase with the number of rosés quaffed. It's true!

Hours are weekdays from 3-9 p.m. and weekends from noon to 10. The owners are building an interior space that will hold nine courts, a full bar and more varied grub. Prices run $20/hour per court for up to 6 guests with a two-hour minimum. And of course, masks are required and social distancing is strictly enforced.

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