About a century ago, big bands filled out the stage at Mahall's, a thriving local business that anchored the east side of Madison Avenue. Once the dance hall was converted into space for 10 more bowling lanes, it might have been difficult to imagine Mahall's returning to status as the place for live music in Lakewood. Hell, just a few years ago that might have been a stretch. But the people behind the ascendant Mahall's resurgence on Madison have the important things in mind: great music, great drinks, great food, great bowling (of course) and, once again for posterity, great music.
It's a hell of an odd floor plan once you're inside. Hang a right and duck into the main bar, where bowling pin racks hang from the ceiling and cast rays of light toward the scene below. The booze flows freely here. (It's summer; we recommend a go at the kale margarita, just for kicks. And, yes, it's delicious.) Mason jars stand at attention behind the bar, awaiting any number of possible adventures in mixology. And nearby, there's the counter from whence unbelievably tantalizing meals are served. Order up! Watch out for guest chefs, as well. Those nights are always a good time.
But back in the main lobby, a quick left turn will send you into the venue's music hall. Check the schedule, as weeknights and weekends alike are filled with a diverse roster of indie rock, folk, hip-hop, New Orleans-bred brass and much, much more. Mahall's has fast become an institution - and the ideal spot for catching a good show in Lakewood.
Of course, you can't forget to roll a little bit while you're there. Quick - grab a White Russian, slip into your best bathrobe and hit the lanes.
13200 Madison Ave., mahalls20lanes.com