Answers to some of the most commonly asked questions about barefoot bowling functions at the Brunswick Bowling Club.
Can I BYO drinks and/or food?
No. Brunswick Bowling Club is a fully licensed venue, therefore outside beverages, including non-alcoholic beverages, are strictly prohibited. Our bar stocks a huge range of beers, non-alcoholic drinks and spirits at very reasonable prices. Any liquids brought into the venue will be taken by our staff and will be put behind the bar for collection upon exit. Unfortunately, we do not allow external catering. A great range of catering options including Canapes, Sharing Platters and BBQ Packs.
Parking & transport
Brunswick Bowling Club is located at 104-106 Victoria Street, Brunswick East, just a short walk from Lygon Street and Nicholson Street, and tram routes 1 and 6. Our main entrance is located on Victoria Street and entry is also available via the carpark on Cross Street. The carpark accommodates approximately 30 cars and street parking is available on Cross Street, Albert Street and Victoria Street (please be sure to check parking signs as timed parking limits are enforced).
What if we've never bowled?
No worries at all. Once all of your guests have arrived, a member of our staff will provide your group with a rundown of the game and a quick tutorial.
Do we have to bowl barefoot?
Barefoot bowling is preferred but socks, thongs or flat, soft soled shoes are also acceptable. No type of heels, wedges or spikes are allowed.
What if it rains?
We do not accept cancellations due to predicted weather forecasts. If on the day of your booking, weather restricts your group from being able to bowl, your booking may either be scheduled to another date of your choice or 75% of the total bowls costs can be transferred to a bar tab.
What happens if I need to cancel?
November/December/January Bookings: If you cancel more than 28 days prior to the date of your event, you can opt to transfer your booking to another date (pending availability), or have the deposit amount refunded back to you, minus a $50 administration fee. Cancellations made within 28 days of your booking date cannot be refunded but we are more than happy to re-schedule your booking to another date, pending availability. Re-scheduling and/or cancellation of booking requesting a refund of the deposit paid, is at the discretion of the Club Manager. Catering cancellation and refunds require a minimum of 10 days notice.
Can I bring the kids and dog?
Children are always welcome at Brunswick Bowling Club, but please be aware that the greens are not playgrounds or parks, and children must be supervised at all times. If they want to get in on the fun we also have some sets of smaller bowls for smaller hands and sponge bowls available for tiny tots. Well behaved pets are allowed in outside areas of the club provided they are kept on a leash. We do not allow pets inside the club house or on the bowling green.
Can I play my own music?
No. Portable speakers, sound equipment/devices and instruments are not permitted in outdoor areas or inside the club unless previously authorised by management.
How do I know my booking is locked in?
To secure your booking, a 50% deposit is required. If you have made an enquiry but have not paid a deposit, please contact the club as the date/time may go to other interested parties. For events with catering, final numbers and payment must be made no later than 7 days before your event. Any remaining bowls and catering fees owing on the day of your booking must be paid, in full, on arrival.
Is the club wheelchair accessible?
Our venue is fully wheelchair accessible, including on the green.
Is smoking permitted on the premises?
Yes. There are designated smoking areas available. Please refer to the signage at the club.
Can we set up a bar tab?
A bar tab may be operated and charged on consumption with your choice of beverages. Upon arrival guests will be issued with wristbands which will provide them access to the tab. Should your guests wish to consume beverages not included in the tab selection, they will be available for them to purchase at regular bar prices. A valid credit card is required to open a tab. All tabs must be paid in full at the conclusion of your function/booking.