GREENWICH VILLAGE — Plaid pants and popped collars and beer pong, oh my!
Bowlmor Lanes' ironic take on rarified suburban social scenes kicks off Thursday, when the Greenwich Village Country Club opens on University Place, below Union Square.
DNAinfo.com got a sneak preview on Tuesday of the kitsch-adorned, 16,000-square-foot club, which boasts a a nine-hole mini-golf course, shuffleboard and bocce ball courts, beer pong tables and a dance floor.
The club, which is decorated with offbeat photographs and paintings of people playing golf, replaces Carnival, the club that was previously on the 110 University Place building's fifth floor and had circus-themed games, including a dunk tank.
The space has been closed since December 2010, when record snow storms damaged the building's pressurized dome roof.
Bowlmor Lanes founder and CEO Tom Shannon said he wanted the country club to recreate an iconic American experience.
"I like to update classic American pastimes, infiltrate them with style and design, and offer them to New Yorkers in a way they’ve never seen before," he said in a statement.
Spokesman Kyle Hulcher said the club took inspiration from H Street Country Club in southeast Washington D.C., which was also designed by artist Lee Wheeler.
"We wanted to do something retro-inspired but still kind of gritty, but upscale at the same time," Hulcher said.
Painted animal statues made in the 1940s for a New England amusement park dot the mini-golf course of the Greenwich Village Country Club. Nearby, astroturf-covered lounge areas, have bottle service. The club will host grand opening festivities on Thursday after 8:30 p.m.
A menu designed by noted chef David Burke will provide "an upscale take on classic American food," with tater tots, chicken wings, nachos and mini "handwiches."
The club also has a liquor license and has a drinks menu and has a "hipster" friendly beer can lineup — "we're just missing PBR (Pabst Blue Ribbon)" — as well as bottle service.
A dance club area secluded in a "clubhouse" will play house music and Top 40.
The club is open to people age 18 and up Mondays from 6:30 p.m. to 2 a.m., age 21 and up Thursdays from 6 p.m. to 2 a.m., and age 21 and up Fridays from 6 p.m. to 3:30 a.m.
On Saturdays from 12 noon to 8 p.m., it's open to all ages, but customers have to be 21 or older to enter from 8 p.m. to 3:30 a.m. Saturday.
Sundays the club is open from 1 p.m. to 10 p.m., and is open to all ages.