New Charlestown Entertainment Venue Urban Wild Has a Little Bit of Everything, Plus Giant Cocktails

Head down the rabbit hole at this wonderland of bowling, live music, bocce, comfort food, and more.

A bright red cooler that says Urban Wild is full of a drink topped with watermelon and lemon slices and colorful bendy straws.

Urban Wild’s Afternoon Delight cocktail is one of a couple large-format options, served in a cooler and meant for four to six people. / Photo by Elisabeth Hadjis

A large-format cocktail served in a cooler and topped with colorful bendy straws and a rainbow lollipop might just be the least surprising thing about Charlestown’s newest entertainment destination, Urban Wild. It’s a restaurant, beer garden, bowling alley, music venue, and outdoor game space all in one—and alongside its multifaceted options for having fun, the venue offers a full-service selection of elevated bar food and extravagant drinks. It’s from the team behind Tradesman, a meticulously designed local group of coffee shops and lounges with a downtown location known for decadent croissants. Tradesman’s Charlestown location is at Hood Park, which is also Urban Wild’s home.

Framed Queen of Hearts-themed art is hung on the mural-covered wall of a tunnel-like entrance to an entertainment venue. The mural includes an astronaut DJ.

Urban Wild’s tunnel-like entryway features a mural by artist Brian Wentworth./ Photo by Elisabeth Hadjis

Entering Urban Wild through an Alice-in-Wonderland-inspired tunnel, it’s clear you’re in for an experience. On the bowling front, there are high-tech lanes, rental shoes designed by local streetwear company Concepts, and luxurious club-style seating. Settle in for a few frames while sipping an espresso martini—made with Tradesman coffee, of course—and snacking on playful plates like a spicy Nashville chicken sandwich or brewhouse-style jumbo pretzel. Or head over to the casual indoor-outdoor area for lawn games like bocce, shuffleboard, and—here’s more of that Wonderland inspiration—croquet. (Is 2023 the year of Alice in Wonderland nightlife?) Even the bar seating provides extra fun with Mario Kart available to play on the main television.

Dimly lit bowling lanes with colorful balls and signs reading Urban Wild.

Bowling lanes at Urban Wild. / Photo by Elisabeth Hadjis

A large mural on a restaurant wall depicts a bear in a hat and a t-shirt that says urban wild, sitting in front of a colorful forest.

Some of artist Brian Wentworth’s work at Urban Wild. / Photo by Elisabeth Hadjis

There’s also live music coming soon, planned for every Friday through Sunday. “We wanted [Urban Wild] to be something you can come back to every night and do something different,” says Katie Lofstrom, events and marketing manager for the venue. “You could finish bowling, go to another one of the areas, and have a whole night—you can’t get bored easily.”

A very large pretzel hangs on a metal hook over two small metal cups of dipping sauces on a restaurant patio.

Urban Wild’s jumbo pretzel is served with queso and honey mustard sauce. / Photo by Elisabeth Hadjis

Overhead view of a table full of bar snacks, including a thin-crust pizza, chips and dip, and more.

Urban Wild’s pepperoni mini flatbread, poke nachos, popcorn chicken with sweet chili pineapple sauce, and elote dip with tortilla chips. / Photo by Elisabeth Hadjis

While the various forms of entertainment take center stage, there’s plenty of fun in the food menu, too. House-made tortilla chips (covered with lime juice and sprinkled with Tajín) pair well with the corn elote dip, while the crispy pepperoni flatbread will satisfy the pickiest of eaters. “Condiment queens,” as Lofstrom describes the chaotic dippers among us, will want to dive into Urban Wild’s extensive sauce options—lime crema; pickle-juice burger sauce; a honey mustard, barbecue, and ranch blend called U Wild; and more—to level up any of the comfort food selections. And save room for dessert—namely the Instagram-friendly Queen’s Cake, a double-layer, birthday-cake-sized treat.

“We want it to be the same thing for the restaurant menu as it is for the venue,” Lofstrom says. “There’s a little bit everything and something for everyone.”

A hand holds up a plate in front of a greenery-covered wall. On the plate is a spicy, crispy fried chicken sandwich with a side of waffle fries.

Urban Wild’s Nashville sandwich and waffle fries. / Photo by Elisabeth Hadjis

A two layer cake is covered with chocolate ganache, whipped cream, and a queen of hearts playing card, all served on a black and white checkered platter.

Queen’s Cake at Urban Wild. / Photo by Elisabeth Hadjis

Urban Wild welcomes all ages until 7 p.m., switching to 21+ for the rest of the night. Watch for the launch of country-music-themed brunch service and a stacked live music schedule this fall.

A mural of a rabbit wearing goggles in front of a van is labeled Urban Wild.

Some of artist Brian Wentworth’s work at Urban Wild. / Photo by Elisabeth Hadjis

100 Hood Park Dr., Charlestown, Boston,

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