Enjoy this French game of “boules"

Pétanque is a French game of “boules” (balls), where each player strives to throw metal balls as close as possible to a smaller wooden ball, named the “cochonnet”. Game strategies include “pointing,” when a player throws his ball to have it roll as close to the cochonnet as possible, and “shooting,” when a player aims for the ball of an opponent hoping to move him out of a favorable spot.

Per new social distancing guidelines, guests are required to bring their own equipment. No park equipment will be available to the public.


Open today 11:30am–6:30pm

    Daily 11:30am-6:30pm


Pétanque games are staged on the gravel area near the Sixth Avenue and 42nd Street corner. Tournaments are played on the gravel paths around the Bryant Park lawn.


Needed: A good set (3) of Pétanque balls, a wooden “jack” (target ball), and a rigid playing circle. All equipment necessary is provided at our Pétanque Courts.

Host a Party at Pétanque

Arrange an office tournament for team spirit, or celebrate a birthday party with a French twist. The Pétanque courts are available for party rentals and special events. Instruction and other add-ons can be arranged. It’s a taste of Paris in the park!

Afterward, celebrate with drinks and no-wait entry at Manhattan’s hottest after-work scenes, Bryant Park Café and Fever-Tree Porch.

If you need more information, or have special requests for your party, we are here to help. Email your inquiries to celebrate@urbanmgt.com.