The bowling alley still lodged in your childhood memories has probably changed a bit over the years, if it even exists at all. Though bowling is still one of America’s favorite non-sport sports, alleys have gotten swankier over the years, doubling as lounges and nightclubs for partiers who prefer to pair their fancy drinking with some sort of athletic activity. Unfortunately, some classic lanes have also been forced to close—longstanding alley Bowlmor Lanes abandoned its University Place spot in July, for instance, and Brooklyn favorite Maple Lanes closed last year. Luckily, there are still a few great alleys left, including old school offerings and newer, shinier installations. Here are our favorites; we know you’ll leave yours in the comments.
It’s February, and if cabin fever hasn’t set in by now, you’re probably reading this from a warmer climate.
The problem with winter in the Northeast for many — at least if you prefer any outdoor sport but skiing — is that the bats, balls, rackets, clubs and cleats most likely remain in the closet. But if you’re itchin’ for some exercise and fun with your family, you should try open bowling.
A bumper system allows adults, kids and double-digit bowlers to all play on the same lane. We like the in-house pizzeria (owned by Gennaro’s), the on-site pro shop, the High Roller Lounge’s pool tables and darts, and the 100-ounce beer tube for $22.
Deals: The $50 Fun Pack includes shoe rental, an hour and a half of bowling, a whole pizza and a pitcher of soda for up to four people.