Northcross Lanes at the Lake facilitates friendly competition for families, groups, and individuals with 40 bowling lanes, a laser-tag dome arena, and a full video arcade. Bright lights ricochet from skee-ball and air-hockey games, where players compete for tickets they can redeem for prizes at the game counter. Birthday party packages include food from the onsite kitchen, which serves cheeseburgers, hot sandwiches, and made-from-scratch pizzas. The 41st Lane Lounge hosts several pool tables along with regular karaoke and occasional sets from live bands.
Hard plastic chairs scattered around a table. Hot dogs rolling slowly on a warming belt. Charred ashtrays sitting forlornly on Formica counters. All are common sights at a lot of bowling alleys.
But not at StrikeCity, a spot billed as "a 21st century multimedia, bowling, dining, and private-event facility." And there is, in fact, plenty to do here besides bowl. There are 75 HD video screens installed throughout three bars, each loaded with countless sports subscriptions?and any game you can't watch can still be followed on the massive ticker running near the ceiling. Some of those TVs also perch above the row of 18 lanes outfitted with digital scoring systems and colorful lighting. Pops of color appear elsewhere, thanks to the Andy Warhol-style prints of Marilyn Monroe and the bright red necklaces every bowling pin wears for good luck.
At George Pappas' Victory Lanes, there are plenty of opportunities for people of all ages and experience levels to take a lane, from morning coffee-and-donut get-togethers for seniors to evening leagues for youths and adults. Reservations are available for birthday and corporate parties. Although bowling takes top billing, customers can check out billiards, the arcade, and The Finish Line restaurant, a full-service eatery with an extensive menu of breakfast, salads, pizza, dinner entrees, and cups of warm milk that will make your bowling pins so tired they'll fall over on their own.
Triad Lanes offers bowlers of all levels recreational and competitive atmospheres. Beyond the well-oiled boards and gutters, it features onsite amenities, as well as youth bowling, indoor bumper cars, and birthday parties. In addition to open hours, the alley hosts special events, such as the Lightning Strikes Light Show, each Friday and Saturday at 9 p.m.
There are few sounds more distinct than that of a bowling ball smacking into a pack of pins. That sound surely triggers a set of childhood memories, tossing balls down the lane while willing them to steer clear of the gutter with your mind. Pla Mor Lanes invites guests to relive old memories and create new ones on their 24 bowling lanes. Kids can cheer on one another during parties, while the older crowd hits the alley on Friday and Saturday nights, when black lights illuminate the alley for cosmic bowling and definitively prove that their dandruff shampoo is working.
For families in Forsyth County, there's something happily missing from Bowl Northside: smoke and alcohol. Bowlers big and small can compete safely in this 24-lane paradise equipped with automatic bumpers that raise and lower for different players. Between bouts, guests can recharge and refuel by grabbing a bite in the Northside Grill, playing video games in the on-site arcade, or shooting pool. The alley strives to ensure that everyone feels welcome with leagues for all ages and abilities.