Bowling isn’t just a hobby at 300 New York—it’s a vibrant social experience worthy of luxurious flourishes. That’s why cushioned lounge seats flank each of the 32 mood-lit lanes in the main concourse area. Each of these lanes faces a large screen that flashes music videos and tutorials on how to remove stuck fingers from bowling balls. Up in The Loft, bowlers can lounge and take in views of the concourse while sipping cocktails from the full-service bar. A dedicated wait staff connects them to offerings from the onsite bar and restaurant—an eatery known for serving dishes from executive chef Chad Bowser’s menu. Some of Chad’s creations include two-bite chicken or beef sliders and hand-battered fried calamari that can be paired with anything from beer to specialty martinis.
Despite its humble appearance, Houston’s Emerald Bowl hasn’t lost its long-held charm. The nondescript building out in Alief sports a giant bowling pin out front, along with a large sign stamped with the word “BOWL,” lest there be any confusion about the space’s intended use. Some 40 lanes are held inside, along with shoe rentals and plenty of bowling balls for use by kids and adults alike. The big kids can join one of the annual leagues, while little ones show up for birthday parties or just to roll through a few frames. Bumper bowling is available, as are lessons from a Professional Bowling Association Hall of Famer, for anyone looking to really compete.
Del-Mar Lanes is set up for bowlers of all abilities: If you want to take your game to the next level, you can sign up for their league-bowling competitions, which meet five nights a week. Alternatively, players can also choose to plug the gutters with optional bumpers, which help level the playing field for younger players or those who prefer to bowl with footballs. As guests chase strikes and spares, Del-Mar Lanes? snack bar keeps appetites at bay with fried mushrooms and hot dogs, which can be washed down with soft drinks or beer.