The independently owned Community Bowling Centers accommodate bowlers of all ages and abilities, featuring bumper-equipped lanes and lightweight balls designed for the hands of pintsize players. At 10 smoke-free locations throughout the region, guests enjoy open hours in addition to league opportunities and special events. The onsite bar serves ice-cold cups of soda or beer, which guests may raise in toasts to friendship and man's ability to hydrate himself. On select evenings, the alley lights turn down and the ethereal illumination of Glow N Bowl takes over with laser-light shows and fog machines. As balls roll down phosphorescent lanes, a sound track of thumping beats and alien distress calls saturates the space.
Wood-paneled walls and traditional pub décor surround diners and dart tossers in the dining areas of both Ford Lanes and Bel-Mark Lanes. The classic facilities host an array of gleaming, professional lanes that boast automatic scoring and are perfect for a night of cosmic bowling or chucking an ex-girlfriend’s snow-globe collection. Both alleys maintain open hours for groups and practicing individuals, and they also offer leagues for adults, seniors, and children. Each weekend, the pin-crushing arenas host karaoke contests, welcoming the musical talent of community members.
In business since 1971, Ypsi Arbor Lanes employs the assistance of 40 sleek lanes to foster friendly competition between avid bowlers and novice pin-batterers alike. Equipped with a pair of rental kicks, tag teams can attempt compound turkeys while basking in the glow of neon lights and the sound of pulsing beats. Younger players or precision-bent bowlers have the option to buffer their win percentages with bumper-lane gutter-blockers. The automatic scoring system impartially documents strikes, gutter balls, and victory-dance wardrobe malfunctions. In addition to ample play space, Ypsi Abor Lanes nourishes its patrons with a stocked snack bar and facilitates a wider range of nuanced wrist movement with six full-size billiard tables.
Established in 1959, Chelsea Lanes combines old-school charms with the modern convenience of smooth, polished lanes and automatic scoring. The lanes, which remain open until midnight on Friday and Saturday, also play host to leagues, birthday parties, and glow-bowling sessions, during which music videos and light shows cause the alley to sparkle like a disco ball at a paparazzi dance party.
A family-friendly bowling emporium, Plaza Lanes welcomes alley cats of all ages and skill levels to enjoy cathartic rounds of pin-crushing seven days a week. For two exhilarating games, subtle-soled rollers take to the lanes in a cacophonous display of sporting prowess, showing off spares, strikes, and the occasional victory waltz. Sentient scoreboards keep points automatically tallied, helping to prevent unfortunate pencil mustache mishaps. Customers can also lace up during weekend glow bowling, when the alley transforms into a frenetic glow-in-the-dark oasis.
The fun, friendly, family-owned Oak Lanes extends a clean environment for pin punishers of all ages and abilities. Bring a friend, significant other, or an out-of-work pitching machine to get in some ball-tossing practice on one of the alley's lanes, on which league-level pros and idle hobbyists trade tips on follow-throughs and limericks about Walter Ray Williams Jr. An expansive lounge and two service bars allow for detailed strategy meetings before and after play, with six TVs to keep eyes entertained while tootsies unwind and bowling balls resume their day jobs fashioning serving wear for soup. Open bowling is available every day. Call ahead for lane schedules.