The clatter of pins ripples through Cloverleaf Lanes, which proudly plays host to the longest-running American bowling tournament. But one need not be a pro to fling a ball down these lanes. Ample open bowling times mean that even newbie bowlers get a chance to experiment with bowling grips, whether using three fingers, four fingers, or their feet. Between games, guests can perch on one of the chrome stools at the snack bar or quaff a tasty brew chosen from the lounge's beer menu.
Monopolizing pins on the north and south sides of town, Palasad's pair of striking citadels steeps rows of vintage, 10-pin lanes and gourmet kitchens in colourful 1960s charm. At Palasad South, black lights, lasers, and 10 projection screens propel vintage trappings into the future, when bowling will become the international language of diplomacy. Prize-heavy arcades, new ping-pong rooms with cushioned athletic floors, and Brunswick Gold Crown pool tables at both locations provide nonlinear entertainment. Parties of up to 500 guests may rent out a network of rooms, such as the La Fiamma Dining Room, where pizzas and wings roast in wood-fired ovens.
Home to more than 50 bowling leagues, Wickliffe Lanes' synthetic alleyways accommodate sphere hurlers of all skill levels seven days a week, which is one of the many reasons it earned Fox 8's Best Bowling award in 2010. Between frames, bowlers seek nourishment at two full-service bars or at the in-house grill; 12 billiard tables, an arcade, and 20 high-definition TVs also keep minds off high-stakes frames. The smoke-free bowling mecca hosts family-friendly open bowling and provides retractable bumpers, which eliminate gutter balls much like bicycle helmets eliminate bad hair days.
It isn’t hard to find something to do at Stroker’s Billiards. The staff hands over slices of pizza and frosty mugs of beer to patrons and then lets them loose to test their skills at 1 of the 16 9-foot billiard tables. Stroker’s also populates its floor with six snooker tables and eight bar-box tables, which give players the chance to adjust their angles to fit different table lengths, or quickly destroy miniature replicas of the Colosseum.