Marty Fichera, a member of the New York State Bowling Hall of Fame since 2002, polishes orbs inside Legends Pro Shop at Flamingo Bowl. Just outside the shop, a kaleidoscopic mural stretches above 40 gleaming lanes. As live DJs soundtrack cosmic bowling on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights, old hands such as Fichera gaze at the swiveling lights and think back to the '70s, when all sports were cosmic. The Jungle Lounge bar dispenses Budweiser drafts as teams wait for league matches to begin. Flamingo Bowl also hosts birthday parties, presenting a keepsake bowling pin to the hosts if 10 or more guests attend.
On Friday and Saturday nights, Lighthouse Lanes gets bowlers grooving to a light show set to music during cosmic bowling. Even a day spent at open bowling is electrifying, with bowlers sending bright colored balls down glossy lanes. Automatic scorers keep track of who's in the lead, so players don't have to assign someone to take video. Lane-side activities include a video-game arcade and a cozy lounge filled with flat-screen televisions.
Balls hurtle down slick lanes toward clusters of pins at the family-owned Spencerport Bowl. Leagues duke it out at least once daily, and Friday and Saturday nights host the Famous Rockin' Bowl from 9 p.m. to midnight, when disco lights illumine an alley awash in fog. Revelry spills over to CJ's Pub & Grill, where frequent karaoke sessions supply a festive backbeat for burger-and-pizza feasts. Those who still have an appetite for entertainment after bowling can refuel at the on-site arcade.