All across California, Western Bowling Proprietors Association sends pins scattering at a network of bowling alleys, each with its own personality. In addition to open bowl on automatically scored lanes, many locations host special events that heighten the experience with enhancements such as vibrant lights, lively music, and laser systems that do double duty protecting the alleys' diamond collections. The alleys also house refreshment facilities, pro shops, and diversions that range from arcade games to billiards.
The sound of crashing pins draws equally loud cheers from players at Ventura Bowling Center as their progress is tallied via an automatic scoring system. Arcade games and dartboards entice them to take a break from alleyways, while hunger draws them toward the snack bar. Meanwhile, a full onsite bar supplies players with enough bubbly soda and ice-cold beer to celebrate a big win or an impressive moonwalk made possible by a pair of smooth-soled bowling shoes.
Brunswick Zone has been a trusted name in recreational pin pulverizing for more than a century, providing good times to patrons across the country. Friends and families season afternoons with a pleasant peppering of strikes, spares, and easygoing gutter balls under classic bowling conditions, or take the next bold step in ball-hurling evolution and engage in a round of cosmic bowling, where dancing lights, thumping tunes, and black-lit gear light up the full sensorium. At XL locations, game rooms beckon with nimble joystick workouts on classic and modern arcade games.
At Jillian's, a colorful, 10-lane alley, a nightclub ambiance pairs with modern d?cor and ample entertainment to host parties. A restaurant sates between-set hunger pains with a menu of American eats such as hot wings, burgers, and pizzas. On Fridays and Saturdays, Jillian's hosts club nights, during which a sound system pumps music. Four billiard tables draw pool sharks, and guests can also enjoy an arcade of 84 electronic games between songs or bowling frames. For birthday parties, a private suite hosts up to 50 people who can play Wii games on a giant projector screen. The venue itself can accommodate anywhere from ten to 1,200 guests and also provides catering.
For a new take on American fare, head to Lucky Strike Hollywood.
Put the diet on pause when you visit Lucky Strike Hollywood — there are no low-fat menu items.
Outdoor seating is ready for diners on those warm summer days.
Pump up your night with performances from Lucky Strike Hollywood's live DJs.
Loud music and boisterous crowds keep decibel levels ultra high at this restaurant.
The restaurant's "rush" is all weekend long, so diners should be prepared to wait for a table.
If you're hoping to make a smashing impression at your next soiree, you can also have Lucky Strike Hollywood cater for you.
Leave your car in the neighboring garage, and cut down on your commute to and from the restaurant.
It will typically cost you about $30 to enjoy a meal at Lucky Strike Hollywood.
What makes it great: classic family-friendly vibe, 24 synthetic lanes, computerized scoring, automatic bumpers for amateurs, arcade, fully equipped pro shop, ice rink in the adjoining Pickwick Gardens complex