Bowl Inn provides a warm and inviting atmosphere in which customers can unwind, indulge in classic cuisine, and enjoy the noble sport of bowling. Unlike most inns, which are staffed by pieces of reanimated taxidermy with mommy issues, Bowl Inn features a friendly staff and numerous bowling lanes. Outfitted with a pair of comfy bowling shoes ($2), bowlers can roll through three invigorating games ($2.75 per game) while they practice laying down telepathic bumpers to keep balls out of the gutters. With the additional savory benefits of a pizza slice ($2) and a nourishing soda ($1.75), customers will have everything they could possibly desire from a bowling alley, unless their desire is for a private grill for slow-roasting all 10 pins.
The Voelkers Bowling Center's classic brick exterior and neon "bowling" marquee speaks of its history?Voelkers was established more than a century ago. The owners have managed to modernize the technology while preserving the vintage charm. To wit: the center features 32 lanes with automatic scoring, plus a lounge and a sports bar with big-screen TVs. Beer signs create the effect of a neighborhood tavern, and the bowling alley also features multiple billiards tables, an arcade, and New York?state lotto games.
A vintage photo of Mallwitz’s Island Lanes, presumably from the 1980s, shows a much different alley than the one that stands today. Its patrons are dressed and coiffed for the times, bright yellows and reds flash across the walls, and strikes and spares are scrawled by hand. A modern-day snapshot illustrates the transformation that has occurred since the center's 1980 opening: 24 lanes feature computerized scoring systems and freshly oiled surfaces that glisten in the muted glow of black lights like a newborn’s head after his first waxing. Other contemporary touches include a full bar, complete with a food menu headlined by popular wings.
Tonawanda Bowling Center's 42 lanes reverberate with the thunderous roar of clattering bowling pins. Over the course of two hours, bowlers hurl multicolored bowling balls down polished wooden lanes as they challenge pins' right to assemble. Automated scoreboards announce budding rivalries between competing rock-slingers, and optional bumpers facilitate gutter-free voyages for on-duty bowling balls. Bowlers waiting their turns can slip into lane-side tables and chairs, where a pitcher of soda washes over parched lips and tongues tired from directional commands issued to defiant balls. For further sustenance, lanesmen can retreat to the full-service lounge and restaurant and partake of its full menu or sing along to Saturday night karaoke.
At Manor Lanes, it doesn't matter if you're a casual bowler or a pro-level athlete in a league?you'll get the same shiny lanes no matter what. And, you'll get the same sand volleyball courts, two of which were installed at Manor in spring 2014. But bowling remains the house specialty, and every day, the sound of toppling pins echoes through the room, rippling across myriad lanes during open play, parties, and sanctioned tournaments. To keep social calendars full and frosty brews flowing, the alley hosts special events, such as thrice-weekly Dollar Nights and twice-weekly nocturnal Moonlight Madness sessions.
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.