North Bend Lanes has been family owned and operated for more than 50 years. But things have changed considerably in that time, including the $100,000 worth of sound and light equipment ownership has added to the space. The center takes on many personalities; there's a more serious atmosphere during league play, a family vibe during public bowling, and the psychedelic landscape of cosmic bowl with glow-in-the-dark colors and thumping music. Back Alley Pub & Grill, meanwhile, keeps parties fueled with homemade pizzas and burgers, a full bar including micro beers on tap, and video lottery games.
At Firs Bowl Lanes, brightly colored house bowling balls glide down 24 synthetic and wood lanes as automatic scoring systems prevent exaggeration-prone players from claiming to have bowled a 3,000. Anchoring the bowling center’s concourse, these lanes attract both league and open bowlers, who frequent special weekend events such as Friday Family Night and the neon-lit Kosmic Bowl. The center’s amenities include bumper lanes, a lottery, video games, and a diner-style snack bar where guests sit on low-slung barstools while enjoying food, beer, and other beverages.
• For $6, you get three games of bowling (up to a $8.25 value), shoe rental (a $2 value), and a pretzel (a $2.25 value); (a $12.50 total value). • For $12, you get three games of bowling and shoe rental for two and two pretzels (up to a $25 value).
Playground Sports builds up a sweat with a combination of traditional league sports such as basketball and volleyball and retro games, including kickball, bowling, and lawn games. League members form teams or have Playground Sports make the team arrangements, then practice their ping-pong swing with team pub or take aim in dodge ball.