Within the cream-colored brick exterior of a century-old city building, Papa Luigi’s II marries an Italian restaurant with a bowling alley. Amid the wood paneling, wine-red carpet, and chandeliers of the dining room, taste buds can warm up with the house’s favorite appetizer—sicilian eggplant lathered in Papa’s special marinara sauce. Thin-n-crispy pizzas, which Papa Luigi’s II has been perfecting for 23 years, come loaded with canadian bacon or shrimp.
After meals, guests can adjourn to the newly remodeled, smoke-free bowling alley. Here, shining orbs hurtle down 10 lanes whose automatic bumpers forgive shaky aim, and an automatic scoring system lets bowlers tuck their personal mathematicians back into the trunks of their cars. Between rounds, players can refuel at a pub-style bar by tipping back chilled mugs brimming with imported tap beers and gazing at a trio of plasma televisions. Those seeking a new arena for competition can drop by the game room or rent the upstairs gym for shooting hoops.
Brown Deer Lanes sprawls before sparring sphere tossers a synthetic battlefield of meticulously maintained lanes and brave battalions of crisp, white pins. Competitors will slide into a pair of prismatic kicks, which are available in half sizes, before carefully adopting a choice ball from a robust harvest of able orbs. After evading gutters, picking up strikes, and high-fiving gregarious pinsetters, victors can celebrate by noshing on the sizzling slices of a large, two-topping pizza. Although not included with today's Groupon, Brown Deer Lanes also volunteers its thundering alleys to parties and frequent glow bowls. A fully stocked menu houses a variety of other snacks, while weekly Packer parties gather to cheer on Wisconsin's revered cricket team.
Established: Before 1950
Staff Size: 25?50 people
Average Duration of Services: 2?4 hours
Brands Used: Brunswick
Pro Tip: We offer a full food menu and complete bar options, so come hungry and thirsty.
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Parking: Parking lot
Most Popular Attraction/Offering: 50 arcade games and 35 lanes of bowling
Recommended Age Group: All Ages
JB's 41 35 bowling lanes gleam with the possibilities of scoring a coveted turkey. And to help beginners and kids get closer to this goal, they can request inflated bumpers. On Friday and Saturday nights, the alley transforms with heart-thumping music and black lights for a Galactic bowling experience. The waxed hardwood lanes become mirrors for the flashing, colored lights, morphing the space into something akin to a nightclub, which is how most scientists describe outer space. Beyond bowling, the joint houses a video arcade chock full of 50 games and a restaurant and full bar to refuel weary bowlers.
Bigger isn?t always better, and that's especially true at Koz?s Mini Bowl. As you might guess from the name, everything here is just a bit smaller, from the bowling balls to the little man who cleans up the pins. Practically the only thing that hasn't been scaled down is the sense of competition; the goal is still to get as many strikes and spares as possible. As players palm miniature bowling balls and toss them down four lanes, a jukebox fills the alley with classic tunes and a bartender fills pitchers to the brim with beer.
Throughout the week, Country Lanes offers open bowling hours and league opportunities for bowlers of all skill levels. In addition to indoor lanes, the alley welcomes outdoor revelers with courts for sand volleyball and horseshoes. The outdoor tiki bar keeps carousers stocked with cocktails and draft brews, and an indoor grill fires sandwiches, pizzas, and appetizers such as wonton wraps. A banquet hall is available for parties, and a teen glow-bowl league takes place on Fridays through the summer, allowing bioluminescent youngsters to bowl in their natural environment.
Castle Lanes, which was No. 36 on Bowlers Journal International's list of 95 must-see bowling centers, has a cozy Northwoods-Log-Homes-esque interior that invites bowlers of all ages and abilities to relax and perfect their pin-toppling skills. On 24 glossy lanes, bowlers sling new house balls at pins between watching the alley's HDTVs, listening to music with the alley's iPod hook-ups, or surfing the Internet on the alley's free WiFi. Castle Lanes is a smoke-free environment, making it friendly to families and sneezy dwarves. The alley's dedication to an upscale environment filled with top-notch equipment is fostered by owners Phillip Ontko, who is a Racine Bowling Hall of Famer and the Nolan Ryan of bowling strikes, and his wife, who can easily roll a bowling ball up a hill.