At each of FatCats' five locations, strikes and spares light up the screens of automatic scoring systems. Bowling balls roll and skip down lanes in normal conditions, against retractable bumpers, or under the fluorescent glow of Thunder Alley, when the facility transforms into a music-filled fusion of a bowling alley and dance club. Each lane's crashing pins echo the softer clacking of putters at the glow-in-the-dark miniature golf course and the ringing lightshow of the arcade. Elsewhere, the scents of pizza and deep-fried bowling balls waft through the fun haven. Each FatCats location partners with different restaurants, including The Pizza Factory at its Salt Lake facility and Champzz Bar at the Westminster location.
At Big City Bowl, staffers exude a down-home affability that puts bowlers at ease, even when games stretch past closing time. The alley buzzes to life during cosmic bowling, when customer-requested music videos flash across screens while beats pour into the lanes. Myriad leagues elevate the laid-back sport to a spirited showcase of athletic ability, whereas birthday parties dial bowling back to its more recreational uses. Resting competitors can nourish throwing arms with food and beer at the onsite snack shop or watch NFL or college football games splashed across six TV screens.
At All Star Bowling and Entertainment's four locations promise entertainment for all ages with some combination of bowling, video games, karaoke, bumper cars, and laser tag. The new Draper location features laser tag (also available at two other locations), bumper cars, and mini bowling with shrunken lanes and pins. The Sandy location a laser frenzy game, which is a labyrinth of lasers, mirrors, haze, and cosmic lighting that players must navigate. All Star Lanes Bowling's locations also feature restaurants and sports bars with plenty of food, drinks, and TVs equipped with professional sports packages.
The clatter of victimized pins echoes across Orchard Lanes's 18-lane alley and family-fun center. Unless there is a league on the floor, Orchard Lanes's staffers are happy to bring down the lights for glow-in-the-dark bowling at a customer’s request during any of its daily open-bowling hours. For special occasions, party packages are available to equip revelers with the necessary pizza, ice cream, and goody bags, and Orchard Lanes has even played host to a wedding. A computerized scoring system logs each player’s achievements, and between frames, a stop at the full-service snack bar yields pizza and soda to refuel sphere-tossing muscles. The center is also home to billiards tables and an arcade that, like the fairest time-out corners, has a redemption center.
• For $75, you get an individual summer pass for bowling and laser tag (a $280 value based on an average 2 visits per week; value could potentially be higher for customers taking full advantage of this Groupon). • For $299, you get a family summer pass for bowling and laser tag for up to six family members (a $1,680 value based on an average 2 visits per week). Additional family members can be added for $40 per person.
More than a bowling alley, Jupiter Bowl is a multimedia entertainment complex, supplementing its 16 lanes with an arcade, three pool tables, and a 70-foot video wall that plays sports and music programming. Its dynamic setting earned it a rating of first for all-ages apr?s entertainment in the November 2011 issue of Ski Magazine. The Jupiter Bowl experience is punctuated with high-tech touches such as overhead flat-screen monitors and Qubica AMF pinsetters. Club Jupiter?comprising four private lanes?gives parties an enclosed space with a variable window tint, as well as their own jumbo video screen, ideal for airing home videos of the birthday boy?s first attempt to lift a bowling ball.
To facilitate lane availability, the staff oversees online lane reservations. Servers at the facility?s two dining venues, The Lift Grill & Lounge and Black Diamond Bar invite guests to linger over classic American food and drinks that include craft beers from Epic Brewing.