Communities tend to like places that have good roots. That's one reason why Green Bay Press-Gazette readers voted the locally owned and operated Ashwaubenon Bowling Alley the 2012 Best of the Bay's Best Bowling Alley. For more than three decades, guests have flocked to the facility's 60 lanes to test their ball-rolling and pin-eating skills alongside friends and family. Each Thursday, Friday, and Saturday night, DJ Rusty Lee's tracks work with black lights and fog machines to create a nightclub-like cosmic bowling experience.
For more than 35 years, Village Lanes has hosted neighborhood bowling-league playoffs, birthday parties, and weekday bowling trips. Whether visitors are barely capable of keeping balls out of the gutter or able to clean rain gutters with a well-aimed bowl, they find their niche at this family-run alley. USBC Silver-certified coach Jerry Polarek encourages his students to achieve their best during weekend and after-school youth leagues, and birthday and corporate parties of all sizes share pizza and celebratory high-fives lane side. After knocking self-satisfied smirks off the faces of taunting pins, of-age guests can share celebratory sips of beer and cocktails at the comfortable lounge or chow down on pizza and buffalo wings at the snack bar.
The staff at Suamico Ale House & Pro Bowl believes in the three Bs: bowling, beer, and burgers. As balls thunder down 1 of 48 lanes, patrons toast strikes with 1 of 21 draft beers or attempt to bribe the wizard inside each score-keeping computer with 1 of 11 burgers, each made with farm-raised hereford beef. Not content to stick to basics, Suamico Ale House jazzes up its menu with baked salmon, greek pizzas, and thai peanut-chicken sandwiches alongside staples of chicken wings slathered in 1 of 14 sauces such as pineapple habanero and Asian Zing. Sports games play on plasma screens in the pub area as competitive patrons settle bowling ties at the eatery's pool tables or dartboards.
Manhattan Lanes hosts classic entertainment throughout the week with open hours and league bowling opportunities on 16 well-maintained lanes. Each Friday and Saturday, the alley transforms into a cosmic bowling headquarters, with colorful lights moving to the beat of popular songs and adding realism to moon-landing re-creations. The on-site pro shop stocks a complete selection of balls, bags, shoes, and accessories, and also provides screen-printing and embroidery services for custom bowling team uniforms. Bowling lessons are available from the shop's team members, who provide expert tips on how to hunt pins in their natural environment.
Super Bowl appeases pin-pulverizers of all ages and experience levels with 48 lanes, a sizeable sports bar and grill, and a live-music venue. Guests can slip out of their rubber fishing galoshes and strap on a pair of rental shoes for a rollicking round of spares, strikes, and follow-throughs. Choose from standard lanes, or pair lightweight balls with kid-friendly bumper lanes to accommodate pipsqueak players. Parties can refuel after ball-bombarding sessions with a 16-inch pizza and a pitcher of a preferred potation from the grill, and fritter away their milk money in one of the center's two arcades.
First-timers and veteran bowlers compete side by side at Shoreview Lanes, where 24 modern, synthetic lanes and automatic scoring help keep players of all ages on an even keel. The synthetic surface helps distribute oil more evenly and ensures more consistent movement for flung bowling balls or celebratory break dances over the course of a match. Between frames, famished guests can stay hydrated with pitchers of soda or refuel with warm finger foods that include buffalo wings, steak fries, and white-cheddar nuggets.
Across 36 well-maintained lanes, bumpers rise in the gutters to accommodate novice players and automatic scoring screens keep count as bowlers take down pins. The 33-year-old Ledgeview Lanes teems with activities, including video games to pool tables where bowlers can settle ties by seeing who can hula-hoop with the triangular rack. Inside of the lounge and grill, the hottest games flash across the 120-inch screen while bartenders pour cocktails to pair with hand-tossed pizzas and burgers.