Across nearly three-fourths of the United States, AMF Bowling Co. reverberates year-round as families, friends, and competitors send bowling balls in search of upright pins careening down slick lanes. The company first established itself as an industry leader in 1946, the same year the sport introduced automated pinspotters.
Today, more than 20 million bowlers annually make AMF their battleground for wars against pins. As the largest owner and and operator of bowling centers in the US, AMF locations offer high-tech scoring technology, a classic design, and a menu stocked with American-inspired classics such as wings, pizzas, burgers, and beer.
Bowling is the great social equalizer—a common ground where grizzled undercover clowns, blue-collar English lords, LARPer librarians, big and tall lingerie models, hordes of hive-minded hipsters, and the other two social demographics that comprise America can unite in common cause and topple a gaggle of stuck-up, inanimate wooden pins. Brunswick has been a household name in this egalitarian pastime almost since the beginning, with a company history that dates back to the 19th century, providing classic American good times to all manner of patrons across the country. And with today's Groupon tying the room together, you'll get to play two games (up to a $9.98 value) in its hallowed halls wearing a pair of freshly disinfected bowling shoes (up to a $3.79 value).
Splitsville Luxury Lanes and Dinner Lounge combines bowling with swankiness, four bars, and a full-service restaurant. The result is a well-decorated, party-time pinsperience. Al fresco bowling transpires on the lawn at Splitsville's outdoor bowling lane, located near the breezy patio and live band. Inside, a DJ spins tunes above a dance floor designed especially for extended victory dances. Mid-century décor, kidney-shaped tables, and red swivel-pod chairs complete the retro-chic scene.
Cowtown Bowling Palace's newly remodeled facility bestows families and friends with kid-friendly recreation amid bright green walls and neon-printed carpets. After strapping on pairs of rental shoes, bowlers launch orbs down any of 32 slick lanes, many of which can be equipped with bumpers for children or balls preparing to hatch ostriches. In between frames, famished opponents or teammates can scarf down abundant treats at Cowtown Bowling Palace's snack bar. The alley's schedule permits smoke-free entertainment for families, and on select days 24-hour accessibility indulges night owls and Santas finishing their shifts early.
With a recently remodeled interior and illuminated seascape imagery above the pins, Cityview Lanes declares itself both a bowling alley and a family-friendly recreational escape. After boulder-pushers strap on rented shoes ($3.50 per person), they'll make their way to one out of 64 lanes to glide balls down surfaces slick enough to prompt a 7–10 split to kiss and make up ($4.50 per person, per game). Cityview's café and arcade entertain restless rock-rollers between frames.
There are bowling alleys, and there are bowling super highways. With 600 pins creating a satisfying, nearly constant thunder, Forum Bowling Lanes could be considered the latter. Since 1974 the Grand Prairie institution has welcomed strike-seeking families and competitors to its 60 lanes, and although it recently underwent a remodel, it retains its vintage feel. Classic bowling is the name of the game here, with a straightforward style that allows players to focus on the frames. And after the final throw, they can relax with a drink in Forum?s cafe and lounge or head to the pro shop to pick up essential bowling gear such as balls and air horns for distracting opponents.