Diamond Bowl, a refreshing fusion of bowling alley and robust restaurant, serves as a hangout for pin-battering rollers hungry for lane-thundering action and thirsty for food. Games ($5) on Diamond’s eight lanes keep hook-happy fingers limber, and shoes ($3) safeguard feet from toe-stomping sore losers. Follow up your fourth turkey with tangible foodstuffs from Diamond's full menu, such as the blackened-salmon sandwich on a kaiser roll ($7.99), the well-rounded bowling burger ($7.49), or the crispy chicken-tender salad ($8.99). Serious contenders can take a break from finger calisthenics to enroll in one of Diamond Bowl's leagues, and casual players can pair their match play with drinks from Diamond’s fully stocked bar, or they can watch a less phalange-intensive sport on one of nine crystalline HD TVs. Hourly games are also available.
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.
Open late seven days a week?until 3 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays, and until midnight the rest of the week?Z Strike Bowling plies its patrons with bowling, comfortable couches, and a full sit-down restaurant. Bowlers can scatter pins on lanes reserved in advance, a practice that prevents long waits and frustrated customers rolling balls at piles of street shoes. Between games, visitors can nosh at the onsite eatery, with an upscale menu filled with offerings such as chicken and waffles, fish tacos, quesadillas, and a full bar featuring new craft beers.
Lunar Bowl casts a nebular net across rounds of pin punishment, which unravel daily across 32 bowling lanes. The non-smoking, the 38,000-square-foot facility has played host to the PBA National Tour twice, including the tour's nationally televised finals and nontelevised slip 'n' slide experiments in the 11th frame. The center's celestial theme soars over into The Blue Moon Lounge, where bowlers can take a break from strikes and spares to watch big games or create deep-space shadow puppets on a 150-inch HD projector screen. Lunar Bowl drifts further into intergalactic realms with laser-lit cosmic bowling and a newly built arcade buzzing with the chimes of new high scores.
Heavy spheres race down smooth, wood lanes to crash into pins and deliver the celebratory, clattering sound that can only be associated with a strike. Bowlers reenact this scene countless times each day at Retro Bowl, where guests come together to enjoy the timeless art of recreational collisions. On Friday and Saturday nights, Retro Bowl staffers activate black lights and popular tunes for cosmic bowling, creating a dark, neon-accented ambiance that allows hurlers to prepare for bowling contests on Mars or in Batman Forever.
Retro Bowl complements its waxy lanes with other indoor gaming equipment, including 5’x7’ pool tables and an arcade with air hockey, racing, and Dance Dance Revolution games. Outside of the bowling complex, the mechanical hurlers of six batting cages hurl softballs in fast- and slow-pitch trajectories and baseballs anywhere from 45 to 90 miles per hour. Guests can stave off hunger and flaunt their ability to use pool cues as silverware while enjoying burgers, sandwiches, and snacks from the Retro Bowl restaurant.
Ward Parkway Lanes facilitates retro-inspired entertainment throughout the week with a well-maintained array of synthetic bowling lanes equipped with all-ages-friendly bumpers. Rock & Bowl takes place each Saturday and Sunday, featuring music selected and spun by live local DJs. In addition to bowling, the alley houses a full bar and grill, a billiards room, a video arcade, and a full-service pro shop for folks looking to pick up bowling bags, shoes, and balls to replace the ones they lost in the alley's challenging water hazards.