If not for the occasional clatter of pins, Bowlmor Lanes' bright and modern decor and its full-service dining room could be mistaken for a lively nightclub. The sleek establishment’s gleaming lanes exude a glamorous charm not often found in bowling alleys. Adding to the ambience is a high-end sports bar and glow-in-the-dark lighting that illuminates each bowling pin.
Lucky Strike throws state-of-the-art bowling and a pinch of swanky atmosphere into a blender, presses "puree," and serves you a thrillciting bowling smoothie. Saddle up to one of 14 lanes and spend two full hours basking in bowling-induced merriment ($45 per hour). Lace up the Louboutin-designed foot coverings (shoe rental is $4.95 per person) to achieve the ideal footing for perfecting your roll, bagging some turkeys, and settling a long-running score with a shifty-eyed mail carrier. Included in the deal is a $10 food voucher, so when stage fright results in trembling limbs and fingers, you can quell the shakes with some homemade roasted-garlic hummus or mac 'n' cheese bites.
Splitsville explores contemporary consumption within a bowling framework, combining swankiness with three bars, and a full-service restaurant. Splitsville’s menu, developed under the guidance of one of Food & Wine magazine's Best New Chefs of 2008 Tim Cushman, stacks up and knocks down a cadre of ville plates ($5–$14) including spicy edamame and three-pepper calamari, stomach-stuffing signature plates ($14–$19) including the mahi mahi with voodoo shrimp and filet mignon, and big bowl drinks ($21) including the rum bowl and voodoo juice bowl. Diners sprinkle the restaurant with chatter as they dive into their choice of sauced steaks, generous pizzas, and rolls from the on-site sushi bar to the musical vibrations blowing from the speakers. After 8 p.m., all diners younger than 21 turn into pumpkin-shaped bowling balls and the fine hobby-sport decorum requests an evening-casual dress code as the crowd usurps the restaurant’s reins for nocturnal nourishment with energetic music.
Holiday Bowling Center features 16 lanes, a sports bar, and modern sound and video systems. That means plenty of space to bowl, alongside 4 big-screen projectors that add to the spectacle of games and entertainment. Bowling is the sport in the spotlight, but there's plenty on the peripheral: every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday night the lights go dark and the screens flare up with top 40 music videos. Live bands and karaoke, meanwhile, keep things going in the lounge, which also features 16 HD TVs, pool, darts, and drinks. Holiday Bowling Center also features a full-service restaurant.
Strikers Family Sportscenter invites guests to perfect their pin felling on 1 of 40 lanes. Bowlers handpick their favorite from a selection of neon balls and watch the 42-inch scoring monitors come to life with animated computer graphics. On weekend nights, flashing lights and music break up the rolling repetition during Rockin' Roll glow bowl. For cross-training, the arcade keeps bowling arms in tip-top shape with skee-ball and whack-a-duck. The snack bar restores nutrients lost performing the worm down an opponent's lane, hot wings and onion rings to a crisp and peppering 14-inch pizzas with a choice of 10 colorful toppings.
Up to 32 games of bowling can be played at once at Diamond Strike Lanes and Sports Bar, and with a lively special effects and lights show, evenings are a real party. Bumpers fill out the gutters for youngsters and bowling newbies, and a live DJ spins tunes on the weekends. When the DJ is not in the house, a video jukebox shuffles more than10,000 song options and 10 PSAs on the importance of proper bowling shoe attire. The alley?s sports bar blasts live games on 30 flat screen TVS and opens its outdoor patio for guests to relax with a beer or wine. The bar?s menu features pizzas, burgers, and homemade chili.