Every day, thousands of pins are slammed into submission at the hands of bowlers at Market Square Lanes. Balls ranging from 6 to 16 pounds sail down the bowling center’s 24 lanes as TVs above display scores. Cosmic bowling lights up the lanes every night after 9 p.m. as well as on Saturday afternoons. A snack bar stocked with personal pizzas, hot dogs, soft drinks, and beer ensures bowlers don't have to prowl the lanes cracking bowling balls open for the delicious yolk inside.
Royal Pin?s four bowling centers boast a total of 270 gleaming lanes, but their widely varied facilities offer far more than games of tenpins. At all four locations, cosmic-bowling nights create a psychedelic atmosphere with fog, music, and black lights.
The Woodland location, though, was voted Best Bowling in Indianapolis 2012 by CityVoter and ups the ante with flat screens above the lanes and cushy couches where players recline while waiting their turn to take a ride through the pinsetter. Its adjacent outdoor mini-golf course, Pirates? Cove, sends putters on a salty adventure with 18 Lilliputian fairways populated by streams, waterfalls, and a pirate ship. In addition, the location recently received a makeover, with a new midway, lounge, bar and restaurant. In that same center, there's also the two-story Pirate's Quest laser tag, which combines the excitement of laser tag and swashbuckling.
At the Expo location, the theme relates to another exciting frontier: space. In Laser Storm tag, players battle for rights to moon territories. Besides their alleys, Royal Pin also manages the 5-acre Greatimes Family Fun Park, where kids zip around a go-cart track, bounce through a multilevel playland, or pilot bumper boats equipped with blaster squirt guns and highly sensitive grownup detectors.
Since 1957, the family-owned Hindel Bowling Lanes has welcomed bowlers with its well-maintained lanes and expert team of pro shop employees. Inside the Hindel Bowling Lanes shop, Steve Lang, Mark Sullivan, and Gary Hiday each bring more than 20 years of experience in outfitting players with proper equipment. Hiday and Sullivan both hold memberships to the Professional Bowlers Association, and Lang boasts three PBA regional titles. Guests can visit the alley during open hours, or join a league to give arrogant pins a weekly reminder of their mortality.
There are plenty of chances to grab a lane at Beech Grove Bowl. That's because the alley is open 24/7, letting guests squeeze in a game after dinner, before breakfast, or during an important business meeting they'd rather skip. In addition to organizing league games, setting up bumpers for kids' parties, and re-lacing every bowling shoe, the facility is known for their pizzas and large calzones, among other menu items, such as burgers and fries.