Belmar II Bowling Center gathers brigades of pin-pummeling patrons to launch spheres down its bevy of slick surfaces. After strapping on pairs of rental shoes, parties of four fling their orbs down one of Belmar II Bowling Center's 32 lanes as clusters of pins screech in frequencies audible only to needles. Black lights and strobe lights illumine alleys during weekly rounds of cosmic bowling as participants amass strikes and spares in an environment aglow with vivid neon hues. Pours of beer or soda soak tongues in rivulets of wheat, hops, or carbonated caffeine, keeping players relaxed and alert for their next frame or alley-based political debate.
The independently owned Community Bowling Centers accommodate bowlers of all ages and abilities, featuring bumper-equipped lanes and lightweight balls designed for the hands of pintsize players. At 10 smoke-free locations throughout the region, guests enjoy open hours in addition to league opportunities and special events. The onsite bar serves ice-cold cups of soda or beer, which guests may raise in toasts to friendship and man's ability to hydrate himself. On select evenings, the alley lights turn down and the ethereal illumination of Glow N Bowl takes over with laser-light shows and fog machines. As balls roll down phosphorescent lanes, a sound track of thumping beats and alien distress calls saturates the space.
Continental Lanes' open-bowling sessions and holiday events enable bowlers to celebrate special events with 10-pin matches alongside friends and family. After gathering up to four buddies or inviting the starting lineup of their fantasy basketball team, customers can spend two hours avoiding gutters and hunting for turkeys. Holiday revelers can immerse themselves in celestial surroundings during the Bowl in the New Year party. A four-hour year-end celebration that eschews standard lighting for black-light glows and vibrant neon colors, the bowling bash helps patrons bid adieu to 2011 and welcome whatever random number the authorities give to the New Year.
Ford Lanes and Bel-Mark Lanes invite bowling enthusiasts to pummel pins in a family-friendly atmosphere. Two shoe rentals keep bowlers from scuffing the emotionally frail floors, and more pairs can be rented to accommodate larger parties or harmonizing barbers. After an hour on the lanes, refuel at the Ford Lanes café or Bel-Mark café with a cheesy pizza. Ford patrons can also relax in the newly remodeled lounge or polish billiards cues while Bel-Mark attendees watch live streams of said billiards games via the alley's free WiFi.
Regal Lanes has been meticulously maintained by the same family since 1960. Its vast hall offers ample space for recreational players as well as leagues, with 40 glossy bowling avenues lined with the same hardwood used to pave the road to termite Oz. While bowlers wait in the wings, they can relax at the alley's grill and sports bar, home to flat-screen televisions and daily happy hours.
At Universal Lanes, digital scoreboards keep track of points as players strive for strikes in regular or glow-in-the-dark lighting. Between games, bowlers can meander over to the lounge and rack up pool balls or order pretzels, soft-serve ice cream, or pizza from the grill. They can also perch at the stone bar to sip beer while telling a tall tale about bowling a 300 with a very ripe cantaloupe.