Earl Anthony's Dublin Bowl is an homage to champion bowler Earl Anthony, a six-time PBA Player of the Year and a member of the PBA and ABC Halls of Fame. Fittingly, Anthony's namesake bowling alley takes the sport as seriously as he did?it features 40 championship lanes, each equipped with Brunswick Vector automatic scoring to prevent players from having to borrow their neighbors' fingers and toes for adding purposes. In between games, players can wet their lips in the full-service bar, chow down on pizzas and sandwiches at the snack bar, and catch the game on the lounge's big screen TV. And, on Saturday nights, the lights drop and lasers flare during Solar Extreme bowl, a cosmic event that features a light show with music and videos, and rages until 1:30 a.m.
It would be hard for many citizens of Fremont to remember a time before Cloverleaf Family Bowl. David and Marian Hillman opened the center back in 1963, and it's been a destination for friendly competition ever since. That's not to say there haven't been some changes over the years. Today, Cloverleaf Family Bowl features automatic bumpers on each of its 44 lanes, HD televisions in the sports lounge, and a special glow-bowling event that takes over the entire facility with more fog, lights, and music than you could find in even the grooviest swamp.
These games can stretch well into the evening (the center stays open until 2 a.m. every day), but there are plenty of reasons to stick around besides bowling. Saturdays mean karaoke, although any visit can include a game of pool or a trip to the pizza and food court, which serves up everything from breakfast pizzas to late-night burgers. That extra boost of caloric energy just might be the deciding factor in clenching the top score in one of Cloverleaf's many tournaments?which they host for kids, adults, and senior citizens.
At Harvest Park Bowl, the sounds of family bonding cut through the clatter of resin against wood. Up and down 32 lanes, groups cheer strikes, sing happy birthday to children and especially favored bowling balls, and munch crispy wings from the snack bar. And these sounds aren't just confined to the alley?they also spread into the game room to compete with the bells and boings of arcade games. Between frames, bowlers can keep up with sports on the eight big-screen TVs or head over to Aaron Pawloski's Bowlers Choice Pro Shop to pick out bowling gear and sign up for private lessons.
Castro Village Bowl facilitates hours of pin-felling entertainment from early morning until late in the evening. The alley hosts 32 well-maintained lanes with automatic scoring machines and bumpers for bowlers under the age of 7. In addition to open hours, Castro Village Bowl provides league opportunities for children, adults, and families, finally giving parents the perfect justification for having named their daughter "Pin Crusher." A snack bar and full-service cocktail lounge is also available to provide refreshments for postgame celebrations.
The echoes of spheres hitting wood and toppling pins, followed by celebratory cheers bounce from lane-to-lane inside West Valley Bowl seven days per week. Competitors of all ages clash during league play, open lane games, or cosmic bowling on Fridays and Saturdays, which, in between frames, shifts the spotlight onto a live deejay and karaoke performances. After attempting to climb onto the top scores list by using perfect form or bribing crooked pins to "trip over", bowlers can waltz into the center's lounge, where electric dart boards, pool tables, and televisions provide an oil-free alternative to the gleam of bowling lanes. For further refreshment, Johnny's Diner refuels sphere-flingers with burgers and sandwiches, and an on-site pro shop helps players improve games with equipment upgrades and bifocals for older balls.
People have been tossing bowling balls down Manor Bowl?s 30 lanes since 1960. Open daily, the bowling center fills its lanes with leagues vying for the top spot, as well as groups of friends, families, and couples out for the night. A special youth program leads kids through 10 weeks of bowling with fun dress-up days and weekly awards such as Most Improved and Best Smelling Bowling Ball. The center?s designated party room refuels partygoers with pizza and pop in between rounds of bowling, and sends them off with T-shirts and souvenir bowling pins.