On Fridays and Saturdays, the unassuming facade of Bowlerama Royale melts away as cosmic lights slice across lanes and a virtual DJ mixes beats. Cosmic bowling lasts from 9 p.m. until close, and often serves as the backbone of birthday or corporate parties fueled by on-site catering and flasks of milk snuck in by the boss. Bowlers can also extend their craving for competition by joining leagues. In between frames and tries for turkeys, patrons can head to the lounge, where dartboards, pool tables, arcade games, and an 8-foot TV screen await additional bouts of friendly competition. Beer, wine, and spirits flow freely at the bar and snack bar, alongside savoury appetizers and casual fare.
At Heritage Lanes, when your legs get tired from bowling, you can rest them in the seat of a virtual race car. The video arcade blinks and whirs with the sounds of pinball and other classic games that light up the space. The alleys won't be outdone, however—they have a luminous display of their own during cosmic play, when black lights form a panorama of violets, pinks, and greens above the pins.
Players of all ages send bowling balls spinning down the colourful lanes. Between turns, they can munch on burgers, hot dogs, and deep-fried mushroom caps from the dining lounge, instead of vengefully gnawing on the one pin that wouldn't topple over. The bowling alley hosts league games as well as casual matches and customizes children's parties to include the guests' preferred genre of music, from rock to country.
Dickson Bowl spices up the traditional sport of bowling with five-pin lanes designed to test the accuracy and finger-counting abilities of players of all ages. During late-night and weekend cosmic-bowling sessions, an incandescent glow radiates throughout the facility, creating a surreal experience not only for bowlers, but also for visitors to the on-site arcade and diner, which crafts house-made pizzas in addition to several breakfast and lunch options.
Outside of cosmic and open-bowling times, the alley offers league opportunities for women, children, and men of all ages and abilities. It also hosts theme nights each month, inviting guests to bowl in hockey jerseys, pajamas, or camouflage suits that hopefully go unnoticed by the pins.
Bowling balls trundle down Splitsville's 34 slick lanes as touchscreen scoring tracks each player's strikes and splits. Friday and Saturday night cosmic bowling sessions enhance frames with black lights and drop-down screens. More than 20 plasma screen televisions and five projectors over the lane enthrall players awaiting their turn. Further overhead, Splitville's lounge, The Loft, treats guests to two stonewalled fireplaces and an entertainment stage as they munch on the kitchen menu's pub eats. Splitsville also lures gamers with more than 70 arcade games in Playdium Lite and baits pool sharks at the billiards table by dangling chum from cues.
Sherwood Centre offers bowlers 48 newly renovated five-pin bowling lanes. Computerized scoring machines keep track of fallen pins, allowing bowlers to focus on strategy. The centre hosts leagues for children, adults, and seniors, and it also offers a range of video games so players can further develop their accuracy without the senseless destruction of innocent pins. After a famishing game, bowlers can retreat to Sherwood Centre?s bar and lounge area for a full menu of appetizers, burgers, breakfast sandwiches, and beverages.
Burlington Bowl's 48 lanes stretch across 42,000 square feet and have welcomed orb-slinging gamers for decades. Guests begin games by choosing a ball from a selection of spheres weighing anywhere from 4 to 16 pounds and suited for all skill levels. The centre also boasts a pro shop and its own bowling leagues with more than 1,000 members. On select nights, Burlington Bowl transforms into a cosmic glow-in-the-dark bowling show palace, complete with special-effect lighting and the latest music. It also happily host kids' birthday parties that can include bumper bowling and lightweight balls while offering free WiFi for parents.
Checkerboard patterns dominate Brooklyns Bar & Grill, their eatery that was featured on the Food Network's Restaurant Makeover in 2006. Two full bars, a snack bar, and vending machines also fuel pin-battling victories, whereas pool and air-hockey competitions in the games room help guests work up appetites. The bowling centre and its full-service restaurant welcome companies, teams, schools and fundraising efforts throughout the week.