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Perfect for a casual night out with friends, Jillian's offers traditional American fare in a laid-back setting. Dieters beware — Jillian's does not offer low-fat cuisine. Drinks all around! Pair your dinner with a beverage from Jillian's' full bar. Perfect for parties on the larger side, Jillian's also has a private area available for use. Outdoor seating is ready for diners on those warm summer days. Music lovers will appreciate Jillian's' freshly mixed tunes spun by live DJs. A relatively loud restaurant, this is not the place for a quiet night out. If you plan to hit the restaurant on a Friday or Saturday, it's best to fend off the crowds by calling ahead for a reservation. No need to dress up for a trip to Jillian's — the casual restaurant encourages laid-back attire. If you're in a hurry, place an order for pickup instead. Love the food so much you want to serve it at your next soiree? No problem — Jillian's offers catering. For diners who choose to drive to the restaurant, parking is readily available — the nearby lot offers optional valet, and street parking is also accessible. If you're too tired to drive, public transportation will also suffice; right around the corner are stops at Kenmore Station (Green), Yawkey (Framingham/Worcester), and Blandford St. (Green). The menu at Jillian's is reasonably priced, with most items costing less than $30.
145 Ipswich St
Boston,
MA
US
Boston Bowl Family Fun Center is a modern yet nostalgic bowler’s haven thats open 24/7 all-year round with 30 traditional tenpin lanes as well as 14 ever-tricky candlepin lanes. Fully automated scoring systems keep track of every roll, and optional bumpers prevent balls from appearing in the gutters or into the nightmares of first-time bowlers. Once 10th frames have come and gone, Boston Bowl keeps players entertained with other forms of hands-on entertainment. In Dorchester, such activities include billiards, outdoor batting cages, and an arcade of more than 80 high-tech interactive video and prize games. The recently expanded Hanover location now includes state-of-the-art party rooms for private post-bowling soirees as well as a larger game room. In addition to the pizza and handcrafted beer, both locations offer an extensive catering and party menu for private events.
820 William T Morrissey Blvd
Dorchester,
MA
US
When it comes to fun at Bowlmor Lanes, folks aren't locked into just bowling, though there's plenty of that. Glow-in-the-dark lanes and banquette seating beckon players to try their hand at bowling or chill out and order drinks and snacks from lane-side servers. But for the pin-weary, there are other forms of entertainment including billiards, air hockey, and ping pong for purchase. These myriad amenities make Bowlmor Lanes a destination for group get-togethers such as birthdays and "No-Kevins-Allowed" club meetings.
1387 Liberty St
Springfield,
MA
US
What makes it great: 26 candlepin lanes, 28 tenpin lanes, game room with pool tables and keno, craft beers on tap, and a lounge with flat-screen TVs, burgers, and pizza
195 Concord Tpke
Cambridge,
MA
US
Though Westgate Lanes has been open for more than half a century, you'd never know it from just looking at the Brockton institution, which benefited from a pre-Millennium face-lift in 1999. Today, all 62 lanes feature automatic scoring, new furniture, and modern lighting, which casts a celestial aura during prize-packed cosmic bowling on Saturday nights. Open 365 days a year, the facility swings open its doors to challenge sphere-flinging friends, leagues, and parties with frames of tenpin or candlepin, a variation of bowling that uses smaller balls and requires more concentration than teaching a mechanical bull long division. High-definition TVs orbit the center's 13 billiards tables, and, between competitive rounds, players can refuel fatigued fingers at Harry's Pub and Grill.
65 Westgate Dr
Brockton,
MA
US
Sacco’s Bowl Haven Sacco’s Bowl Haven was one of many candlepin bowling alleys the Sacco family opened in the first half of the twentieth century. Not much has changed since that day in 1939 when the alley first opened its doors: the lanes are still smooth and polished, and the pins are still neatly poised in clusters of ten. The only difference today is the presence of Flatbread Somerville, who took over the alley to ensure that the only rumbling in Sacco’s comes from pins, not stomachs. Their flatbread pizzas are made from 100% organically grown dough and then baked to a crisp in wood-fired ovens. Between frames, bowlers can feast on pies topped with smoked free-range pork shoulder, fresh organic rosemary, and organic tomato sauce made in a wood-fired cauldron, all the while toasting local draft beers to high-scores, good times, and shared shoe sizes.
45 Day Street
Somerville,
MA
US
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