Looking across Woodburn Bowl's 12 gleaming lanes, one will find friends, families, and fierce competitors of all ages striving for the glory of many strikes or the simple satisfaction of zero gutter balls. Bowlers can test the strength of their ball-hurling biceps seven days a week, whether it’s under the glow of fluorescent lights or black lights set ablaze during glo-bowling sessions. The snack bar helps serious slingers refuel between trips to the line, and video games provide entertainment for those who'd like to give their hitchhiking finger a workout.
On Sunday evenings, you might mistake Wilsonville Lanes for Monte Carlo. Sure, its 22 contemporary lanes look the same as on any ordinary day, but the games come with higher stakes. Bowlers can toss some money into the jackpot and participate in one of three games: Spin the Wheel, 4x4, or Blackjack. Of course, these games are a bit different than the ones played on card tables or by dogs in paintings. For example, Blackjack players bowl four shots on four different lanes, instead of flipping cards, seeking a fallen-pin count of 21 to win the jackpot.
But even when it's not Monte Carlo night, Wilsonville Lanes still has plenty to keep guests entertained. In addition to family-friendly bowling, which includes Cosmic Bowling on Fridays and Saturdays, the alley also boasts an arcade, Wi-Fi, HD TVs, and pool tables. Plus, the cafe serves up burgers, hot dogs, and salads to keep players fueled between games.
In the more than 30 years he’s spent at the helm of Four Seasons Bowling Center, George Mareina has learned that there’s only one thing people like better than bowling: baby back ribs. The alley’s Sports Look Restaurant and Sports Bar has been sizzling up the saucy eats since its addition in 1999, and the full-service restaurant is just one of many things that Mareina has added since taking over in 1978. Automatic scoring and pinsetters help keep the fun rolling by eliminating downtime between frames, and the nonsmoking environment makes it an appropriate hangout for bowlers of all ages.
Die-hard bowlers in need of new gear can also stop by the pro shop to browse accessories such as balls, bags, shoes, and corks with which to plug those pesky bowling-ball holes.
Open daily, Park Lanes Family Entertainment Center boasts 32 lanes that dare to go dark during weekend cosmic bowling hours. Recent renovations have also outfitted the lanes with new scoring systems and automatic bumpers. Beyond the lanes, the facility boasts a range of amenities, including a 4,000-square-foot arcade, nine outdoor batting cages, 40 HD televisions, and an onsite restaurant. Likewise, the onsite pro shop allows players to tame their game with top-notch gear and offers free advice on how to train the seven pin to roll over or play dead.
Silver Creek Lanes shelters patrons practicing their strike and spare skills on rows of synthetic lanes. As participants recline into custom leather seating between frames, Brunswick GSX pinsetters ensure that ten pins always await approaching orbs, even when balls are feeling pushier than usual. Black lights concoct an intergalactic ambiance during cosmic bowling sessions as players diligently avert gutter balls while surrounded by wall-to-wall media screens broadcasting music videos. Silver Creek Lanes also offers league play, special packages for birthday celebrations, office parties, family reunions and catering. As bowlers roll their shots, wafts from the facility’s grill bemuse olfactory senses with whiffs of pizza, burgers, and tasty appetizers. A pro shop supplies rollers with top of the line gear, such as cannons that launch bowling balls with extra spin.
Players plugs gamers into a cavalcade of entertaining diversions while fueling competitive spirits with eats and drinks from a menu of pub mainstays. Satisfy pin-busting urges by bowling on one of 12 sleek lanes ($2–$4.75/game per person; $2.50/shoe rental). Each lane sports a massive flat-screen hovering above pins, helping bowlers catch the game while dominating their own opponents. Decamp to Players’ billiards lounge for lessons on trick shots, geometry, or the mating habits of eight-balls staged atop one of the contemporary pool tables ($8–$10/hr.). Players' bar and dining area basks under warm amber lights punctuated by the blue glow of 25 sports-affixed TV screens. Gab with old colleagues about advancements in office pranks over frothy brews (bottle $3.25–$4; draft $3.50–$4.50), goblets of vino ($5+), or one of 10 burgers ($8.99–$10.99). The under-21 set stays occupied in the 8 Ball Lounge, a youth-friendly hideaway packed with shuffleboard tables and sleek seating.
Sunset Lanes strikes a balance between the charm of retro aesthetics and the convenience of modern technology. A stint of more than 40 years in the bowling business has helped Sunset Lanes become a recreational staple in the Beaverton community, even hosting a clutch of competitive bowling leagues. A collection of flat-screen televisions and an automated scoring system help keep the alley up to date, and the lanes include automatic bumpers that guests 12 and under can choose to raise or lower while they bowl. In between frames, the B-Town Bar & Grill reenergizes patrons with specialty cocktails and a menu of hearty comfort foods, which includes pizza, wraps, Angus burgers, and salads with freshly baked croutons. The expansive space is highlighted by a neon mural that stretches across all 36 lanes and also houses an arcade.