Bowling is the great social equalizer—a common ground where grizzled undercover clowns, blue-collar English lords, LARPer librarians, big and tall lingerie models, hordes of hive-minded hipsters, and the other two social demographics that compose America can unite in the common cause of toppling a gaggle of stuck-up, inanimate wooden pins. Brunswick has been a household name in this egalitarian pastime almost since the beginning, with a company history that dates back to the 19th century, providing classic American good times to all manner of patrons across the country. And with today's Groupon tying the room together, you'll get to play two games (up to a $10 value) in its hallowed halls wearing a pair of freshly disinfected bowling shoes (up to a $4 value).
As enthusiastic ball throwers add to a soundtrack of toppling pins, Doyle's Bowling & Lounge quiets less-impressive stomach grumbles with its in-house café. Before settling in to a cozy blue chair for two games with three family members or friends, pick up a pair of shoes from the desk and celebrate your group's matching footwear with a quick song-and-soft-shoe routine. When efforts to zero in on strikes work up an appetite, the friendly staff at the Down in the Alley Cafe will happily supply some sustenance, adorning a 12-inch pie with a topping of your choice and pouring a pitcher of soda to whet parched whistles. Add luminescent or aural intrigue to games by coordinating your trip with Doyle's live music or your own live rendition of The Wizard of Oz.
There's really only one strict rule on the lanes at Bryant-Lake Bowl: you have to wear socks. Otherwise, feel free to fudge the guidelines of the game and play a round of BLB Crazy Bowl, which encourages players to bowl with their non-dominant hand or try for a strike on their knees.
This playful spirit pops up all over at the Bryant-Lake Bowl facility, which also includes a theater and a restaurant. Improv comedians, musicians, and church groups all stop by to entertain, and the menu is equally eclectic: meat lovers should enjoy the bison and bacon meatloaf, while vegetarians, vegans, and gluten-free folks enjoy salads, cheese plates, and main dishes prepped their way. Much of this food is sourced from local farms, just as many of the beers and wines hail from nearby sources instead of the out-of-touch brewers on the moon. Both the bowling alley and the theater have won accolades from Minneapolis CityPages.
Elsie's Bowling Center offers an array of tempting American cuisine.
None of the fare at Elsie's Bowling Center is low-fat, so you'll have to put the diet aside for a visit here.
Elsie's Bowling Center also provides alcohol, so diners don't have to worry about bringing their own bottle.
Elsie's Bowling Center is a terrific spot for families to gather with its kid-friendly ambience and menu.
Don't miss the happy hour food and drink specials, where a great bargain is always in sight.
Bring your laptop here and tap into the complimentary wifi.
Don't stay cooped up on a beautiful summer day! At Elsie's Bowling Center, you can dine outdoors on their lovely patio.
Volume at this restaurant can reach upper decibels, so come prepared to raise your voice to be heard.
If crowds aren't your thing, it's best to visit Elsie's Bowling Center during the slower weekday hours.
For those in a hurry, the restaurant lets you take your grub to go.
Meals at Elsie's Bowling Center usually set you back about $30 per diner.
Elsie's Bowling Center has three square meals a day on the menu, so swing by for breakfast, lunch, or dinner.