Bowling balls spin down 24 alleys at Chillibowl Lanes, where customers gather for youth programs, league tournaments, or drop-in fun. Once bowlers have worked up a thirst, they can head to the onsite lounge for refreshments. The five-pin bowling centre is also great for birthday parties, with disco bowling nights where guests all receive glow bracelets and can hang out in the party room.
The next generation of professional bowlers could very well be lacing up their small, adorable shoes at Sandcastle Bowl Bar & Grill. The alley hosts a youth league for bowlers as young as five, which is the earliest age Santa accepts requests for bowling gloves. Luckily, strikes and spares don't end once players reach adulthood. Adult leagues let grownups compete across the alley's 20 lanes, which accommodate both five- and tenpin bowling.
While competitive, Sandcastle Bowl Bar & Grill's leagues are primarily social gatherings, with plenty of opportunities to make new friends (bowlers can join teams or sign up as individuals). This spirit of friendly sportsmanship also extends to casual events. The alley hosts after-school bowling on weekdays, and on Saturdays, the staff cranks up music and turns on special effects lighting during an all-you-can-bowl party called Strike FX.
Visits often spill over into the onsite restaurant, Zachary's Grill. The menu puts standard snack bar food to shame with dozens of options such as handmade burgers and shareable baskets of dry ribs.
Since 1983, three-time Canadian bowling champion Richard Grubb has owned and operated North Shore Bowl and ensured that the lanes live up to his elite standards. The alley itself has welcomed bowlers since 1961 and offers 16 lanes of traditional five-pin bowling with open hours seven days a week. The lanes, which host men's, women's, and seniors' leagues, welcome luminescent bowlers each weekend for glow bowling. North Shore Bowl also hosts a collection of classic arcade games and a party room so that groups can sing privately to cakes before eating them.
Rolling strikes is in the Marino family’s blood. The family has presided over Grandview Lanes for three generations, ever since Louis Marino established the alley back in 1947. In those days, the pins had to be set by hand, a task Louis's son, George, remembers all too well. As he told Westender reporter Mary Frances Hill, "You'd have 40 women bowling during the day (in the 1950s), and only two pin setters […]. So we'd run around like crazy."
Today, machines act as the alley’s pin setters, but the Marinos are still around and running the show. George's daughter, Tammy, manages the modernized alley, where automatic scoring makes things easier for a younger generation that has never seen a real wooden pencil. Some things haven't changed though. Bowlers can still visit the lunch counter once run by George's mother, fuelling up between frames with burgers or pizzas laden with a dozen different toppings. And, of course, the game remains relatively unchanged. Downstairs, guests choose between 5-pin or 10-pin bowling, and upstairs, black lights and neon wall murals set the psychedelic stage for the sport's most modern update—glow bowling.
Aside from providing a hub for clean, family-friendly fun, Grandview Lanes actively supports the community by helping the fundraising efforts of organizations such as the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada and The Kensington Foundation for Animals in Crisis.
Snack on tasty pub fare at Rocket Alley Bar and Grill, a local favorite. Low-fat fare is not available here, so leave some room in your diet. Rocket Alley Bar and Grill also provides alcohol, so diners don't have to worry about bringing their own bottle. Don't miss the happy hour food and drink specials, where a great bargain is always in sight. Enjoy wifi here free of cost. Open air seating is ready for diners at Rocket Alley Bar and Grill when the weather is warm.
Weekend diners may find themselves waiting for a table, as Friday and Saturday nights tend to draw a crowd. Diners who appreciate a no-frills environment come to Rocket Alley Bar and Grill in jeans and a hoodie. Or, take your grub to-go.
Drivers can find a space for their wheels on the street when dining at the restaurant's N Olympic Ave business.
There's no need to bust your budget at Rocket Alley Bar and Grill, with most meals costing under $15. Early risers and night owls alike can enjoy Rocket Alley Bar and Grill since it serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
Deemed one of the top places to hold a birthday party by readers of the Richmond News, The Zone Bowling Centre and its gleaming lanes host several leagues and themed parties at each of two locations. For an added element of mystique, cosmic bowling takes place on Fridays, featuring dimmed lights, atmospheric music, and bowling balls that form various constellations at will.