The zigzagged awning and curvy lettering on the facade lends Nortel Lanes a charmingly retro feel. These vintage touches, however, belie the modern amenities within. Since opening in 1961, the alley has expanded from 24 lanes to 66, all equipped with high-tech flat-screened auto-scoring systems. Three lounges, meanwhile, allow players to unwind after tournaments, sing karaoke on Friday and Saturday nights, or practice their elaborate 26-move victory dances before their turn. On weekend nights, the colorful lights paint the room during cosmic bowling.
The independently owned Community Bowling Centers accommodate bowlers of all ages and abilities, featuring bumper-equipped lanes and lightweight balls designed for the hands of pintsize players. At 10 smoke-free locations throughout the region, guests enjoy open hours in addition to league opportunities and special events. The onsite bar serves ice-cold cups of soda or beer, which guests may raise in toasts to friendship and man's ability to hydrate himself. On select evenings, the alley lights turn down and the ethereal illumination of Glow N Bowl takes over with laser-light shows and fog machines. As balls roll down phosphorescent lanes, a sound track of thumping beats and alien distress calls saturates the space.
Lido Lanes is a family-friendly bowling center offering a safe, clean environment for bowlers of all ages and skill levels. Each of the 16 waxen alleys sports a seating area, slimming lighting for weight-conscious bowling balls, and an automatic scoring system that spares bowlers the hassle of learning the game's complex scoring algorithms and theorems (such as Fermat's Last Frame). Along with stylish shoes, the spoils of your tribe's lane domination treat you to one tantalizing appetizer from Lido Lanes' bar and grill.
Onion rings (a $3.40 value) provide circular sustenance, and deluxe nachos (a $4.90 value) roll in on spinning rims to satisfy the barbarian hunger generated by your three brawny ball battles. To accompany its guttural symphony of shattered strikes and exploding turkeys, Lido Lanes invites live bands, such as Chicago blues bands, country signers, and Irish bands, to rock out on the lanes during Rock N Bowl night.
Bowlero Lanes opened its doors in 1958. Since then, thanks to a few renovations, the bowling alley is still going strong. In addition to 32 bowling lanes, the alley has an arcade, pool tables, and a full-service bar and lounge that recently received new flatscreen TVs. The array of activities makes Bowlero Lanes a popular destination for events such as birthday parties, fundraisers, and fantasy bowling drafts.
At Penny Jo’s Eastern Lanes, children, seniors, and league pros all find satisfaction in the thunderstorm of pin clatter that ricochets off the waxed, hardwood lanes. The family-friendly alley welcomes patrons of all ages and skill levels to line up toes together, comparing form and ankle tattoos, and taking breaks from the game to socialize over bountiful pizza and soda from the onsite snack bar.
At Belmar II Bowling Center, humanity and pins square off across the length of 32 glimmering lanes. In between sips, gulps, or spit-takes of beer or pop, patrons hurl weighted orbs or trash-talking competitors at defiant tensomes, re-creating the sound of rolling thunder. During cosmic bowling on Friday nights, teeth and T-shirts come creepily to life under the black lights, and drink specials keep glasses clinking. Guests can roll for a cause at periodic fundraisers for the American Cancer Society.