At Metro Bowl, 40 slick lanes, state-of-the-art equipment, and flavorful concessions sate pin-busting cravings within a newly renovated interior. Monitors track and display scores as bowlers compete against friends, family, or time-displaced future selves. Large pizzas from the concession stand fill the air with tantilizing scents, and arcade games entertain players in between sets. Given the alley’s high volume of food, fun, and heavy objects, it’s no wonder that the space often attracts big name athletes, including former LSU football player and Indianapolis Colt Joseph Addai.
Circle Bowling Lanes has been hosting bowling bashes—particularly accommodating of families—for more than 50 years. Thirty-two slick lanes score automatically, allowing ample time to test motor skills at the arcade or snag eats at the full-service snack bar. Cheesy pizzas arrive steaming from the oven beside golden-fried appetizers and brimming pitchers of root beer, Coke, and Dr. Pepper’s lesser-known cousin, Mr. Salt, M.B.A. The recreation haven even offers weekend galactic-bowling sessions that shower patrons with neon lights, fog, and bumping music.
Tiger Lanes Bowling Center unites loved ones and liked ones in the traditional American pastime of heaving heavy balls at wooden targets. With an hour at their disposal, pin-clobbering enthusiasts have ample time to hash lace their rental shoes and warm up their fingers before taking the bowler's mound, greasing up their three-holed spheres, and toppling pins like a corrupt government. Each lane accommodates up to eight players, allowing a single alley to be shared by a large family, small community group, or baseball team trying to ditch its obnoxious left fielder.
With the clatter of bowling pins, the pings and buzzes of skee-ball, and the cries of victory from the laser-tag arena, the freewheeling return to youth that Quarters grants its grownup visitors is palpable. The 40,000-square-foot facility lets the good times roll as late as 2 a.m. on Friday and Saturday evenings, offering a dose of after-hours entertainment that makes ordinary bars and clubs pale in comparison. Adding to the adult appeal is an on-site restaurant serving artisan bar snacks such as hand-battered onion rings and half-pound turkey burgers, topped off with classic and creative cocktails mixed with Bombay gin and Avion tequila.
Visitors indulge their competitive spirits within the multi-level laser tag arena, which pits two teams against each other in series of six-minute mock firefights. Teams navigate the maze of obstacles, ramps, and benevolent minotaurs, earning points by tagging opponents or ambushing one of the eight bases scattered throughout the arena. The plush couches that line Quarters' 10 bowling lanes also beckon competitors, as does a multi-table billiards room and an arcade packed with classic games such as Pac Man and air hockey.