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.
Dell Lanes hosts friendly competition among players throughout the week with regular bowling hours or laser bowling sessions on its collection of classic five-pin lanes furnished with plush couches and automatic scoring. The alley dims its lights and dusts off its futuristic hues for laser bowling each Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. At the on-site bar and lounge, the kitchen staff fires up a full menu of traditional pub fare including house-made pizza, burgers, and beef sandwiches. Dell Lanes also hosts leagues for children, adults, and seniors, allowing the entire family to hone its skills for settling the neighbourly feud with the sparrows in the backyard birdhouse.
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 host men's, women's, and seniors' leagues, and 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.
Twelve lanes of polished wood stretch from players to pins at Viking Bowl & Restaurant. Bowlers can pick the perfect ball from the long racks of weighted spheres, and they can blast as many pins as possible while automatic scoring screens keep tabs for them. Competitive play flourishes at the billiards tables, too. A click-clacking sounds as pool shooters sink a corner shot or hula-hoop with the triangular rack. Patrons can also hunker down in the full-service restaurant and feast on pizza, burgers, and hot wings before heading out for another 10 frames.
Since 1964, Town ‘N Country Bowl has provided the Vancouver area with classic 10-pin entertainment spiked with modern innovations such as automatic scoring and glow-in-the-dark balls. Lane-side tables can be stocked with offerings from Town ‘N Country Bowl's on-site kitchen, which serves a full menu of entrees and appetizers including barbecue beef burgers, chicken strips, and sweet potato fries to keep hungry bowlers from trying to crack balls open to get to their marshmallow filling. The comfortable facility boasts several synthetic lanes for both public and league bowling, and it also features a VIP lounge with a movie screen suspended above four private lanes. For celebrating bowlers, Town ‘N Country's party area surrounds guests with burgundy wall tones and overstuffed leather booths.
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.