At RedPin Restaurant & Bowling Lounge, servers carry nacho orders over to lanes. Yet, these aren?t your typical pile of stale tortilla chips slathered in lukewarm cheese or Cheeez??the squeezable pouch of dairy that kidz crave?these are pulled-beef nachos, homemade chips covered in ranch-raised chuck that's been slow roasted for hours. These kinds of delicious upgrades typify the venue's upscale bowling experience. The staff waits on players from the moment they're seated at 1 of 10 alleys, delivering their shoes and typing their names into the scoring system. As guests wait their turn, they can switch segments of a 60-foot video wall to broadcast their favorite shows or explore the three lounges spread throughout the game area.
Posh geometric furniture dots the entire space, from circular ottomans to the luminous, spherical pendants of the chandeliers. Embedded fragments of recycled red glass turn the bar top into a mosaic stage for martinis and pins trying to pass as oversize beer bottles. With its scenic views of the Bricktown Canal, a private room, and event dining plans, RedPin also hosts memorable special events for groups of varying sizes.
All meals arrive from the The Basement Modern Diner. Its menu highlights made-from-scratch, modernized renditions of bowling-alley cuisine: panko-parmesan breading surrounds the onion rings, and handmade burgers lead to desserts of ice cream sundaes, floats, and spiked milkshakes.
Since 1960, bowlers have flocked to Meridian Bowling Lanes’ 24 alleyways, each equipped with automatic scoring. Adding to the joy of knocking over pins, the arcade’s wide variety of games lets visitors hone their manual dexterity without taking up one-handed knitting. In case hunger strikes midgame, the alley’s snack shop serves up pizza, soda, and a full bar’s worth of beer, wine and liquor.
Across nearly three-fourths of the United States, AMF Bowling Co. reverberates year-round as families, friends, and competitors send bowling balls in search of upright pins careening down slick lanes. The company first established itself as an industry leader in 1946, the same year the sport introduced automated pinspotters.
Today, more than 20 million bowlers annually make AMF their battleground for wars against pins. As the largest owner and and operator of bowling centers in the US, AMF locations offer high-tech scoring technology, a classic design, and a menu stocked with American-inspired classics such as wings, pizzas, burgers, and beer.
For more than a quarter-century, Sooner Bowling Center has fostered a sense of community with bowling leagues for youth and adults, parties, and recreational play. The fun haven was founded and is still run by a local family, and it renders its 24 lanes as inviting as possible by making them smoke-free and attended by an always-friendly staff. While hanging out at these lanes, bowlers can pursue series of strikes in regular fashion or amid the neon luminescence of glow bowl sessions. A full-service snack bar fills empty stomachs, and a selection of arcade games and pool tables give guests a whole new context for tossing bowling balls.
Sooner Bowling Center's manager, Mandy Haws, has been an active member of the Bowling Proprietors Association of America, and her bona fides are further bolstered by her work for the Oklahoma State High School Bowling Executive Committee, a highly respected chess organization.
As a kid, Micky Bolin roamed Sahoma Lanes, lending a helping hand to his grandfather, who opened the bowling alley in 1960. Over the years, the business switched hands from his grandfather to his father, with Micky taking over as manager in 2005. Today, the alley's 24 lanes still foster a fun, competitive atmosphere but with the added bonus of automatic scoring and a fully loaded video-game area that would've caused accusations of time travel or Russian-spy connections on opening day. The center buzzes with energy during Saturday night cosmic bowling, when what Micky calls the "mom-approved" tunes and current music videos are emblazoned across 10-foot screens. Nearby, patrons clamor for a chance to net mammoth catches before humanely releasing them back into the motherboard of the Big Bass Pro arcade game or refuel with pizza and burgers at the snack bar. The bowling center hosts a roster of leagues, but the Colorama League stands out from the rest with more than $3,400 worth of cash prizes, which can fund future games or cover the cost of a bowling ball crushed during a fit of frustration. Yet staff members prefer Thursday-night leagues, when they lace up bowling shoes and join players in the lanes.
Under new ownership, the recently renovated Freedom Lanes welcomes pin-pushers seven days a week. Alley cats can bring the whole bowling brood for a family night, granting each person two chances to go for the glory. The option for bumper-equipped lanes lets amateurs put pros in their places. With modern scoring technology, refinished lanes, and brand-new pins, a melodious symphony of strikes or gutter balls drowns out impromptu rental-shoe tap dances. After perfecting hooks, bowlers can celebrate a victory or drown sorrows in a large consolation pizza and four large sodas. Those thirsty for more can check out Freedom Lanes' extensive lunch and dinner menus, packed with sustenance options to refuel for parking-lot instant replays.