Paradise Bowl is kind of ruining the curve for everybody, or at least for other bowling alleys. User-friendly Qubica machines keep track of the scores, freeing bowlers to wrack up turkeys during Wednesday night Quarter Mania—when every game costs $0.25—and Moonlight Bowling on Saturday nights, when players can bowl for bundles of cash. Every night of the week offers a different special for customers, and the lanes are filled with live music on the weekends. Sunday mornings are brightened by the Rent-a-Lane special, which garners bowlers an hour of unlimited games for $10 or two hours of unlimited games for $15, between 8 a.m. and 11 a.m. After some of the facility underwent a summer’s worth of renovations, the archetypal snack shop and its heat lamps has been replaced with a 1950s-style café with breakfast choices and a full-on bar and grill that serves American classics and comfort food, such as prime rib and pizza, as guests play pool and watch sports on LCD TVs and an outsized 120-inch screen.
Pat Johns may have earned a spot in Seattle’s Bowling Hall of Fame, but that doesn’t mean his work is done. These days, he runs Hiline Lanes, which welcomes casual bowlers and Junior Gold competitors alike in a fun and friendly atmosphere. Visitors can revel during Rock-n-Bowl sessions on Friday and Saturday nights, when glow in the dark balls ease on down the center as top-40 tunes and classic rock croons blast on the sound-system. Nearby, the 11th Frame Restaurant cooks up classic club sandwiches, milkshakes, and Italian sodas. Shoppers in the Hiline shop might even spot a TV-bowling celebrity, stopping by to get Pat’s insight into next season’s bowling shoe trends.
Narrows Plaza provides bowling fans with 40 synthetic lanes and a brand-new computerized scoring network that beams X's and /'s to 40-inch LCD screens. Bowling provides a middle ground for people of all ages and temperaments to bond over the breathless frustration of a 7-10 nightmare or the celebratory whooping of a successful turkey. All lanes come with the option to be bumperized so bowlers of any experience level can competently compete while balancing the fickle forces of geometry and physics.
The clatter of tumbling pins precipitate cheers over strikes and high scores in Roxbury Lanes & Casino’s bowling arena, and silent staring contests precede shouts of victory and wails of defeat in the venue’s daily poker tournaments. The tables feature many stripes of the classic card game, including Texas hold'em, four card, and pai gow, as well as double-deck blackjack. To refuel for further sporting, visitors retire to the built-in sports bar, where they chow down on new york strip steaks, custom burgers, and a full selection of breakfast eats in the comforting glow of flat-screen televisions and the bartender’s neon-rimmed glasses.