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.
Lucky Strike Lanes debuted its first location in Hollywood. Wanting to pay homage to its predecessor, Lucky Strike purchased Lane #7 from Star Lanes and made it Lucky Strike Hollywood’s bar. It’s been good luck ever since. Seven years and 19 locations later Lucky Strike Lanes continues to roll its way across the country.
Tech City Bowl offers a fusion of modern and classic entertainment, as 170-inch high-definition screens hover above the center's 32 lanes. The facility hosts open-bowling hours throughout the week, and allows customers to earn redemption tickets that may be redeemed for video games, radio-controlled helicopters, cameras, and more. They also offer league opportunities for adults and children, as well as interactive bowling games such as Rocky Road Race. Every Friday and Saturday night, Tech City Bowl takes on fluorescent hues and black-lit lanes for Cosmic X-Bowl. Laser lights and fog machines fill the alley with special effects, and a live DJ spins dance-worthy tunes that are broadcast on the high-definition screens. In the adjacent arcade, players can test abilities on air hockey and video games, and the onsite sports bar fills empty glasses with classic libations and seasonal microbrews. Bowlers can refuel in between rounds at the center's grill, which serves a full menu to keep hungry players from cracking open their bowling balls onto frying pans.
During the day, the space echoes with sounds like thunderclaps, but on weekend nights, black lights and thumping music move in and take over. It could be one of two things: a bowling alley or a rave on Mount Olympus. Spin Alley Bowling Center is the former—a playground for friendly competition, where mythology is made with every 7-10 split or series of strikes. This bowling alley features five big-box speakers and a large screen that broadcasts music videos, as well as a full bar and a restaurant that dishes out piping-hot pizzas. Every Friday and Saturday night, Spin Alley lets its hair down during cosmic bowling, a multisensual experience where sound, light, and fog add a festive element to the game.
Robin Hood Lanes attracts a discerning bowling crowd by rolling out a no-frills, classic bowling experience complete with 24 polished wood lanes. Grab rental shoes (a $3 value/pair), pick out a weighted sphere, and come swing a ball at 10 nervous pins, who might consider increasing their life-insurance policies as you take aim for two games (a $3.50 value/game/person until 6 p.m.; a $4.50 value/game/person from 6 p.m. to close). Bumper-bowling lanes are available for gutter opposers, and children 15 and younger can bowl for free all summer long (2 games/day until 6 p.m.; shoe rental not included and online registration required). When famished strikers and sparers need refueling, the on-site Friar Tuck Inn restaurant provides a selection of alleyway fare. Robin Hood Lanes keeps balls rolling until 1 a.m. on Friday and Saturday nights and midnight every other night of the week, perfect for showing owls how much fun they could be having if they weren't always out hunting for the perfect nest lantern.
Lynnwood Bowl and Skate has sprung from a history so illustrious that the city of Lynnwood awarded its owners with a certificate officially recognizing its impact on local culture. That history began in 1956, when Lynnwood Lanes first opened. Two years later came Lynnwood Roll-A-Way, which was a separate endeavor until Lynnwood Bowl and Skate's current owners merged the businesses in 2006 with a major revamp. In August of that year, a renovation team resurfaced the lanes and roller rink, updated the computerized bowling system to accommodate the entirely new post-Y2K numeric system, and installed a glass door between the bowling alley and skating rink.
In addition to structural renovations, a fresh staff worked out the kinks that previously plagued the Bowl and Skate; they abolished leagues in lieu of exclusively open bowling hours and further diversified the center's activities by erecting the Asteroid climbing wall, a space-themed expanse of glowing handholds. Once visitors have exhausted their energy stores at the climbing wall, bowling lanes, or skating rink, they can gear up for round two at The Roll Bar, where cocktails flow alongside burgers and pizzas and skate-clad visitors flatten out too-thick crusts by rolling over them.
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.