Balls rumble down World Bowl’s 40 polished lanes as the glowing lights of video projection screens glint off determined bowlers’ eyes. Seated beside their chosen lane, bowlers can lace up their shoes, listen for the echoes of crashing pins, and refer to a computerized scoring system that keeps track of every strike, spare, and wandering turkey. Between games, roll over to World Bowl's fully licensed snack barwhere servers refill empty stomachs and hollow bowling balls with pizza and drinks such as draft beer, cocktails, and wine. Bowlers can also opt to check out disco bowling on Friday and Saturday nights for alley antics paired with hip-shaking tunes or sharpen their hand-eye coordination through button-smashing melees or foosball matches in the arcade.
A chorus of scattering pins fills the air at All Star Interactive, a two-floor complex where guests hurl bowling balls down 24 lanes equipped with automatic scoring. A casual atmosphere awaits downstairs, where guests can compete in classic bowling or cosmic bowling. Upstairs, the Danforth Suite houses 12 private lanes amid dark leather lounge chairs and sofas, large-screen TVs, a full-service bar, and commissioned Canadian art illuminated by pendant lights. The upscale alleyway hosts private parties, corporate events, league games, and seminars on what to do if you encounter a bowling ball in the wild. And while bowling is clearly All Star Interactive's main draw, it's far from its only attraction. Guests can also square off in games of billiards and dine on a menu of classic grill fare.
Bowling is the great social equalizer—a common ground where grizzled undercover clowns, blue-collar English lords, LARPer librarians, satyrs, hordes of hive-minded hipsters, and the other two social demographics that comprise Mensa International can unite in common cause and topple a gaggle of stuck-up, inanimate wooden pins. Brunswick has been a household name in this egalitarian pastime almost since the beginning, with a company history that dates back to the 19th century, providing classic good times to all manner of dames, gents, and wee little ball-boys and ball-girls throughout the land. And with today's Groupon uniting the people in a flurry of ball-hurling fun, you'll get to play two games (up to a $10 value) in its hallowed halls wearing a pair of freshly disinfected bowling shoes (up to a $3.99 value). Each of the arena-esque alleys features between 32 and 48 lanes, so fear of arriving and finding yourself laneless is possible but minimal, like an Antarctica-sized asteroid landing exactly on Antarctica.
Computerized scoring tracks bowlers’ adventures on Streetsville Bowl’s 12 lanes, documenting their every victory or defeat over an opposing army of five pins. Optional bumpers can shift the battle's odds in players’ favor, preventing balls from rolling away into the gutter or off to pacifist colonies to exist alongside pins in harmony. During breaks from the action, players can refuel with snack-bar fare such as piping-hot mozzarella sticks, or man the joysticks at the onsite arcade.
As the home of the TSN Classic Bowl Championship, Classic Bowl sees its share of high-stakes bowling. Even during recreational matches, the alley’s shimmering lights reflect the competitive glint in bowlers’ eyes as they stare out at the polished surfaces of 60 lanes that span 70,000 square feet. The echoes of crashing pins resonate throughout this expansive space seven days a week and reach their zenith during cosmic bowling on weekends, when party lights set matches aglow and pins sway to the beats of popular tunes spun by a live DJ. In between games, recharge with food and drinks at a full-service bar or sharpen hand-eye rapport during button-smashing melees in the arcade. Experts at the on-site pro shop equip bowlers with gear, offer helpful advice for improving scores, and feed energy bars to the hamsters that thanklessly propel balls toward their targets.
Boasting 18 computerized lanes, Kempview Bowl delights five-pin hitters with recently renovated amenities and an energy-boosting sound system. A group of six friends or one-and-half barbershop quartets can tame the lanes for two hours while munching on unlimited popcorn and showing off comfortably functional bowling shoes. The modern billiard hall entreats the senses with wall-to-wall flat screens, which display bowler-requested music videos and sporting events, and entertains kids with fun-enhancing gutter bumpers. On Friday and Saturday, glo bowl lights up the lanes, offering a comforting neon oasis for ball whirlers who often find themselves covered in felt Grateful Dead posters.