Bowling center outfits feet with lane-approved kicks before challenging groups of two or four to trio of pin-punishing bouts
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West Valley Bowl
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Two games and shoe rental at a bowling alley with a lounge and cafe
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Santa Cruz Bowls Club
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West Lane Bowl
Bowlers lace-up shoes to play two games and feast on pizza and soda
Serra Bowl provides pin hunters with a comfortable, state-of-the-art environment in which to ply their strike-seeking skills. Take advantage of bowling’s distinctively stealthy footwear to sneak up on the flocks of unsuspecting game roosting on the alley’s 44 gleaming lanes—each of which can be outfitted with bumpers, the bowler’s version of a laser scope. A high-tech Qubica scoring system is available to track the pin count and vindicate the view that math skills have no real-world applications, and a friendly staff is on-hand to help with the equipment, explain bowling’s rules, and settle arguments over which of the Wright brothers was taller. Exhausted orb hurlers can replenish their strength at the alley’s snack bar or fully stocked on-site cocktail lounge, or they can opt to give their brains a much-needed break from the complexities of the game with some therapeutic button pushing in the game room. Serra Bowl is open until 2 a.m. or later seven nights a week, and around the clock on Saturdays, giving werewolves a wholesome alternative to their traditional nocturnal activity—drag racing.
Manor Bowl's 30 lanes have hosted rousing displays of tenpin pyrotechnics for half a century. Seven days a week, the alley's 60-foot lanes beckon pairs to slip into supportive, nonslippery bowling shoes for two rounds of hurling globes like a Greek god hurling bolts of good vibes. Overhead scoring units let carousers keep an eye on the competition while traipsing to the bar for a draft beer, and bumper bowling caters to out-of-shape balls afraid of getting their love handles stuck in the gutter.
County Club Bowl has been hosting the pin-busters of Marin County since 1959, remaining a fixture of fun by maintaining amenities beyond bowling lanes. Bowlers can hurl their ammo down 40 automatically scored Brunswick lanes, including ones with optional bumpers that enable players to work all the angles against their cocky pin foes. Groups of four can vie for strike production supremacy or forge New Age scoring systems that award points based on the beauty of the pin formations left standing. Quench ball-hurling-generated thirst with two included pitchers of soda, or swing past in-house Villa York Pizza & Grill for specialty pies and subs. Bowlers can celebrate gutter evasion in the Candlestick Lounge, outfitted with a full bar and sports-blasting plasma TVs. Three billiard tables and an arcade room expand entertainment beyond the lanes.
Bel Mateo Bowl, home to 24 newly-installed Murrey synthetic alleys, fully automatic scoring, brilliant LCD monitors, and automated bumper bowling, provides family-friendly pin pulverizing seven days a week. Black-lit lanes illuminate bowling balls as they travel down the center's slick alleys during Planet Bowl, held each Friday and Saturday evening and fueled by colorful lights, upbeat tunes, and gravity. In addition to hosting leagues and bowling camps for kids, the colorful bowling center stocks a snack bar and serves drinks at a cocktail lounge punctuated by big-screen TVs. The alley's arcade room, complete with glowing air-hockey table, driving games, and pinball, hosts gaming kids and inner children alike, and karaoke on Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday encourages lively covers of popular tunes and somber odes to fallen bowling pins.
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.
Castro Village Bowl facilitates hours of pin-felling entertainment from early morning until late in the evening. The alley hosts 32 well-maintained lanes with automatic scoring machines and bumpers for bowlers under the age of 7. In addition to open hours, Castro Village Bowl provides league opportunities for children, adults, and families, finally giving parents the perfect justification for having named their daughter "Pin Crusher." A snack bar and full-service cocktail lounge is also available to provide refreshments for postgame celebrations.
Double Decker powers its ball returns and lights its 50 slick boulder-tossing lanes with energy harnessed by roof-mounted solar panels. After slipping on rented shoes, party members stake their two-hour claim on a lane boasting automatic scoreboards, bumpers, and color commentary from retired pins. Trounce hunger with one large pizza ($12) and a pitcher of soda ($5), or unwind between frames in a lounge area replete with big screen TVs, a full service bar, and pool tables.
Picture a bowling alley and you might imagine some smoke-filled dump—in other words, the polar opposite of what Mission Bowling Club actually is. The owners have created a space that blends an upscale gastropub with a six-lane, lounge-style bowling alley where mixologists prepare drinks for bowlers seated at half-moon booths. After a few games, players head into the restaurant, where they feast on upscale takes on classic American fare. Dishes include the apple cider risotto, sausage corn dogs with habanera crema, and root-beer glazed duck breast.
Though the lounge is usually 21 and over, kids and teens can enter with adults during family bowl on weekend afternoons. That’s also when the lounge prepares a full brunch menu, cooking up fried chicken and waffles, french toast with marscapone, and Dungeness crab Benedict. If the weather is nice, the front patio is a great place to enjoy the view or kickstart a petition to make bowling balls our new currency.
Earl Anthony's Dublin Bowl is an homage to champion bowler Earl Anthony, a six-time PBA Player of the Year and a member of the PBA and ABC Halls of Fame. Fittingly, Anthony's namesake bowling alley takes the sport as seriously as he did?it features 40 championship lanes, each equipped with Brunswick Vector automatic scoring to prevent players from having to borrow their neighbors' fingers and toes for adding purposes. In between games, players can wet their lips in the full-service bar, chow down on pizzas and sandwiches at the snack bar, and catch the game on the lounge's big screen TV. And, on Saturday nights, the lights drop and lasers flare during Solar Extreme bowl, a cosmic event that features a light show with music and videos, and rages until 1:30 a.m.
It would be hard for many citizens of Fremont to remember a time before Cloverleaf Family Bowl. David and Marian Hillman opened the center back in 1963, and it's been a destination for friendly competition ever since. That's not to say there haven't been some changes over the years. Today, Cloverleaf Family Bowl features automatic bumpers on each of its 44 lanes, HD televisions in the sports lounge, and a special glow-bowling event that takes over the entire facility with more fog, lights, and music than you could find in even the grooviest swamp.
These games can stretch well into the evening (the center stays open until 2 a.m. every day), but there are plenty of reasons to stick around besides bowling. Saturdays mean karaoke, although any visit can include a game of pool or a trip to the pizza and food court, which serves up everything from breakfast pizzas to late-night burgers. That extra boost of caloric energy just might be the deciding factor in clenching the top score in one of Cloverleaf's many tournaments?which they host for kids, adults, and senior citizens.
If not for the occasional clatter of pins, Bowlmor Lanes' bright and modern decor and its full-service dining room could be mistaken for a lively nightclub. The sleek establishment’s gleaming lanes exude a glamorous charm not often found in bowling alleys. Adding to the ambience is a high-end sports bar and glow-in-the-dark lighting that illuminates each bowling pin.
At Harvest Park Bowl, the sounds of family bonding cut through the clatter of resin against wood. Up and down 32 lanes, groups cheer strikes, sing happy birthday to children and especially favored bowling balls, and munch crispy wings from the snack bar. And these sounds aren't just confined to the alley?they also spread into the game room to compete with the bells and boings of arcade games. Between frames, bowlers can keep up with sports on the eight big-screen TVs or head over to Aaron Pawloski's Bowlers Choice Pro Shop to pick out bowling gear and sign up for private lessons.
All across California, Western Bowling Proprietors Association sends pins scattering at a network of bowling alleys, each with its own personality. In addition to open bowl on automatically scored lanes, many locations host special events that heighten the experience with enhancements such as vibrant lights, lively music, and laser systems that do double duty protecting the alleys' diamond collections. The alleys also house refreshment facilities, pro shops, and diversions that range from arcade games to billiards.
The echoes of spheres hitting wood and toppling pins, followed by celebratory cheers bounce from lane-to-lane inside West Valley Bowl seven days per week. Competitors of all ages clash during league play, open lane games, or cosmic bowling on Fridays and Saturdays, which, in between frames, shifts the spotlight onto a live deejay and karaoke performances. After attempting to climb onto the top scores list by using perfect form or bribing crooked pins to "trip over", bowlers can waltz into the center's lounge, where electric dart boards, pool tables, and televisions provide an oil-free alternative to the gleam of bowling lanes. For further refreshment, Johnny's Diner refuels sphere-flingers with burgers and sandwiches, and an on-site pro shop helps players improve games with equipment upgrades and bifocals for older balls.
If everything lines up just right, you might hear the thunder of 240 pins tumbling at Windsor Bowl. True, that's not entirely likely?every day, the 24-lane alley welcomes bowlers of any skill level, whether they?re gathering for a pickup game or participating in one of the men?s, women?s, or junior leagues. Automatic scoring tallies up all your strikes and spares, while optional bumper rails keep balls from rolling into the gutter or off to a safe house where strangers won?t fling them at pins.
Bowling?s not the only thing that draws families to Windsor Bowl. Billiards tables and a large-screen TV await visitors in the lounge. Between there and the caf?, there are plenty of spaces to gather for post-game brews, slices of pizza, or even healthy garden salads.