There are few sounds more distinct than that of a bowling ball smacking into a pack of pins. That sound surely triggers a set of childhood memories, tossing balls down the lane while willing them to steer clear of the gutter with your mind. Pla Mor Lanes invites guests to relive old memories and create new ones on their 24 bowling lanes. Kids can cheer on one another during parties, while the older crowd hits the alley on Friday and Saturday nights, when black lights illuminate the alley for cosmic bowling and definitively prove that their dandruff shampoo is working.
At George Pappas' Victory Lanes, there are plenty of opportunities for people of all ages and experience levels to take a lane, from morning coffee-and-donut get-togethers for seniors to evening leagues for youths and adults. Reservations are available for birthday and corporate parties. Although bowling takes top billing, customers can check out billiards, the arcade, and The Finish Line restaurant, a full-service eatery with an extensive menu of breakfast, salads, pizza, dinner entrees, and cups of warm milk that will make your bowling pins so tired they'll fall over on their own.
Northcross Lanes at the Lake facilitates friendly competition for families, groups, and individuals with 40 bowling lanes, a laser-tag dome arena, and a full video arcade. Bright lights ricochet from skee-ball and air-hockey games, where players compete for tickets they can redeem for prizes at the game counter. Birthday party packages include food from the onsite kitchen, which serves cheeseburgers, hot sandwiches, and made-from-scratch pizzas. The 41st Lane Lounge hosts several pool tables along with regular karaoke and occasional sets from live bands.
Hard plastic chairs scattered around a table. Hot dogs rolling slowly on a warming belt. Charred ashtrays sitting forlornly on Formica counters. All are common sights at a lot of bowling alleys.
But not at StrikeCity, a spot billed as "a 21st century multimedia, bowling, dining, and private-event facility." And there is, in fact, plenty to do here besides bowl. There are 75 HD video screens installed throughout three bars, each loaded with countless sports subscriptions?and any game you can't watch can still be followed on the massive ticker running near the ceiling. Some of those TVs also perch above the row of 18 lanes outfitted with digital scoring systems and colorful lighting. Pops of color appear elsewhere, thanks to the Andy Warhol-style prints of Marilyn Monroe and the bright red necklaces every bowling pin wears for good luck.
The thunder of rolling bowling balls echoes throughout George Pappas' Liberty Lanes, as games commence on its 32 polished lanes. Gutter bumpers and a snack bar are just a few of the amenities at this family-friendly alley, which specializes in all-ages league bowling. Games and decor?such as a giant inflatable bowling pin?inject a bit of lighthearted fun into birthdays and corporate events, but the mood really changes during cosmic bowling, when an otherworldly blue glow bathes the alley and the sound of crashing pins is softened by upbeat tunes.
Creekside Lanes provides strong-forearmed rollers with the greasy lanes necessary to perform the age-old ritual of multi-pin destruction. Don the motley footwear required to enjoy two full rounds of cannonball heaving, and stop in on Friday and Saturday night for cosmic bowling. Twosomes of bowling neophytes can rely on the forgiving support of ball-embracing bumpers, and pin-thrashing veterans can sustain their serious matches with trash talk, pointing out their competitors’ uncanny resemblance to Night Court characters. Although not included in the Groupon, a game room offers billiards and video games for those who are bowled out but want to stick around and soak in Creekside Lanes’ friendly, welcoming atmosphere without spending the night in a cozy air duct.