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.
There are bowling alleys where you can go and just bowl. And then there's ACME Bowl?a 51,000-square-foot facility that contains two alleys, as well as an arcade, billiards room, two shuffleboard tables, multiple dining areas, and a bar?where you can do more, and often simultaneously. At any of The Alley's 30 glittering lanes, for example, you can have food delivered lane-side from the on-site restaurant, The Break Room. The Break Room's lineup of Big Lebowski nachos, sweet chili Thai pizzas, and lavish burgers gives your non-bowling hand something to do besides write a condolence card for the pins' family.
Private parties, meanwhile, can settle in away from the crowd at Seven10, a private lounge with 10 lanes flanked by leather couches and 150" projection screens. Smaller HD screens are mounted above nine-foot Brunswick pool tables at Q Billiards, broadcasting everything from NBA to World Cup games. The entire family-friendly venue is non-smoking.
Staff Size: 11?25 people
Average Duration of Services: 1?2 hours
Handicap Accessible: No
Parking: Parking lot
Recommended Age Group: All Ages
Though its amenities have grown significantly since its founding in 1958, Kent Bowl is, and has always been, all about one thing: bowling. At first, the 24-lane establishment sat next door to a livestock yard. It stayed in business thanks to bowling alone, with a mere three employees to its name, until Jack Zaborac took over. He and his wife cultivated the alley, adding a snack bar and eight more lanes and beginning to host tournaments. Their first tournament coaxed out 150 bowlers; to date, their largest summoned 8,900 aficionados of the sport.
The owners have organized competitions for sport and charity and operated a bowling program for the handicapped for more than four decades. These accomplishments has caused Kent Bowl to earn a reputation as a serious and family-friendly bowling ally, an aura they maintain today by not adding any video arcades or gambling games to distract from their feature attraction.
West Seattle Bowl's lanes are a piece of West Seattle history, even if they don't look it at first glance. Strip away the modern scoring system, the updated decor, and 18 of the now 32 lanes, and it's easy to imagine the families of pilgrims bowling at the alley's grand opening in 1948. Since those early days. West Seattle Bowl has benefited the community beyond just giving it a fun place to rack up Xs and /s. The owners regularly host charity-bowling events, which have brought in roughly $100,000 annually during recent years.
West Seattle Bowl is as much about specials as it is about good old-fashioned bowling. Weekenders can take advantage of Saturday mornings' "Breakfast & Bowl," for example, where the on-site Highstrike Grill serves up three complimentary games of bowling with its eggs. Bowlers can also gear up in fluorescents from the pro-shop for a Saturday night in the GlowZone?black-lit bowling set to music.
Time has a way of slowing down inside Skyway Park Bowl. People hold their breath for those few moments after they release their bowling balls. In the Lucky Dragonz Poker Room, dealers run frequent Texas Hold'em tournaments. The air is ripe with anticipation, especially when there's an opportunity to win some money, as happens regularly.
Other evenings bring more special events. On Thursdays, cosmic bowl turns on the black lights. Karaoke takes place every night, and live bands show up on weekends, like office workers who want to beat Monday traffic. The nightclub room doubles as a dining destination, where an onsite restaurant serves BBQ duck noodle soup and other Vietnamese cuisine. The nightclub room can also be rented for weddings, birthday parties, and other events.
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.