The clatter of pins ripples through Cloverleaf Lanes, which proudly plays host to the longest-running American bowling tournament. But one need not be a pro to fling a ball down these lanes. Ample open bowling times mean that even newbie bowlers get a chance to experiment with bowling grips, whether using three fingers, four fingers, or their feet. Between games, guests can perch on one of the chrome stools at the snack bar or quaff a tasty brew chosen from the lounge's beer menu.
Inside Miss Cue Sports Cafe, guests are greeted with the clatter of pool balls on 22 tables intermingling with the sound of laughter. Between table times, players shore up hand-eye coordination with games of shuffleboard and darts or play shrunken-down versions of sports, such as basketball shootout and foosball.
Sports fans keep one eye on the televisions scattered about the space and the other on the menu of Harry's Hot Dog Hut. The pure vienna beef hot dogs come with innovative toppings such as creamed peas, bacon, baked beans, and a spicy mango chutney made with a house recipe. The full-service bar stands at the ready to concoct libations that wash down dogs better than frosty mugs of mustard.
Lido Lanes is a family-friendly bowling center offering a safe, clean environment for bowlers of all ages and skill levels. Each of the 16 waxen alleys sports a seating area, slimming lighting for weight-conscious bowling balls, and an automatic scoring system that spares bowlers the hassle of learning the game's complex scoring algorithms and theorems (such as Fermat's Last Frame). Along with stylish shoes, the spoils of your tribe's lane domination treat you to one tantalizing appetizer from Lido Lanes' bar and grill. Onion rings (a $3.40 value) provide circular sustenance, and deluxe nachos (a $4.90 value) roll in on spinning rims to satisfy the barbarian hunger generated by your three brawny ball battles. To accompany its guttural symphony of shattered strikes and exploding turkeys, Lido Lanes invites live bands, such as Chicago blues bands, country signers, and Irish bands, to rock out on the lanes during Rock N Bowl night.
Home to more than 50 bowling leagues, Wickliffe Lanes' synthetic alleyways accommodate sphere hurlers of all skill levels seven days a week, which is one of the many reasons it earned Fox 8's Best Bowling award in 2010. Between frames, bowlers seek nourishment at two full-service bars or at the in-house grill; 12 billiard tables, an arcade, and 20 high-definition TVs also keep minds off high-stakes frames. The smoke-free bowling mecca hosts family-friendly open bowling and provides retractable bumpers, which eliminate gutter balls much like bicycle helmets eliminate bad hair days.
Though Ultimate Sports Bar & Grill is a great place to watch sports—its more than 30 HDTVs play NFL Sunday Ticket games each week—visitors don’t have to just sit there. Instead, they can play arcade machines, shoot pool at 15 tables and test their luck at darts. During breaks from Club Keno rounds and Golden Tee games, guests amble up to the bar to sample more than 50 Michigan-brewed beers. On Saturday evenings the bar brings in live bands to serenade guests until the music overtakes them and they put their shoes on their hands to prove they can still be spontaneous.