Bowling in Walnut Creek


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People have been tossing bowling balls down Manor Bowl?s 30 lanes since 1960. Open daily, the bowling center fills its lanes with leagues vying for the top spot, as well as groups of friends, families, and couples out for the night. A special youth program leads kids through 10 weeks of bowling with fun dress-up days and weekly awards such as Most Improved and Best Smelling Bowling Ball. The center?s designated party room refuels partygoers with pizza and pop in between rounds of bowling, and sends them off with T-shirts and souvenir bowling pins.

887 Manor Blvd
San Leandro,
CA
US

When it comes to fun at Bowlmor Lanes, folks aren't locked into just bowling, though there's plenty of that. Glow-in-the-dark lanes and banquette seating beckon players to try their hand at bowling or chill out and order drinks and snacks from lane-side servers. But for the pin-weary, there are other forms of entertainment including billiards, air hockey, and ping pong for purchase. These myriad amenities make Bowlmor Lanes a destination for group get-togethers such as birthdays and "No-Kevins-Allowed" club meetings.

1580 Pinole Valley Rd
Pinole,
CA
US

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.

3501 Village Dr
Castro Valley,
CA
US

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.

6750 Regional St.
Dublin,
CA
US

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.

5000 Balfour Rd.
Brentwood,
CA
US

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.

3176 17th St
San Francisco,
CA
US