Named the Best Place to go Bowling in Indy Week’s Best of the Triangle 2011 and 2012, The Alley exhibits a genuine retro charm with 24 original hardwood lanes and classic paper scorecards. They also seek to appeal to night owls with a 1 a.m. closing time Friday and Saturday. After spending hours toppling pins, bowlers can divert their attention with flat-screen TVs showing laneside sports and a state-of-the-art sound system blasting toe-tapping didgeridoo drones. They can also purchase lunch and dinner fare from the expanding menu at The Balcony, which replenishes famished bowlers with savory burgers and fries.
Buffaloe Lanes facilitates retro entertainment by offering open bowling, leagues for all ages, and arcade games. Each lane boasts bumper capabilities, which makes games easier for younger bowlers or those with oval-shaped bowling balls. Bowlers can also host parties at Buffaloe Lanes, during which groups gather in one of the private rooms to unwrap presents and sing to cakes before eating them. The smoke-free and alcohol-free facilities also host snack bars with soft drinks and concessions.
With 18 sparkling lanes, fully automatic scoring, a pro shop, and a full bar and grill, Rainbow Lanes entices rollers of all ages to enjoy a classic pastime in a timeless environment. Quartets of bowlers lace up rented kicks before lobbing giant marbles down slicked-up lanes, with gutters guarded by optional bumpers to aid beginners and those writing dissertations on ricochets. While crashing through cliques of pins, groups can slake hungers with slices of a gooey two-topping pizza, great for pairing with conversations about celebratory dance techniques and sips from a pitcher of soda or beer.
One of the most common bowling game interrupters is the human need to ingest food, a dilemma Country Club Lanes West solves by serving savory snacks and crisp beverages inside their bowling facility. Chili fries drizzled with cheese, 6-ounce hamburgers, and slices of pepperoni pizza spring forth from the snack bar to fuel players caught up in high-scoring games and documentarians chronicling their search for the 11th pin. Postbowling celebrations kick off in the Showtime Lounge, where revelers start games of billiards and darts while sipping on a selection of draft brews, including Yuengling, Fat Tire, and Budweiser.
Balls hurtle toward pins on 24 well-oiled bowling boulevards at B&B Lanes, where groups, teams, and individuals hone gutter-hugging techniques seven days each week. Each lane hosts up to six bowlers at a time and features a lounge area with ample room for groups to stretch their bowling legs between frames. The alley also hosts an onsite kitchen with quick and hearty snacks that hungry players can slide across the butter-soaked lanes for extra flavor. The seven-day bowling schedule includes extended hours on weekends, along with glow-in-the-dark bowling hours that provide an experience similar to bowling in bioluminescent reefs.
Triad Lanes offers bowlers of all levels recreational and competitive atmospheres. Beyond the well-oiled boards and gutters, it features onsite amenities, as well as youth bowling, indoor bumper cars, and birthday parties. In addition to open hours, the alley hosts special events, such as the Lightning Strikes Light Show, each Friday and Saturday at 9 p.m.