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.
Rainbow Lanes Family Fun Center invites pin shattering on more than 30 automatic scoring lanes. Between frames, patrons can crack cue on one of the alley's eight pool tables, improve motor coordination in Rainbow's arcade, try the miniature Himalaya ride, or chat with an experienced pro-shop worker about the days when balls rolled uphill both ways.
Sparians boasts 18 bowling lanes and plush couches which provide welcome reprieve when the hoard of TVs can't find a game bigger than the World's Slowest Man tournament. As blacklights pulse and neons swirl across the polished lanes, bowlers of all skill levels watch their flung spheres hurtle through a vast, unknowable void before exploding into a supernova of ten scattered pins. Projection screens above the lanes keep throwing arms pumped with sports, music, and the hard-hitting tackles of Xtreme Kongress on C-SPAN.
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.
Flat-screen televisions hang high above each lane at Z-Bowl, displaying a medley of scoring charts and high-definition sports broadcasts for bowlers to enjoy between frames. The alley keeps the visual banquet brimming in a sports bar with large-projection sets and an arcade containing more than 60 arcade consoles, including both classic and modern models such as skee-ball and Dance Dance Revolution. The 18-lane facility also offers billiards, shuffleboard, and darts to keep levels of healthy competition high and offer lower-impact entertainment for those with injuries such as bowler’s ear. Z-Bowl also hosts six private lanes designed to host upscale parties and corporate meetings, as well as a full kitchen that serves brick-oven pizza and certified Angus beef burgers.
Palace Pointe is the definition of a one-stop entertainment complex. A typical visit might include a matinee showing of a first-run movie at one of the center's eight theaters followed by a round of bowling on one of 20 lanes. After that, visitors can head to the roller-skating rink or the arcade, where they can try their hand at more than 80 video and redemption games. Seven billiards tables round out the gaming options, and an onsite diner and bar fuel competitions with pizzas, sandwiches, and classic finger foods.