If life is just a bowl of cherries, then bowling is a life of launching 12-pound cherry-flavored gumballs. Experience life's sweetest pastime with today's Groupon: for $13, you get three games of bowling and shoe rental at Harlem Lanes (up to a $30.50 value), located in Harlem.
Harlem Lanes greets guests with two floors of lively atmosphere that aim to go beyond the traditional three-fingered boulder-toss experience. Walk through its subtle red-awning entrance and signs will direct you to Harlem's bowling lanes, where exposed-brick walls encircle a large two-storied space donning an arcade, full bar, private VIP lounge, and dozens of HD screens and couches. At the main hub, a friendly attendant will outfit you with shoes (a $5 value) from your clown doppelganger and set you up on one of the 24 lanes, where you'll then engage in three games of pin punishment (up to a $25.50 value, depending on the day and time of the games). Though not included in this deal, Harlem Lanes does offer a full menu of eats for hunger satisfying, and players seeking libations can hit the fourth-floor bar, forcing nachos and wings to live at least one more day in fear.
Harlem Lanes fosters a casual, welcoming environment where you can hone your game or take down a few beverages until closing time. The ambience gets funky on Friday and Saturday, with live DJs and glow-in-the-dark bowling loosening up straitlaced pins. The entrance is just a short walk from the 125th Street and Saint Nicholas Avenue A, B, C, or D train stop, making this lounge a convenient choice for a night out with the pals or an easy date with an agoraphobic subway troll.
- Workers are very well mannered and very helpful. – Jaycmccray, Citysearch
- The couches were comfortable to chill in (for people both bowling and not) the bar was great, the staff was attentive. – Veronika_1944, Citysearch
- Sunday afternoons and the occasional fun night out with a few chill friends are perfectly spent at Harlem Lanes. – Kate F., Yelp
Surrounding its 24 oil-slicked lanes with exposed-brick walls, an arcade, and private VIP lounges, Harlem Lanes complements the thrill of striking down pins with the relaxed atmosphere of a swanky nightclub. Anchoring the two-story space, a sports bar serves drinks and food under the glow of flat-screen TVs, and couches throughout the facility allow bowlers to kick up their feet after celebrating strikes with mock tap dances. The ambience gets funky on Friday and Saturday, when live DJs and glow-in-the-dark bowling loosening up straitlaced pins.