Sparians Bowling Boutique & Bistro

North Hills

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In a Nutshell

  • Gourmet chef
  • Private suites with lanes for groups
  • Unique audio & visual environment
  • 18 upscale bowling lanes

The Fine Print

Promotional value expires Dec 24, 2011. Amount paid never expires. Limit 2 per person. Limit 1 per table. Limit 1 per visit. Not valid for the purchase of alcohol. Dine-in only. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

Though many restaurants try to blend upscale dining with a unique atmosphere, customers are often terrified by the singing animatronic maitre d's and injured waltzing in the ball-pit ballroom. Achieve the right balance with today’s Groupon: for $20, you get $40 worth of American cuisine and bowling at Sparians Bowling Boutique & Bistro. Sparians is restricted to those 21 and older after 10 p.m.

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.

For all the flickering candles above the mantel of its fireplace, The Bistro at Sparians lines its lounge with a date-nightable menu of upscale eats in the dining room. A starter of seven firecracker shrimp ($12) or hand-breaded wings ($8 for 10 pieces) tickles the tongue's heat receptors, leaving them alert enough to appreciate the creativity in chef Scott Merritt's pecan-encrusted salmon fillet glazed with bourbon-infused maple syrup ($17) or his marinated london broil nestled amid garlic mashed potatoes and peppercorn demi-glace ($17). A finale of southern fried pecan pie ($5) defuses sweet teeth before their timer reaches zero.

Sparians Bowling Boutique & Bistro

Sparians Bowling Boutique & Bistro aims to elevate the traditional alley experience by creating a lounge-like environment suitable for a daytime family outing as well as a night out on the town. Comfortable, plush couches replace the hard plastic seats normally stationed behind lanes, giving visitors places to more easily kick back and relax in between frames. Black lights lend a midnight-worthy glow to the bowling areas, transforming each ball into a neon streak as it hurtles toward the pins. A perfect score is rarely the primary goal, though. Instead, Sparians encourages visitors of all skill levels to come and enjoy themselves in an environment determined to bring bowling alleys into the 21st century.

Beyond the lanes, the entertainment center features numerous opportunities for guests looking to pass a few hours. A separate upscale-sports-bar area helps quench thirsts with frosty beers or potent cocktails and serves hearty comfort foods such as crispy chicken wings, burgers, and stone-baked pizzas.

Customer Reviews

Great experience and next time I will taste the food ...we ate before :-(
Soteria S. · March 2, 2014
They are always happy to assist, and I just get ready to have an amazing night.
Teena L. · February 19, 2014
Had a great time with my son who has special needs. The staff were very helpful. Would love to go again.
Wendy J. · February 17, 2014
Merchant Location Map
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    North Hills

    141 Park at North Hills St.

    Suite 120

    Raleigh, North Carolina 27609

    919-803-3718

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