Bowling is like taking a road test: the only way to win is to knock over more obstacles than everyone else. Cruise to victory with today’s deal: for $22, you get one hour of unlimited bowling, a pizza, and shoe rentals for four people (up to a $53.95 value) at Stoneleigh Lanes, named Best Bowling Alley in 2009 by Baltimore magazine.
The old-fashioned duck-pin bowling alley boasts 16 lanes and a retro charm, with gravity-feed ball returns, hand-scribbled scoring, and unexpected appearances by your high school crush. Up to six friends will get to revel in an hour of unlimited bowling (a $22 value), with shoe rental included for up to four people (a $4 value for each person; additional bowlers may rent shoes separately). A nourishing nosh of pizza (a $15.95 value) between frames will keep everyone's energy from wilting under the punishing pressure and even more punishing Jeff Bridges impressions. Each night, the upbeat alley offsets the soundtrack of clattering pins with a different musical styling, so add sonic savor to your stunning strikes with Monday-night metal or Tuesday-night DJ beats.
Besides strengthening arm muscles, thighs, glutes, calves, and Baltimore accents, duck-pin bowling at Stoneleigh Lanes strengthens socio-familial bonds by giving you and your friend, date, or congressional representative a casual, nonviolent arena to challenge each other over chit-chat and a disc-shaped dinner. Call ahead to reserve your lane.
Not valid toward karaoke or rock 'n' bowl. Reservations required for groups that require two or more lanes.
- In many ways, it's like any duckpin lane around here, yet Stoneleigh lacks that whiff of old-school you get at other lanes. It's more like a club basement party, and all your friends are invited to come over to strut, primp, get loud, and generally make fools of themselves. – Baltimore City Paper
- Sadly, duckpin bowling seems to be going the way of the dodo bird. But, thankfully, [Stoneleigh Lanes]…is keeping the tradition alive—partly by being so untraditional. After all, what other duckpin alley plays metal on Mondays, has a DJ spin on Tuesdays, and hosts karaoke on Fridays? But the BYOB [lanes] keeps one thing old school: the ultra friendly staff. – Baltimore magazine
Ballyhooed by both Baltimore magazine and City Paper, Stoneleigh Lanes sets the scene for friendly bowling battles in a retro 16-lane alley. Strikers lace up rented kicks and hurl three-hole balls at 10 ivory duckpins. Sixteen-inch cheesy pizzas hush fifth-frame tummy grumbles, and sudsy pitchers of soda quench postpizza thirsts. The alley's BYOB policy lets bowlers imbibe brews brought from home, clearing out refrigerator space to be used for snowball storage. Handwritten scoring and gravity-feed ball returns enhance the spot’s retro charm.