Rolling a sphere to eliminate targets is generally only acceptable in bowling alleys, movie scenes that take place in a cave, and job interviews to become a human wrecking ball. Knock off opponents with today's Groupon: for $29, you get three hours of bowling and shoe rentals for six people at Suburbanite Bowl in Westmont (a $96 value).
For more than half a century, Suburbanite Bowl has filled fun quotas with bowling, billiards, arcade games, and a lounge area. Thirty-two Brunswick lanes floor bowlers, and Brunswick automatic scorers ensure accurate toppled-pin counting. Bumper bowling gives families equal footing and offers more melancholy lanes the occasional hug. Extend competitive natures to the billiard and arcade room, where pool sharks can stalk each other, gamers can battle for the high score, and flat-screen TVs can practice mimicking human voices. Appetites are anchored at the snack shop, where homemade pizza and "famous" burgers rival for most-masticated meal. A bevy of brews chill at Suburban Nights, an in-house lounge with flat-screen TVs, table taps, and 21 bottled beers.
Much of Suburbanite has been renovated in recent years, including the bowling concourse, billiards room, snack shop, and front desk, leaving behind minimal beehive-hairdo-inspired architecture.
In October 1957, the owners of Suburbanite Bowl watched their dream become a reality as they opened the doors of their brand-new center perched atop a swampy piece of land at the end of a gravel road. Since then, Suburbanite Bowl has undergone multiple renovations and has doubled their lane space. Today the 32-lane center is outfitted with a modern Bose music system and automatic scoring for those with pencil phobias. Home to open bowling and leagues geared toward all demographics, the center garnered praise from Centerstage for its black-light bowling, when music "well-suited for busting out a cocky strut" blares across glowing lanes. The festivities unfold on Friday and Saturday nights after 10 p.m.
Players can also compete in Bill and Frank's Game Room, where classic and contemporary arcade games and an LCD TV border four softly lit pool tables. Nearby, the snack shop caters onsite parties and helps bowlers power throwing arms without having to plug them into a wall socket.
201 W Ogden Ave.
Westmont, Illinois 60559Get Directions