Bowling alleys are the only safe place for people to simultaneously sate their hunger for ball-on-pin violence and knock down meaty beer cravings. For $10, today's Groupon gets you $20 toward any combination of bowling, eating, and quaffing at The Park Tavern Bowling & Entertainment Center in St. Louis Park, City Pages' pick for 2010's Best Bowling Alley.
Serving the Minneapolis area for over 50 years with tasty bites, fresh brews, and pin-slamming pastimes, The Park Tavern offers more smashing fun than a sledgehammer in a bubble-wrap factory. Lustrous lanes waxed smoother than a buttered bathtub play host to fun family outings, where sibling rivalries can be settled with the soothing sound of scattered pins. Shoe rentals for bowler-sporting bowlers are always $3, and per-game rates vary from $3 to $4; check the website for more details.
The Park Tavern's two bars and kitchen stand ready to keep rollers fueled for picking up that final spare. Pre-game with a full pound of the spicy new Irish Fire chicken wings ($8.95) or a blackened-catfish taco ($9.95), and draw on circular inspiration with a pizza, such as the Hawaiian (Canadian bacon, pineapple, olives, and mozzarella; $11.25 small, $15.95 medium, $19.95 large). Specialty burgers, including the Amsterdam (smoked gouda, jalapeños, and bacon bits, $8.50), and the half-pound barbecue-rib basket ($8.25) provide slabs of meat on which to hang a fang. The Park Tavern also grills on the outdoor patio Tuesday through Thursday, so sop up some sunshine while enjoying the summery Dirty Banana cocktail ($6.25).
Besides strengthening arm muscles, thighs, glutes, calves, and Jeff Bridges impressions, 10-pin bowling at The Park Tavern strengthens socio-familial bonds by giving friends and families a casual, nonviolent arena to challenge each other over chitchat and fermented ales. This all-inclusive atmosphere makes The Park Tavern the perfect venue for introducing friends from different social circles. Bring your poetry friends to play your fantasy-football buddies, or build camaraderie with coworkers after a long day coworking with today's Groupon.
It's recommended to call ahead to find out if lanes are available: (952) 929-6810. This Groupon can be used in conjunction with the Groupon Summer Pass.
- Add two bars for all your drinking needs (because honestly, who can bowl without drinking?) and great happy hour specials, and you've got everything you need for a bowling experience that dreams are made of. – City Pages
- Good bowling, beer, and food makes it one of the best bowling alleys in the cities. – Jason K., Yelp
- Fun bowling, cheap drinks, great and cheap bar food. I could go on and on. – brianknows, Citysearch
The Park Tavern
Over the last 50 years, The Park Tavern has perfected the convivial trifecta of eating, drinking, and bowling. A menu of gourmet burgers and traditional pub fare mingles with a drink menu of domestic and imported beers and wines for between-frame refueling. On Mondays, the alley fills with high-energy tunes, and bowling balls careen all night during the $5 all-you-can-bowl nights. The Park Tavern rolls out its varied bowling buffets for corporate events, birthday parties, or the anniversary of the end of bowling prohibition during the Nixon administration.
St. Louis Park
3401 Louisiana Ave. S
St. Louis Park, Minnesota 55426Get Directions