"You're up." At more than 200 AMF Bowling locations across the U.S., that message is passed between friends as they heft a ball, step to the line, and take aim. Now synonymous with bowling, AMF was founded in 1901 as American Machine and Foundry. It wasn't until 1946 that the company made a splash in bowling, when it introduced the automated pin spotter to the public.
Today, AMF's nationwide network of bowling centers is a source of year-round entertainment for people of all ages. Outfitted with a classic bowling alley design, the centers also feature the latest technologies, from high-tech scoring systems to the ability to share experiences on social media. Bowlers can also refuel on a menu of American foods when they get hungry or the little heart-shaped meter above their heads begins blinking.
At Van Houten Lanes, bowling balls thunder down the waxed stretches of 16 AMF synthetic lanes—and crash through the neat rows of AMF pins waiting at the end. All the while, an AMF automatic scoring system keeps an up-to-the-minute record of each player's successes and struggles. And yet bowling isn't all that this modern alley has to offer—a large-screen TV, pool table, and an internet-connected jukebox render the cocktail lounge comfortable enough to pass for "the new apartment" when parents come to visit. The bowling facility's café fuels play with cheesy calzones and signature Hoboken-style 32-inch pizzas—all of which can be washed down with craft beer from Flying Dog Brewing. Thanks to these ample amenities, including family-friendly touches such as lane bumpers, Van Houten Lanes frequently hosts events ranging from children's parties to fundraisers.
For some good old fashioned fun, Garden Palace in Clifton offers a bowling scene that suits both pros and families.
If you've worked up an appetite, no worries! This alley also has a fabulous restaurant.
Whether you prefer street or lot parking, Garden Palace is located near both options.
Who's ready to bowl? Play a game with friends or family at New Lodi Lanes in Lodi.
Looking for a bite to eat? This alley also has an awesome restaurant.
This alley is kid-friendly, so little ones are welcome to tag along.
Parking is plentiful, so patrons can feel free to bring their vehicles.
At Paul's Bar and Bowling, you can snack away on tasty pub grub.
Guests can migrate to the bar section to catch the game on the TV.
Energize your evening with some dancing — the bar often hosts a DJ.
Take note that the bar can get a bit loud, so vocal cords and eardrums should be in tip-top shape.
If you're heading out on a Friday or Saturday, keep in mind that the bar gets busy.
Ample parking is located near Paul's Bar and Bowling.
Cyclists will also appreciate the plentiful space to lock up their bikes outside the bar.
Typical diners should plan to spend about $30 per person on Paul's Bar and Bowling's moderately priced fare.
Just imagine that first bite into Paul's Bar and Bowling's delicious pub food, isn't it about time you ordered from them?
Brunswick Zone has been a trusted name in bowling for more than a century, whether the occasion is a night out with friends or an afternoon with the kids. Patrons can enjoy a game of traditional bowling fun while sampling snack bar treats, or they can discover the excitement and interactive entertainment of Brunswick Cosmic Bowling – a full-sensory sports experience featuring black-lit lanes, dance-worthy music, and whirling neon lights.