What do you think of when you imagine a bowling alley? Smelly shoes? Fried foods? Middle-aged men with pot bellies? Well, New York City has several bowling alleys that might just change your mind! These spots offer visitors and locals a fun, funky way to enjoy a night out -- complete with delicious food, fun drinks, and great music! One thing to note: many of these venues are adults-only in the evening hours, so if you're traveling with kids, check to see what their policies are before you head out.
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Full disclosure: I love Brooklyn Bowl. Located in Williamsburg, Brooklyn Bowl combines great food (from Blue Ribbon) and live music with a funky atmosphere. It's a fun music venue in it's own right -- there's an open area with some seating around the edges and lots of great beers on tap. If you're there for bowling, each of the 16 lanes had comfy leather couches and because the lanes are raised up a bit, they offer a good view of the bands as well. It can get a bit pricey, depending on how much you eat and drink, but if you check their website and sign up for their twitter feed (@BrooklynBowl) there are lots of chances to get free tickets and there are even times when you can bowl for free.
Brooklyn Bowl Details:
Address: 61 Wythe Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11211
Subway: L to Bedford; G to Nassau
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Bowlmor might be the world's first venue for "cool bowling." Originally opened in 1938, Bowlmor Lanes was reinvented in the mid-90s with video screens, glow in the dark bowling and food and drink service. They now have two New York City venues, the original one in Union Square and their newer location in Times Square, both offer over 40 lanes for bowling, delicious food by David Burke and a fun vibe.
Bowlmor Lanes Union Square Details:
Neighborhood: Union Square
Address: 110 University Place (12th/13th Sts)
Subway: L, N/R/Q, 4/5/6 to Union Square
Bowlmor Lanes Midtown Details:
Neighborhood: Times Square
Address: 222 West 44th Street (7th/8th Aves)
Subway: N/R/Q, 1/2/3, or 7 to Times Square; A/C/E to Port Authority
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Located on Manhattan's far west side, Lucky Strike Lanes has 26 lanes for bowling, 11 billiards tables, and a full bar. They also have a LUXE Lounge with four lanes and a bar for private parties.
Lucky Strike Lanes Details:
Neighborhood: Hells Kitchen
Address: 624-660 W 42nd Street (12th Ave)
Subway: A/C/E to 42nd St - Port Authority
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Calling itself a "Bowling Lounge," Frames has 28 lanes of bowling, including private VIP lanes that can be reserved for groups of 10-20. They have food and drink service lane-side, but they also have a bar and restaurant if you prefer to keep your eating and bowling separate. Once you tire of bowling, you can head to their dance lounge to continue your evening of entertainment.
Neighborhood: Hells Kitchen
Address: 550 9th Ave (corner of 40th Street)
Subway: A/C/E to 42nd St - Port AuthorityContinue to 5 of 6 below.
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This Chelsea Piers bowling alley offers bowlers 32 lanes and is a popular choice for groups and corporate events. They offer lane-side food and beverage service. 300 New York is kid-friendly, and even offers a children's menu.
300 New York Details:
Address: Pier 60/23rd & West Side Hwy.
Subway: C/E at 23rd St.
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Located on the border of Greenpoint and Williamsburg, The Gutter offers 8-lanes of retro-style bowling, but with top-quality craft beers on tap and live music on weekends. They don't take reservations and the place is pretty popular, so be prepared to wait for a lane during peak times. Do note that The Gutter is open only to those 21 and over.
The Gutter Details:
Address: 200 N. 14th St (Wythe)
Subway: G to Nassau Ave.; L to Bedford Ave