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Bowl the Night Away at these 5 Unusual Alleys

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These unique alleys are putting a whole new spin on bowling.

Looking for a fun place to take friends this Friday night, but worried you’ll strike out? At these five quirky alleys in NYC, you’ll be sure to bowl a perfect game

Bowling isn’t just for the likes of Fred Flintstone and the loveable crew from The Big Lebowski. Quite the contrary — this venerated all-American pastime is still fun for all ages. For casual bowlers and big leaguers alike, however, the same tried-and-true bowling alleys can become boring after a few return visits. For those looking to spice up their bowling experience, here are five of the most interesting venues in New York:

1. Lucky Strike

Complete with DJ booth, dress code, and optional bottle service, Lucky Strike is an upscale take on the classic bowling alley. With high-end decor and a mouthwatering menu, Lucky Strike caters to a variety of needs — whether you’re totally focused on your game, or you’re more interested in the party atmosphere, Lucky Strike has you covered. Plus, if you’re looking for a venue for your next party, this one is fun for all age groups. From a sophisticated soiree to a sweet sixteen bash, the friendly staff provides excellent service regardless of the demographic. As their website promises: for an unforgettable night, plan your next event at Lucky Strike!

2. Brooklyn Bowl

While the interior might give the impression of a giant club, don’t be fooled — Brooklyn Bowl is one of New York’s favorite bowling spots. Located in Williamsburg, this venue has it all. Incredible music, fun crowds, four-star food, and of course, dozens of lanes for bowling. If you’re torn between bowling a few games and catching a live show, you don’t have to settle for just one — Brooklyn Bowl hosts live shows almost every day of the week. In between bowling and concerts, enjoy their Blue Ribbon menu, with offerings ranging from fried calamari to spicy kale and quinoa salads.

3. Melody Lanes

For a bowling experience that feels like it’s straight out of the 80’s, there’s no better place than Melody Lanes. While this venue may not have all the glitz and glamour of the previous two, Melody Lanes undeniably has its charms. Between the neon lights and the brightly colored decor, ‘The Dude’ would doubtless have felt right at home in this charming old-school alley. With league and club nights, family nights, and weekly specials, serious bowlers might find this alley a little more to their liking.

4. Frames

Tucked away in the heart of Times Square, Frames Bowling Lounge provides nothing short of a VIP experience. Complete with slick decor, a fully stocked bar and soft neon lights, Frames is just like any other upscale bar — except that here, you can rent private lanes. If you’re looking to spend an evening sipping classy cocktails, dancing, socializing, and bowling a few frames, this alley should be high on your list. Make sure to dress the part, though! While the traditional bowling uniform is jeans and a T-shirt, Frames adheres to a strict dress code.

5. Bowlmor Chelsea Piers

For the fun-loving New Yorker, Bowlmor Chelsea Piers is so much more than a bowling alley. Dubbing themselves “the place where fun goes to have fun,” Bowlmor Chelsea Piers is dedicated to ensuring that everyone thoroughly enjoys themselves. After you’ve finished bowling, the excitement isn’t over — climb to the ceiling via NYC’s only indoor ropes course, rediscover your inner kid while playing laser tag, or simply sip a beer in the comfortable lounges. Whether you’re there to bowl or to party, Bowlmor is sure to set the stage for a night you’ll never forget.