Whether it’s a first date or a night out with friends, bowling is always a great way to bond. Grab a drink and some food, and you’ve got yourself a night of memories. Check out some of the best places in the Twin Cities to do just that and more.
3401 Louisiana Avenue South
St. Louis Park, Minn. 55426
Looking for leagues, cosmic or open bowling? Check out Park Tavern for family fun, with a group of friends or for a unique date night. Sunday and Tuesday nights check out 7 & 7 with $7 all-you-can-bowl and $7 pitchers of beer. There are also ladies nights and comic rock and bowl. And if you have a large group to entertain (up to 400 people) the Park Tavern can help you complete with great bar food from their restaurant.
Elsie’s Restaurant, Bar & Bowling Center
729 Marshall Street Northeast
Minneapolis, Minn. 55413
Elsie’s is family-owned bowling center that includes a full service restaurant and bar. They’ve got all-you-can-bowl specials, clubs and leagues, and bowling for the kids with the motto “no one sits on the bench.” The restaurant is open daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner. And the bar is a great place to take a break from bowling and watch the latest game on their plasma TVs.
Bryant Lake Bowl
810 West Lake Street
It’s a bowling alley with a whole lot more. Bryant Lake Bowl might not have spacious, sparkling lanes but it’s got an enormous amount of character and much more than bowling to enjoy. Bryant Lake Bowl not only houses a delicious restaurant with vegetarian and vegan options, it also an eclectic theater with a variety of plays and musicals showing throughout the week. And they’ve got specials for groups or for a cheap date night.
Memory Lanes Bowling and the Flashback Café
2520 26th Ave S
Minneapolis, Minn. 55406
With more than 30 lanes that feature state-of-the-art scoring, you’ll feel at ease bowling until your heart’s content and not having to do all the addition. Memory Lanes also offers a sound and light system that includes a stage for live entertainment while you bowl. In the Flashback Café & Cocktail Lounge, you’ll be surrounded by throwback style from the times when Elvis was King and the Rat Pack were icons. They serve great food from pizza to sandwiches to burgers. And they offer a full bar menu including happy hour and drink specials.
Flaherty’s Arden Bowl
1273 W. County Road E
Arden Hills, Minn. 55112
Flaherty’s Arden Bowl has been serving the bowling needs of the Twin Cities since 1938 making them the oldest family-owned and operated bowling business in the United States. From leagues to cosmic bowling to dollar nights, Flaherty’s has a wide ranging of opportunities to enjoy a day or night bowling. They’ve also got a pub and grill with happy hour specials. And an arcade in case you need a little break from the alleys.
7520 32nd Street North
Oakdale, Minn. 55128
This isn’t just a bowling alley, this is the “ultimate entertainment adventure,” according to their website. PINZ opened in 2009 with 34 bowling lanes, an arcade, multi-level laser tag, restaurant and bar. Looking for an intimate bowling experience for your next party? Check out 10 Pin Alley — it’s lounge atmosphere featuring individual wait staff, music, lights, sound and a 56-foot video screen all while you bowl. The restaurant is called Harvey’s American Pub and it offers a full service restaurant and bar that’s open for lunch, dinner and late night, after a tough game of blowing, dining.
Brunswick Zone – Eden Prairie
12200 Singletree Lane
Eden Prairie, Minn. 55344
There are four Brunswick Zones in the Twin Cities, but the Eden Prairie location is a favorite with 40 Lanes of bowling fun. This location also offers arcade games, event rooms, a prop shop and a bar and grill. And then there are also the seven billiard tables and laser tag. If your kids aren’t tired after a day or night here, then you might need another game of bowling. On Monday and Thursday nights, check out Buck ‘n Bowl at Brunswick with $1 bowling, hot Dogs and soft drinks. And be sure to check out their website for daily specials.
– Karna Bergstrom is a Web Producer at WCCO.COM and is happy when she bowls above 100.