Wilmette Bowling Center Inc

★★★★☆
  • 1903 Schiller Ave

    Wilmette, IL 60091

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  • 847-251-0705

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Mon - Thu, 11:00am - 9:00pm; Fri - Sat, 11:00am - 10:00pm; Sun, 11:00am - 8:00pm; September through April: Tue, closed at 7:00pm for league bowling; Lane availability and hours vary depending on booking

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Wilmette Bowling center offers the feel and fun of an old time bowling ally with the new modern amenities that we have come to expect out of our bowling experience (electronic scoring, flat screen tvs, good food etc).I've been coming here for years and always have a great time with my friends and family.

I'm not sure what some of the other reviewers were talking about. It's a great location (corner of ridge and Schiller) with plenty of parking both on the street in the designated parking lot and if its really crowded you can park on the east side of Ridge in the Howard Park lot.

This is an old time classic bowling ally that has been recently renovated and updated. While it only has 10 lanes the place has great finishes (go to pinsetter pizza next door!) and has a very comfortable feel.

The food is simple but great, pizza and ice cream. For years i just ordered pizzas here without knowing where the kitchen was. Then one day I asked and the employee said, "well theres a restaurant next door" and he brought me back. You need to check out this restaurant! It is called pinsetter pizza, but is affiliated and connected too the bowling ally. The first thing you will notice is that the tables and counters are made out of the old lanes from when the ally was renovated, very cool! The ceiling is covered with copper and looks like an old time Chicago Bar, if this place ever gets a liquor license which i hear they are working on it would be a fantastic local place to stop for a beer on the way home from work(right now you can only bring in alcohol if you rent the place out bc they don't have a liquor license). On top of that the pizza is great. I usually get plain cheese or pepperoni, both are good. It comes on thin crust and the sauce is phenomenal. If you order a whole pizza as I often do ask for extra sauce and extra cheese, you will not be disappointed!

Overall this place is the complete package of a local dig with all the modern amenities that you are looking for, I highly recommend it

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★★★★★

Wilmette Bowling center offers the feel and fun of an old time bowling ally with the new modern amenities that we have come to expect out of our bowling experience (electronic scoring, flat screen tvs, good food etc).I've been coming here for years and always have a great time with my friends and family.

I'm not sure what some of the other reviewers were talking about. It's a great location (corner of ridge and Schiller) with plenty of parking both on the street in the designated parking lot and if its really crowded you can park on the east side of Ridge in the Howard Park lot.

This is an old time classic bowling ally that has been recently renovated and updated. While it only has 10 lanes the place has great finishes (go to pinsetter pizza next door!) and has a very comfortable feel.

The food is simple but great, pizza and ice cream. For years i just ordered pizzas here without knowing where the kitchen was. Then one day I asked and the employee said, "well theres a restaurant next door" and he brought me back. You need to check out this restaurant! It is called pinsetter pizza, but is affiliated and connected too the bowling ally. The first thing you will notice is that the tables and counters are made out of the old lanes from when the ally was renovated, very cool! The ceiling is covered with copper and looks like an old time Chicago Bar, if this place ever gets a liquor license which i hear they are working on it would be a fantastic local place to stop for a beer on the way home from work(right now you can only bring in alcohol if you rent the place out bc they don't have a liquor license). On top of that the pizza is great. I usually get plain cheese or pepperoni, both are good. It comes on thin crust and the sauce is phenomenal. If you order a whole pizza as I often do ask for extra sauce and extra cheese, you will not be disappointed!

Overall this place is the complete package of a local dig with all the modern amenities that you are looking for, I highly recommend it

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Kid Friendly, No Smoking, Great environment, So much fun!

NEIGHBORHOOD hangout!

Great place for family and friends! Awesome pizza!

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★★★★★

Kid Friendly, No Smoking, Great environment, So much fun!

NEIGHBORHOOD hangout!

Great place for family and friends! Awesome pizza!

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Wilmette Bowling center offers the feel and fun of an old time bowling ally with the new modern amenities that we have come to expect out of our bowling experience (electronic scoring, flat screen tvs, good food etc).I've been coming here for years and always have a great time with my friends and family.

I'm not sure what some of the other reviewers were talking about. It's a great location (corner of ridge and Schiller) with plenty of parking both on the street in the designated parking lot and if its really crowded you can park on the east side of Ridge in the Howard Park lot.

This is an old time classic bowling ally that has been recently renovated and updated. While it only has 10 lanes the place has great finishes (go to pinsetter pizza next door!) and has a very comfortable feel.

The food is simple but great, pizza and ice cream. For years i just ordered pizzas here without knowing where the kitchen was. Then one day I asked and the employee said, "well theres a restaurant next door" and he brought me back. You need to check out this restaurant! It is called pinsetter pizza, but is affiliated and connected too the bowling ally. The first thing you will notice is that the tables and counters are made out of the old lanes from when the ally was renovated, very cool! The ceiling is covered with copper and looks like an old time Chicago Bar, if this place ever gets a liquor license which i hear they are working on it would be a fantastic local place to stop for a beer on the way home from work(right now you can only bring in alcohol if you rent the place out bc they don't have a liquor license). On top of that the pizza is great. I usually get plain cheese or pepperoni, both are good. It comes on thin crust and the sauce is phenomenal. If you order a whole pizza as I often do ask for extra sauce and extra cheese, you will not be disappointed!

Overall this place is the complete package of a local dig with all the modern amenities that you are looking for, I highly recommend it

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★★★★★

Wilmette Bowling center offers the feel and fun of an old time bowling ally with the new modern amenities that we have come to expect out of our bowling experience (electronic scoring, flat screen tvs, good food etc).I've been coming here for years and always have a great time with my friends and family.

I'm not sure what some of the other reviewers were talking about. It's a great location (corner of ridge and Schiller) with plenty of parking both on the street in the designated parking lot and if its really crowded you can park on the east side of Ridge in the Howard Park lot.

This is an old time classic bowling ally that has been recently renovated and updated. While it only has 10 lanes the place has great finishes (go to pinsetter pizza next door!) and has a very comfortable feel.

The food is simple but great, pizza and ice cream. For years i just ordered pizzas here without knowing where the kitchen was. Then one day I asked and the employee said, "well theres a restaurant next door" and he brought me back. You need to check out this restaurant! It is called pinsetter pizza, but is affiliated and connected too the bowling ally. The first thing you will notice is that the tables and counters are made out of the old lanes from when the ally was renovated, very cool! The ceiling is covered with copper and looks like an old time Chicago Bar, if this place ever gets a liquor license which i hear they are working on it would be a fantastic local place to stop for a beer on the way home from work(right now you can only bring in alcohol if you rent the place out bc they don't have a liquor license). On top of that the pizza is great. I usually get plain cheese or pepperoni, both are good. It comes on thin crust and the sauce is phenomenal. If you order a whole pizza as I often do ask for extra sauce and extra cheese, you will not be disappointed!

Overall this place is the complete package of a local dig with all the modern amenities that you are looking for, I highly recommend it

Pros: Atmosphere, Pinsetter Pizza!, Bowling, LCD TV's

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This is a special place for Wilmette.
Originally, I understand it was redone or opened to give the children in the area a place to go to in the Winter. That great gesture by the owner can only reflect who they are.

The funny thing is, all the adults have fun. I found myself wanting to play more games instead of my son and wife.

We go in the winter and summer. A great place to go when it is to hot or you and the kids should have diversification with sports activites.

Bowling is a great sport for all ages.

In the Winter, they were out in front salting and scraping ice so the sidewalks were spotless for Adults and Seniors who make this a regular spot.

Lastly, they keep re-inventing and improving. They have disco lights, great sound system, large screen TV's, and the Pizza just is great. Lucky for the pizza places they have no delivery.

Go have fun for ages 4 to 104:)

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★★★★★

This is a special place for Wilmette.
Originally, I understand it was redone or opened to give the children in the area a place to go to in the Winter. That great gesture by the owner can only reflect who they are.

The funny thing is, all the adults have fun. I found myself wanting to play more games instead of my son and wife.

We go in the winter and summer. A great place to go when it is to hot or you and the kids should have diversification with sports activites.

Bowling is a great sport for all ages.

In the Winter, they were out in front salting and scraping ice so the sidewalks were spotless for Adults and Seniors who make this a regular spot.

Lastly, they keep re-inventing and improving. They have disco lights, great sound system, large screen TV's, and the Pizza just is great. Lucky for the pizza places they have no delivery.

Go have fun for ages 4 to 104:)

Pros: Bowling facility great, lots of parking, fresh pizza,

Cons: Can't find one and have invited many people, 4A's

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It is interesting to read earlier posts. They are so black-and-white. I understand that people can have (even very) different experiences, but this feels like the political polarization which so colors the perception of our our president; people either love
him or hate him, and many can't find it within themselves to acknowledge the possibility of an "in between" sentiment. I mention this because a couple of responses were so negative, I wonder where they are coming from, whether they have an an ax to grind. Are they jealous they did not buy this neat little throwback of a bowling alley and improve its offerings, as the "new" owner has done? What is their motive with all of the virulence? And, where exactly, are the nearby alternatives they mention? There are no bowling alleys in contiguous Skokie; when I lived there in the 60's and 70's, there were three! Is the naysayer speaking of the closest, Pinstripes, 5 miles away? I went there recently in a group of six (three couples). We rented shoes, bowled two games each, and had perhaps 4-5 mixed drinks (or wine), 2-3 beers, 2 Cokes, one regular hamburger meal and 2 "hors d'oeuvrey" plates. Total bill, including tip = $232.00.
By contrast, the Wilmette Bowling Center is a pleasant and very affordable neighborhood treasure. I have been there for several parties and impromptu gatherings. The staff has been helpful, the owner put in an oven to provide (an upgraded from the local Domino's) pizza, lanes are often available, the prices are less than the market would bear in my opinion. It is a real treat, kids love going there and I, for one, am glad that someone purchased it with the idea of investing some capital to improve the quality of the experience. I have inquired into the degree and expense of some of the upgrades and maintenance; they are substantial.
My many experiences there have been good ones, so I am perplexed by all of the negativity. Obviously, I am not "in between" in my wholehearted endorsement of this establishment as a fun place to have a "kid" or grown-up party, or to just stop by with some friends.

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★★★★★

It is interesting to read earlier posts. They are so black-and-white. I understand that people can have (even very) different experiences, but this feels like the political polarization which so colors the perception of our our president; people either love
him or hate him, and many can't find it within themselves to acknowledge the possibility of an "in between" sentiment. I mention this because a couple of responses were so negative, I wonder where they are coming from, whether they have an an ax to grind. Are they jealous they did not buy this neat little throwback of a bowling alley and improve its offerings, as the "new" owner has done? What is their motive with all of the virulence? And, where exactly, are the nearby alternatives they mention? There are no bowling alleys in contiguous Skokie; when I lived there in the 60's and 70's, there were three! Is the naysayer speaking of the closest, Pinstripes, 5 miles away? I went there recently in a group of six (three couples). We rented shoes, bowled two games each, and had perhaps 4-5 mixed drinks (or wine), 2-3 beers, 2 Cokes, one regular hamburger meal and 2 "hors d'oeuvrey" plates. Total bill, including tip = $232.00.
By contrast, the Wilmette Bowling Center is a pleasant and very affordable neighborhood treasure. I have been there for several parties and impromptu gatherings. The staff has been helpful, the owner put in an oven to provide (an upgraded from the local Domino's) pizza, lanes are often available, the prices are less than the market would bear in my opinion. It is a real treat, kids love going there and I, for one, am glad that someone purchased it with the idea of investing some capital to improve the quality of the experience. I have inquired into the degree and expense of some of the upgrades and maintenance; they are substantial.
My many experiences there have been good ones, so I am perplexed by all of the negativity. Obviously, I am not "in between" in my wholehearted endorsement of this establishment as a fun place to have a "kid" or grown-up party, or to just stop by with some friends.

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I and many families have parties there every year since it opened, because we can depend on the quality, we see the same great guy Steve for years now. It is nice to have consistency like that. The Kids know him and it makes them feel safe.
If you are a bowler, you can't ask for more. Nice bowling balls, Lanes are polished, plenty of room between lanes and really clean.
We have play dates there with kids in the Winter and summer. For adults a nice funny time to see your children's scores are better than your's and they don't see it.
Thanks Wilmette Bowl, your good people for doing such a nice thing for the community by bringing this bowling alley back for us.

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★★★★★

I and many families have parties there every year since it opened, because we can depend on the quality, we see the same great guy Steve for years now. It is nice to have consistency like that. The Kids know him and it makes them feel safe.
If you are a bowler, you can't ask for more. Nice bowling balls, Lanes are polished, plenty of room between lanes and really clean.
We have play dates there with kids in the Winter and summer. For adults a nice funny time to see your children's scores are better than your's and they don't see it.
Thanks Wilmette Bowl, your good people for doing such a nice thing for the community by bringing this bowling alley back for us.

Pros: Kid Friendly, Adult Friendly. Good food, Lanes are polished

Cons: None, You would have to make up a con. There just isn't any.

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There are not enough words for how great it was to open a landmark in Wilmette and really have a place for the kids can go without having to travel miles for some fun.
Birthday parties are a dream there. They supply almost anything you need.
The bathrooms are modern and clean.
For bowlers good selection of balls.
The Pizza is really good and the crust is really nice and flacky.
Cozy environment. I simply cannot say enough. Thank you for having Wilmette Bowl. The town would not be the same without it.:)

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★★★★★

There are not enough words for how great it was to open a landmark in Wilmette and really have a place for the kids can go without having to travel miles for some fun.
Birthday parties are a dream there. They supply almost anything you need.
The bathrooms are modern and clean.
For bowlers good selection of balls.
The Pizza is really good and the crust is really nice and flacky.
Cozy environment. I simply cannot say enough. Thank you for having Wilmette Bowl. The town would not be the same without it.:)

Pros: Really nice environment, People are friendly, very clean

Cons: None

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Parking lot fills quickly. Cars partially block the sidewalk near the entrance. Boring frozen pizza.

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★☆☆☆☆

Parking lot fills quickly. Cars partially block the sidewalk near the entrance. Boring frozen pizza.

Pros: Only bowling alley in Wilmette better ones nearby.

Cons: Bad food, service, usually closed, and lack of parking.

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NICE PEOPLE, VERY CLEAN AND GREAT PIZZA. VERY KID FRIENDLY. WE HAD A PARTY AND THE KIDS WERE IN HEAVEN

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★★★★★

NICE PEOPLE, VERY CLEAN AND GREAT PIZZA. VERY KID FRIENDLY. WE HAD A PARTY AND THE KIDS WERE IN HEAVEN

Pros: NICE PEOPLE

Cons: NONE

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Michal Strange is a babe. I stared at her the whole time. She was wearing this high waisted skirt and it was hard to peel my eyes away from her. The bowling was fun though. Recommended for families.

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★★★★★

Michal Strange is a babe. I stared at her the whole time. She was wearing this high waisted skirt and it was hard to peel my eyes away from her. The bowling was fun though. Recommended for families.

Pros: Michal Strange

Cons: Her outfits

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In short, DON"T GO. My experience was AWFUL. The service is so BAD and the staff is RUDE and COMPLETELY UNHELPFUL. There are a number of other places to bowl. If this were the last bowling alley around, I would FIND A NEW HOBBY.

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★☆☆☆☆

In short, DON"T GO. My experience was AWFUL. The service is so BAD and the staff is RUDE and COMPLETELY UNHELPFUL. There are a number of other places to bowl. If this were the last bowling alley around, I would FIND A NEW HOBBY.

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This place used to be awsome, but now you should avoid it like the plague. I had so many great fond childhood memorys of this place. i went there with schools, camps, friends, reletives and always had a good time. I had heard rumors about how the place had been bought by so lawyer guy and i wanted to go back. But when i did my opinion about the place was changed. Getting a lane was easy but the scoring machines were impossible to use and the staff were to busy watching some Steven Seagal movie to help us. Then after we (on our own) impropely set up the scoring machine needed the bumbers up. So we went over to the nearest imploye and asked him to put them up. He replyed "ok just a second though" and waited till the next commercial break! When we went up to pay we were told we had played 8 games which would cost $44. I told the casheir "their are only two of us and we played twice how could we have played 8 games?" he swore a few times and called someone. After 15 minutes of repeatedly telling the person on the phone "I think they trying to cheat us" he said "I have to charge you for all 8 games you played." So i told him one last time "we only played twice we must have set the machine up wrong" we had to pay the full $44 dollers.

Willmette Bowling Center
:Bad food
:Bad service
:Bad machines
:Rude and lazy staff

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★☆☆☆☆

This place used to be awsome, but now you should avoid it like the plague. I had so many great fond childhood memorys of this place. i went there with schools, camps, friends, reletives and always had a good time. I had heard rumors about how the place had been bought by so lawyer guy and i wanted to go back. But when i did my opinion about the place was changed. Getting a lane was easy but the scoring machines were impossible to use and the staff were to busy watching some Steven Seagal movie to help us. Then after we (on our own) impropely set up the scoring machine needed the bumbers up. So we went over to the nearest imploye and asked him to put them up. He replyed "ok just a second though" and waited till the next commercial break! When we went up to pay we were told we had played 8 games which would cost $44. I told the casheir "their are only two of us and we played twice how could we have played 8 games?" he swore a few times and called someone. After 15 minutes of repeatedly telling the person on the phone "I think they trying to cheat us" he said "I have to charge you for all 8 games you played." So i told him one last time "we only played twice we must have set the machine up wrong" we had to pay the full $44 dollers.

Willmette Bowling Center
:Bad food
:Bad service
:Bad machines
:Rude and lazy staff

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This place used to be awsome, but now you should avoid it like the plague. I had so many great fond childhood memorys of this place. i went there with schools, camps, friends, reletives and always had a good time. I had heard rumors about how the place had been bought by so lawyer guy and i wanted to go back. But when i did my opinion about the place was changed. Getting a lane was easy but the scoring machines were impossible to use and the staff were to busy watching some Steven Seagal movie to help us. Then after we (on our own) impropely set up the scoring machine needed the bumbers up. So we went over to the nearest imploye and asked him to put them up. He replyed "ok just a second though" and waited till the next commercial break! When we went up to pay we were told we had played 8 games which would cost $44. I told the casheir "their are only two of us and we played twice how could we have played 8 games?" he swore a few times and called someone. After 15 minutes of repeatedly telling the person on the phone "I think they trying to cheat us" he said "I have to charge you for all 8 games you played." So i told him one last time "we only played twice we must have set the machine up wrong" we had to pay the full $44 dollers.

Willmette Bowling Center
:Bad food
:Bad service
:Bad machines
:Rude and lazy staff

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★☆☆☆☆

This place used to be awsome, but now you should avoid it like the plague. I had so many great fond childhood memorys of this place. i went there with schools, camps, friends, reletives and always had a good time. I had heard rumors about how the place had been bought by so lawyer guy and i wanted to go back. But when i did my opinion about the place was changed. Getting a lane was easy but the scoring machines were impossible to use and the staff were to busy watching some Steven Seagal movie to help us. Then after we (on our own) impropely set up the scoring machine needed the bumbers up. So we went over to the nearest imploye and asked him to put them up. He replyed "ok just a second though" and waited till the next commercial break! When we went up to pay we were told we had played 8 games which would cost $44. I told the casheir "their are only two of us and we played twice how could we have played 8 games?" he swore a few times and called someone. After 15 minutes of repeatedly telling the person on the phone "I think they trying to cheat us" he said "I have to charge you for all 8 games you played." So i told him one last time "we only played twice we must have set the machine up wrong" we had to pay the full $44 dollers.

Willmette Bowling Center
:Bad food
:Bad service
:Bad machines
:Rude and lazy staff

Pros: lighting

Cons: food, service, staff, music, parking

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Mr. Strange, one of Wilmette's 10 largest landlords, a few years ago bought this historical manual pin setting bowling alley. Soon the manual pin setters lost all hope of working there when lawyer Strange automated the pin setting. The very busy carpeting and other "improvements" wiped out any historical feel.

Like all bowling alleys they have several ball weights and rent shoes. Many times you may be the only group in the building. To fill up the lanes, they offer good prices for party bookings. Then the few lanes they have can quickly fill up. You can not make same day reservations. Limited hours and party bookings can make the wait unbearable especially with children.

For food order a previously frozen pizza.

There is no handicap ramp and cars parking in front of the bowing alley park on the sidewalk. There has never been a fire at the alley, but if there was, getting a reasonable distance away in a wheelchair could be blocked by poorly parked cars.

If you must go to this bowling alley, use their nearly unmarked parking lot across the street. Plenty of long term parking on the street if you have a neighborhood parking sticker.

Pros: Bowling alley with ultraviolet lights for kids. No beer for adults. If they are full, Skokie, Niles, Morton Grove, and Northbrook bowling alleys are not far away.

Cons: Limited parking, few lanes, limited hours, no reservations, below average food and beverage selection.

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★☆☆☆☆

Mr. Strange, one of Wilmette's 10 largest landlords, a few years ago bought this historical manual pin setting bowling alley. Soon the manual pin setters lost all hope of working there when lawyer Strange automated the pin setting. The very busy carpeting and other "improvements" wiped out any historical feel.

Like all bowling alleys they have several ball weights and rent shoes. Many times you may be the only group in the building. To fill up the lanes, they offer good prices for party bookings. Then the few lanes they have can quickly fill up. You can not make same day reservations. Limited hours and party bookings can make the wait unbearable especially with children.

For food order a previously frozen pizza.

There is no handicap ramp and cars parking in front of the bowing alley park on the sidewalk. There has never been a fire at the alley, but if there was, getting a reasonable distance away in a wheelchair could be blocked by poorly parked cars.

If you must go to this bowling alley, use their nearly unmarked parking lot across the street. Plenty of long term parking on the street if you have a neighborhood parking sticker.

Pros: Bowling alley with ultraviolet lights for kids. No beer for adults. If they are full, Skokie, Niles, Morton Grove, and Northbrook bowling alleys are not far away.

Cons: Limited parking, few lanes, limited hours, no reservations, below average food and beverage selection.

Pros: Ultraviolet lights. No beer.

Cons: Empty or long wait. Limited legal parking, limited food & beverage selection.

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This is a nifty, very easy-going place. Friendly, helpful staff. Very child-friendly, and easy on the budget. The building has been a bowling alley forever, so it has a well-loved charm to the place. It was owned by the same family for a long time, and got new owners a while back. Shoes are available for rental, and they have a small assortment of snacks and soda available at the front. They also have 'bumper bowling' for smaller children, and lighter weight bowlingballs can be found mixed in with the others theu have. You can also order a thin-crust pizza (limited topping; not gourmet/execptional pizza but very reliable and a good option for adult snacks or lunch for hungry kids) at the front desk - they have a small pizza place attached to the bowling alley. This is not a huge bowling multi-plex with bells, whistles, light shows, etc., so if that's what you're looking for, you'll be in the wrong place. It's not high-tech and brand-spanking new. There's no video arcade or loud music or vending machines, etc. It's just a bowling alley; small - maybe 10 lanes? - music in the background and not in-your-face, kind of place. (They do have computer consoles to keep track of your game and scores.) My kids pick this place over all the other "fancy" bowling places in the entire area. They do fun birthday parties at a reasonable pice, too. Usually there's plenty of on-street parking. NOTES: At peak times, the place can fill up, BUT if you call, they can usually give you a timeframe when lanes will probably open up. A real bonus that saves waiting around with restless children while they wait for a lane. You can't reserve lanes over the phone, but it does cut down on the waiting time. ALSO: NO CREDIT CARDS. Cash/check only. FINALLY: If pizza doesn't grab you, walk down one block to the Ridgeview restaurant. Ridgeview has a broader menu, is kid-friendly/has kids menu, reliable food, good milkshakes, and accepts plastic. They also have a cash machine.

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★★★★☆

This is a nifty, very easy-going place. Friendly, helpful staff. Very child-friendly, and easy on the budget. The building has been a bowling alley forever, so it has a well-loved charm to the place. It was owned by the same family for a long time, and got new owners a while back. Shoes are available for rental, and they have a small assortment of snacks and soda available at the front. They also have 'bumper bowling' for smaller children, and lighter weight bowlingballs can be found mixed in with the others theu have. You can also order a thin-crust pizza (limited topping; not gourmet/execptional pizza but very reliable and a good option for adult snacks or lunch for hungry kids) at the front desk - they have a small pizza place attached to the bowling alley. This is not a huge bowling multi-plex with bells, whistles, light shows, etc., so if that's what you're looking for, you'll be in the wrong place. It's not high-tech and brand-spanking new. There's no video arcade or loud music or vending machines, etc. It's just a bowling alley; small - maybe 10 lanes? - music in the background and not in-your-face, kind of place. (They do have computer consoles to keep track of your game and scores.) My kids pick this place over all the other "fancy" bowling places in the entire area. They do fun birthday parties at a reasonable pice, too. Usually there's plenty of on-street parking. NOTES: At peak times, the place can fill up, BUT if you call, they can usually give you a timeframe when lanes will probably open up. A real bonus that saves waiting around with restless children while they wait for a lane. You can't reserve lanes over the phone, but it does cut down on the waiting time. ALSO: NO CREDIT CARDS. Cash/check only. FINALLY: If pizza doesn't grab you, walk down one block to the Ridgeview restaurant. Ridgeview has a broader menu, is kid-friendly/has kids menu, reliable food, good milkshakes, and accepts plastic. They also have a cash machine.

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This is a nifty, very easy-going place. Friendly, helpful staff. Very child-friendly, and easy on the budget. The building has been a bowling alley forever, so it has a well-loved charm to the place. It was owned by the same family for a long time, and got new owners a while back. Shoes are available for rental, and they have a small assortment of snacks and soda available at the front. They also have 'bumper bowling' for smaller children, and lighter weight bowlingballs can be found mixed in with the others theu have. You can also order a thin-crust pizza (limited topping; not gourmet/execptional pizza but very reliable and a good option for adult snacks or lunch for hungry kids) at the front desk - they have a small pizza place attached to the bowling alley. This is not a huge bowling multi-plex with bells, whistles, light shows, etc., so if that's what you're looking for, you'll be in the wrong place. It's not high-tech and brand-spanking new. There's no video arcade or loud music or vending machines, etc. It's just a bowling alley; small - maybe 10 lanes? - music in the background and not in-your-face, kind of place. (They do have computer consoles to keep track of your game and scores.) My kids pick this place over all the other "fancy" bowling places in the entire area. They do fun birthday parties at a reasonable pice, too. Usually there's plenty of on-street parking.

NOTES: At peak times, the place can fill up, BUT if you call, they can usually give you a timeframe when lanes will probably open up. A real bonus that saves waiting around with restless children while they wait for a lane. You can't reserve lanes over the phone, but it does cut down on the waiting time. ALSO: NO CREDIT CARDS. Cash/check only.

FINALLY: If pizza doesn't grab you, walk down one block to the Ridgeview restaurant. Ridgeview has a broader menu, is kid-friendly/has kids menu, reliable food, good milkshakes, and accepts plastic. They also have a cash machine.

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This is a nifty, very easy-going place. Friendly, helpful staff. Very child-friendly, and easy on the budget. The building has been a bowling alley forever, so it has a well-loved charm to the place. It was owned by the same family for a long time, and got new owners a while back. Shoes are available for rental, and they have a small assortment of snacks and soda available at the front. They also have 'bumper bowling' for smaller children, and lighter weight bowlingballs can be found mixed in with the others theu have. You can also order a thin-crust pizza (limited topping; not gourmet/execptional pizza but very reliable and a good option for adult snacks or lunch for hungry kids) at the front desk - they have a small pizza place attached to the bowling alley. This is not a huge bowling multi-plex with bells, whistles, light shows, etc., so if that's what you're looking for, you'll be in the wrong place. It's not high-tech and brand-spanking new. There's no video arcade or loud music or vending machines, etc. It's just a bowling alley; small - maybe 10 lanes? - music in the background and not in-your-face, kind of place. (They do have computer consoles to keep track of your game and scores.) My kids pick this place over all the other "fancy" bowling places in the entire area. They do fun birthday parties at a reasonable pice, too. Usually there's plenty of on-street parking.

NOTES: At peak times, the place can fill up, BUT if you call, they can usually give you a timeframe when lanes will probably open up. A real bonus that saves waiting around with restless children while they wait for a lane. You can't reserve lanes over the phone, but it does cut down on the waiting time. ALSO: NO CREDIT CARDS. Cash/check only.

FINALLY: If pizza doesn't grab you, walk down one block to the Ridgeview restaurant. Ridgeview has a broader menu, is kid-friendly/has kids menu, reliable food, good milkshakes, and accepts plastic. They also have a cash machine.

Pros: Low-key atmosphere, kid friendly, low-hassle parking, nice staff, reasonably priced

Cons: No credit cards accepted, so be warned! Can get crowded on weekend mornings.

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This is a great little bowling alley and a wonderful place to have a private party. My kids friends and clubs have often met here. The whole family can enjoy bowling here.

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This is a great little bowling alley and a wonderful place to have a private party. My kids friends and clubs have often met here. The whole family can enjoy bowling here.

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