Rowans Bowl

Things to do , Games and hobbies Finsbury Park
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There aren't many places in north London where you can bowl, dance, slurp slushies and sing your heart out in a karaoke booth until the wee hours, but Rowans is one of them. This old den of entertainment has been there since 1913, surviving two world wars and even playing host to The Beatles in 1963. It almost got torn down by Harringay council to amke way for flats in 2014, but the adoring locals petitioned hard until the council gave in. And so they should! Here are five reasons we think it's so great, not to mention you can have pizza delivered straight to your lane or karaoke booth.

Venue name: Rowans Bowl
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Address: 10 Stroud Green Rd
London
N4 2DF
Transport: Tube: Finsbury Park
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3.4 / 5

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Fergus E

Very dissappointed by a place that's always been a regular spot for us.

Tonight we were rufused entry on the basis of not "having enough girls" with us. Laughable door policies shouldn't be the case in a place that relies so heavily on local custom.

A great place lost a bunch of real fans tonight

Clemie
Tastemaker

An absolute winner! (Much more so than I was).

Perfect destination after a bottomless brunch at Bad Egg – we turned up on a Saturday afternoon feeling rather wobbly on our feet with no reservations, and were shown to a couple of adjacent lanes and the bar almost immediately.

Everything’s a bit run-down, and it’s a wonderful throw-back to youthful weekends bowling back in the 90s. The drinks are cheap and plentiful, the staff are unbelievably helpful (we got some free much-needed tuition) and it’s only £6.30 for a round.

You can take your All Star Lanes – it’s all about Rowans!

bext45
Tastemaker

If you like your bowling 1990s arcade style over new 1950s vintage diner then this place is for you. It's absolutely brilliant; cheap bowling, cheap drinks and even a disco thrown in at the weekends. It'll take you back to being your 13 year old self, a nice rare treat in London. Take all your mates; it's a great night out. 

Laurala
Tastemaker

I thought I was only going bowling. But I ended up bowling (losing), drinking (frozen margaritas), playing air hockey (losing) and a round of pool (winning!). But as my mum once told me, it’s not all about winning, it’s about having a ghood time. And I sure did. Make sure you have some cash to spend though…

Miriam B

This place is amazing! It's authentically retro - slightly rundown bowling lanes, an arcade room (complete with indoor basketball), a sectioned off karaoke room and a dancefloor with a DJ who even takes requests. The bar is incredibly cheap and sells Slush Puppies, which you can customise with a spirit of your choosing. Top tip - tequila works well, gin is not so good. 

Entry is a nominal £2.