Leisure Time Bowl
Photographs: Lizz Kuehl
Rab's Country Lanes
Bowlmor’s newer Midtown West location boasts 50 lanes divided among seven NYC-themed rooms: enter the Times Square of the 1960s through a naughty storefront, or warm yourself by the cozy fireplaces in the Bethesda Fountain–inspired bowling suite.
Deals: Night Strike—glow-in-the-dark bowling (Thu 9pm–1am)—includes unlimited bowling, plus shoe rental, for $24 per person.
The performance venue-slash-16-lane alley is set in the abyss of a renovated warehouse, which leaves more than enough space for an on-site Blue Ribbon. Gorge on comfort food favorites (like a sloppy joe or fried chicken platter) among fellow mid-20s brethren--the scene is decidedly a postgrad favorite.
Deals: Blanket pricing means there aren't any...you're paying per lane, per half hour--no matter what.
The alley formerly known as Leisure Time Bowl offers 26 lanes (plus two more in the VIP room), two full-service bars, a steakhouse and a dance lounge; it’s one of the few clubs in the city where you’ll see bowling shoes doubling as dancing shoes.
Deals: The Ultimate Bottle & Bowl (Fri, Sat 11pm–close) gets you a reserved section in the dance lounge, a bottle of vodka, rum, whiskey or champagne and two hours of bowling for $39.95 per person. The Night Owl Special (Sun–Thu from 9pm, Fri from 5pm, Sat all day) buys two hours of bowling and an 11-pint beer tower for $29.95 per person. Both deals include shoe rental.
The 24 lanes, at-lane food service and VIP lounge are great, but the best thing about this joint are its theme nights, including black-lit Cosmic Fridays and open-mic Thursdays. Plus, the jerk wings are killer.
Deals: The Family Four Pack (available 11am–11pm Sunday), includes one hour of bowling plus shoe rental for $40; additional hours are $15.
You have to be at least 21 to bowl at this highly stylized hipster haunt, which features old-school score monitors, stained-glass lamps and a dozen taps loaded with American craft beers—including Chelsea Checker Cab.
Deals: Score two games for the price of one Sunday through Thursday (1am–close) and Friday (2pm–6pm).
The Hell’s Kitchen outpost of this national chain boasts 26 state-of-the-art lanes and 11 billiard tables ($15 per hour). Have a drink in the lounge or a meal in the restaurant while you wait for a personal buzzer to announce that your lane is ready. We recommend booking ahead for weekends; lane reservations can be made up to three weeks in advance.
Deals: The Monday Night Block Party (8pm–11pm) includes shoe rental and unlimited bowling with a $15 food and drink minimum per person, per hour.
This alley is another nostalgic throwback, featuring a giant lounge dividing the 48 lanes, a snack bar that fits large groups and a well-labeled ball selection. Bowl for three hours on Sunday mornings for $25. (Arrive early—the lanes generally sell out by 8:15am.)
Deals: On Sundays after 9pm, pay a $6 cover charge and $1 per game. 10@10 Tuesdays offer an all-you-can-bowl deal for $10 after 10pm.
This is the alley you grew up in—small and community-oriented, with a guy in a Totti shirt to your left and a little girl’s birthday party to your right. There’s no snootiness here—just classic (read: greasy) snacks and a full bar in a well-cooled, unassuming environment.
Deals: Midnight Glow offers unlimited bowling on Fridays and Saturdays after midnight for $22 per person, shoes included. Sundays and Mondays from 8pm to midnight, pay the standard $8 for round one, then $4.50 for each additional game.
You name it, they have it: dartboards, pool tables, a pro shop, a sweet game room with five Skee-Ball machines, a sports bar with bucket specials and a pizzeria-grill. Moreover, the pulsating Xtreme Glow-in-the-Dark Bowling makes for a wildly bright Friday or Saturday night.
Deals: From 9:30pm to 12:30am on Mondays, it’s Bowl-Till-You-Drop: all-you-can-bowl for $10 per person (minimum four people per lane). From 9:30am–11:30am on Saturday and Sunday, up to six people can rent a lane for $10 per hour.
A bumper system allows adults, kids and double-digit bowlers to all play on the same lane. We like the in-house pizzeria (owned by Gennaro’s), the on-site pro shop, the High Roller Lounge’s pool tables and darts, and the 100-ounce beer tube for $22.
Deals: The $50 Fun Pack includes shoe rental, an hour and a half of bowling, a whole pizza and a pitcher of soda for up to four people.