Whether you’re looking for fun things to do when it’s pouring down outside or simply looking to work up a sweat at some of the city’s best indoor sport activities (while avoiding the baking sun), you can’t go wrong with a game or two of good ol’ fashioned bowling. From tropical-themed disco bowling to private VIP parties, we’ve detailed the best bowling alleys in Hong Kong for you to make a strike. Looking for an after-party? Check our list of the best things to do this weekend for timely inspiration.
Best Hong Kong bowling alleys
The only bowling alley in Hong Kong with a tropical theme, Tikitiki Bowling Bar is populated with palm trees, rattan furniture and Polynesian decorations. Featuring 10 bowling lanes that look as much like a dancefloor as a bowling alley, the space also has an indoor and outdoor bar, and a live music lounge. Sip on delicious exotic cocktails served in coconut shells and adorable tiki mugs while you hit the lanes with your mates.
Cost: $300 per hour.
Located in an unassuming neighbourhood surrounded by residences and a wet market, this chandelier-adorned alley is a local favourite. Its 32 lanes accommodates players of all ages and types, with professional and leisure training classes for kids, tournaments for devoted adults and a specially-designed lane for the disabled. Dragon Bowling, which has four branches, is expressly focused on training bowling stars of the next generation, sending the gifted ones abroad for competitions to keep the scene in Hong Kong growing healthily. It also hosts birthday parties and events.
Cost: Lane rental (per game) $12-$28 depending on visiting hours. Shoe rental: Free.
A well-rounded hangout spot for a casual game. While experts can show off their skills on 22 modern lanes, others can play a round of pool in the private room. And if you’ve ‘Munsoned out’ (thanks, Bill Murray) on the lanes, head for the internet stations or the restaurant. Thunder Bowl also has a comfy VIP room with two lanes that can be partitioned off for an exclusive private party. Two ‘bumper lanes’ are reserved for children that avoids any gutter balls. Tournaments are held every Tuesday night and Monday morning.
Cost: Lane rental (per game) $30 for weekday daytime, $40 for weekday nights, $50 for weekends. Shoe rental: $12.
Formerly in Mei Foo, Magic Fun Bowling World is a fairly new operator that’s one of the biggest bowling spaces in the SAR with 22 international standard sized lanes. The entertainment venue not only features a full-service restaurant, you can hop over to the billiards room to shoot some pool and or head to the large darts zone that’s fully equipped with electronic darts boards. MFBW is popular among players of any age. Even grannies can be seen enjoying a leisurely game! (Although, the manager does worry that they might injure themselves.) The venue also hosts an array of in-house competitions throughout the year. It’s a striking place...
Cost: Lane rental (per game) $32-$48/adult; $22-$30/student. Shoe rental: $12/adult; $5/student. Party and corporate booking also available.
Tucked away in the shopping complex of a housing estate without a sign on the entrance, this bowling centre was surprisingly busy during the Friday morning we paid a visit. The 28-lane centre was almost completely filled with students and families. The centre has minimal décor and is accompanied by a bargain café serving meals and snacks all day long. There are also three pool tables at $42 an hour for those who fancy mixing things up.
Cost: Lane rental (per game) $30/adult. Shoe rental $8.
Cost: Lane rental (per game) $26-$35 (weekdays), $40 (weekends). Shoe rental: $12 per pair.