Rowans Bowl

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Rowans Bowl
Andy Parsons

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.

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Venue name: Rowans Bowl
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Address: 10 Stroud Green Rd
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N4 2DF
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tastemaker

Rowans is one place that I could go to over and over again without ever being disappointed. This weekend I booked some bowling lanes and invited 20 of my friends to celebrate my birthday and we had the best time. A lot of people hadn't been there before but they will certainly be returning after we partied the night away into the wee hours of the morning. Whether you're celebrating something or just looking for a fun night out, Rowans is definitely the place to go. 

Tastemaker

This legendary venue proves that traditional bowling will always be popular and when you have a winning formula you can stick with it. It's always busy and fun, and they also have Karaoke rooms, a bar and restaurant and even a dance floor to keep you amused.

Another thing I love about this place is the old school neon hoarding can be seen from the train when passing, which looks ace at night. It's a casual reminder of the fun times to be had within.

Tastemakertastemaker

Fun night out! Not your most pristine bowling lanes but it certainly has character!!!

Tastemaker

Over the last bank holiday weekend we had the sudden urge to include some "action" - fortunately, as it is not easy to book anything last minute, Rowans ended up to be just the place.

Upon entering you feel like lost in time - I was even waiting for waiters on roller skates. It's definitely more on the grubby side, but this only adds to the vibe.

As some of us weren't into bowling it's the perfect venue to a) reserve a lane within a reasonable timeslot and b) more than enough to do in the meantime ( just one word: arcade!!)


It's a fun place to be and especially if you can't quite settle what you are expecting of the night. At one point downstairs even turned into a big dance floor. Not much to add really - it's been a fun evening.


tastemaker

I have lived nearby for many years and even stare at this place while waiting for the bus many times a week but have never considered stepping over the threshold. What wasted years! This place is hilarious and is basically a retro playground with an after school hang out vibe. Dance machines, air hockey, 10p machines, karaoke, bowling, pool and table tennis - hours of fun. You will need to hold onto the ironic side of life and avoid eye contact with some shady types but grab a white russian and order fried chicken or pizza for delivery inside and you're all set for a top night with your gang.

tastemaker

If you are looking for a classy evening, this is not the place for you. If you are looking for a messy evening of drinking, dancing, bowling and kareoke, then step up right up. Entry is hugely affordable, as are drinks. Go for the alcoholic slushies or jugs of beer. You can play to your heart's content and drink as the perfect start to a night out or just for fun, plus the venue is open late (2am) at the weekends, so if you don't fancy going on to other things, you are all set!


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

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!

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. 

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…


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.