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The 8 Best Bowling Alleys In New York City

Caitlin Horsfield Caitlin Horsfield

The 8 Best Bowling Alleys In New York City
Looking for some old fashion, wholesome fun this weekend? Whether you’re the competitive type or are just looking to have a ball, bowling can be anyone’s game. We’ve put together a list (in no particular order) of 8 of the best bowling alleys in the city. Get your strike on.

1. Gutter Bar

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Part bowling alley, part dive bar. What more could you expect out of Brooklyn? This place sports eight hardwood lanes and a quite a few American craft beers as well as a pool table. Two for one bowling happy hour happens Monday- Friday from 5 to 7 pm.

Address: 200 N 14th Street, Brooklyn

Hours: Monday- Thursday 4 pm- 4 am, Friday 2 pm- 4 am, Saturday-Sunday 12 pm- 4 am

Price: $7 per game per person or $40 per lane per hour

More info: their website.

2. Astoria Bowl

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Good old fashion bowling at its finest. Astoria Bowl is a family owned alley that hosts birthdays, league games on Sunday, and a full service kitchen and bar. With 28 lanes, you shouldn’t have to wait too long for your game, especially on weeknights.

Address: 19-45 49th Street, Astoria

Hours: Monday-Wednesday 10 am – 12 am, Thursday 10 am- 11 pm, Friday- Saturday 10 am- 1 am, Sunday 12 pm – 11 pm

Price: Monday – Thursday: $5, Friday – Sunday: $6 or hourly Monday – Thursday: $10, Friday – Sunday: $12

More info: their website.

3. Melody Lanes

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Melody Lanes in Brooklyn is a family friendly bowling alley with all the amenities you can ask for. Their special prices throughout the week make it worth it for a game or two after work.

Address: 61 37th Street, Brooklyn

Hours: Sunday- Thursday 9 am – 12 am, Friday- Saturday 9 am- 3 am

Price: various special prices throughout the week.

More info: their website.

4. Frames Bowling Lounge

@framesnyc via Instagram
@framesnyc via Instagram

These lux lanes in Midtown west have a bit of everything; bowling, billiards, ping pong and karaoke. It’s a bit on the expensive end but it’s worth it to have everything in one spot. After 8 pm from Monday- Saturday the locale is 21+ but on Sundays, all ages are welcome.

Address: 550 9th Avenue

Hours: Monday- Thursday: 12 pm- 11 pm, Friday 12 pm- 2 am, Saturday 11 am- 2 am, Sunday, 11 am- 11 pm

Price: Walk-ins welcome, based on availability. $60 per hour, lane rental before 5 pm $75 after 5 pm.

More info: their website.

5. Shell Lanes

photo: @mrdineen via Instagram
photo: @mrdineen via Instagram

Tournaments, leagues, youth games, this spot in Brooklyn has a bit of everything. Keep an eye on their weekly specials as you can find a good deal for 2 hour games, individual games and more.

Address: 1 Bouck Court, Brooklyn

Hours: Monday- Thursday: 9 am- 12 am, Friday- Saturday 9 am- 1:30 am, Sunday 9 am- 12 am

Price: price specials vary per day

More info: their website.

6. Lucky Strike

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Lucky Strike is probably the most famous bowling alley in Manhattan. It’s expensive but convenient and their exclusive suite with 4 personal lanes is great for lavish events. The food isn’t half bad either. Note: there is a dress code and entrance is restricted to 21+after 7 pm.

Address:  670 W. 43rd Street

Hours: Sunday- Wednesday, 12 pm- 12 am, Thursday 12 pm- 1 am, Friday- Saturday, 12 pm – 2 am

More info: their website.

7. Whitestone Bowling

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This Queens bowling alley is one of the best deals in the city starting at $5.50 for a game depending on the time of day you stop in. The place is intense with 48 lanes and a bar. Think birthday parties, league games and date night. It’s good for it all.

Address: 30-05 Whitestone Expressway, Flushing

Hours: 6 am – late

Price:  Monday-Friday until 6 pm $5.50, after 6 pm, $8.50. Weekends, $8.50

More info: their website.

8. Van Nest Lanes

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This vintage inspired gem in the Bronx is a great place for a quick game. The pin-setting system is pretty old but the charm of the place makes it a must see.

Address: 1756 Bronxdale Avenue, Bronx

Price: $30 per hour, including shoes.