Twin Cities best bowling alleys offer a variety of entertaining options

Bowling: set them up, knock them down. While some make their living off this simple game, many people still love to go out with their friends, have some laughs, and hit some pins. So here are five fantastic bowling alleys in the metro area that’ll make for a great time:

Park Tavern

The official practice facility for the BSM Bowling team, Park Tavern features 20 lanes, a small game room, and delicious eats. The lanes are professionally-certified, making Park Tavern a choice for the pros, as well as an all around fantastic place for anyone to throw a couple of games. The location is great as it’s very close to BSM, and if you can get there before 4PM on weekdays, one game is just $3.

Brunswick Zone Eden Prairie

This colossal 32 lane alley is not only a place to bowl on nice, polished lanes but also the site of a sizeable game room and a newly built laser tag arena. Brunswick Zone is the place to go for serious bowlers, as the lanes are professionally-certified and has a pro shop for all your equipment needs.The single game prices are a little steep, as much as $4.99 on weekends and one round of lazer tag runs as high as $6.99 a person, but the money will definitely be worth it.

Town Hall Lanes

Attention serious bowlers: Skylane of Minneapolis has shut its doors for good, but a new, infused restaurant and ten lane bowling alley has opened in its place. Located near the Minneapolis/St. Paul International Airport, Town Hall Lanes truly gives the feel of a 1950s-bowling-renaissance alley. When it’s time to eat, Town Hall Lanes’ menu will definitely satisfy, especially with their homemade root beer. One game is $4.25, seven days a week, and there’s even weekly bowling leagues that can be joined.

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Bryant Lake Bowl

Simply put, Bryant-Lake Bowl is more than just a bowling alley; it’s a restaurant, music venue, and a theatre. Located in Uptown Minneapolis, this is probably as far away from a pro bowler’s haven as an alley can get, but anyone who’s looking for a good time will definitely enjoy this twelve lane party venue. And when a bowler needs to refuel there are some great food choices such as waffles in the morning and nachos late at night. One game of bowling is $4 Sunday through Thursday and only 50 cents more on the weekends.


Located in the heart of Edina, Pinstripes, a 16 lane party spot, might have the greatest deal on this list: after 8PM Sunday-Thursday, it costs $3 for a game of bowling, as well as $5 for an oven-hot pizza. Each lane has its own three person couch, and there’s also a bar/restaurant area that churns out delicious food, so it’s no surprise that Pinstripes is packed all the time. Pinstripes is not a terrific place for the pros due to the lanes not being professionally-certified and no pro shop, but hey, they give away a free pair of socks with shoe rental.