What’s traditionally thought of as a more laid-back entertainment option has fast become an alternative to getting together at night clubs and bars. Colloquially called “clubbing”, the model often includes a venue with one or more bars, DJs and dance floors, where young people, or people young at heart, can congregate, order various alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks.
Bowling alleys have long been an alternative to these clubs, and in recent years they have become more and more upscale, with bowling alleys being transformed into a place with DJs, discos, video arcades, full bars, and swanky lounges. Bowling alleys are no longer a stand-alone club in the suburb where elderly men drink cheap beer and where collars that rival the size of their bowling shoes. They are now prominently situated in city centers next to upscale restaurants and bars and even enforce dress codes in the evenings so be sure to check to make sure you don’t show up in ball caps and shredded jeans. You can even find some in Tinsel Town where 15 years ago nobody would have considered to be any sort of nightlife hollywood.
These places may attract a wide variety of clientele, but typically there is a high percentage of young urban professionals in the late 20s-40s range in major metropolitan cities. In addition, it’s also a popular destination for singers, comedians, entertainers, socialites, and celebrities of all kinds. These places are also popular destinations for birthday parties, corporate social events and comedy shows.
Bowling as we know it today was developed in the United States in the late 1950s, though historians have shown that this form of game can be traced back to Ancient Egypt. In modern day bowling alleys, ten pins are most common played, with varying ball weights. Gutter guards can usually be found on at least a few lanes so that children and beginners can bowl and not be laughed off the platform after rolling embarrassing gutter balls.
The 1996 movie Kingpin starring Woody Harrelson helped to revitalize the bowling industry. It was about this time that upscale bowling establishes began to start surfacing across the United States. Although followship of the Professional Bowlers Association (PBA) has remained relatively flat there has been a steady increase in amateur and recreational bowler attendance over the past decade.
If you are sick of spending your evenings bumping up against sweaty pervs at your local club scene check out your nearest upscale bowling center. You may be surprised how much you enjoy it.