Bowling is a serious sport for some and a fun way to spend time with friends for others. Bowling always possesses the possibility of making some fun competition out of an ordinary night out. There are plenty of neighborhood bowling alleys available to knock down some pins and put down some friendly wagers. There are also some bowling establishments that take things to the next level—offering more than just your average game of 10 frames. Here are some of the best bowling alleys in the Cleveland area, no matter what you are looking for from your game.
The Corner Alley
402 Euclid Ave.
Cleveland, OH 44114
Located at the junction of Euclid Avenue and the always-happening East 4th Street, The Corner Alley offers a bowling alley amped up with all of the benefits of a downtown restaurant and club. With 16 lanes available for bowling, a full restaurant and some great bartenders who know how to provide fantastic libations, The Corner Alley can satisfy all of your needs for a great night out. A separate private room with a handful of lanes and a private bar permits an exclusive environment for parties or VIP-status celebrations.
12859 Brookpark Road
Parma, OH 44130
A quick trip south of downtown will take you to a bowling powerhouse located at Freeway Lanes in Parma. The 42 lanes offered would be reason enough as to why this establishment can fit your needs, but it offers far more than bowling. A restaurant and full-service bar are there to serve you, as well as a great outdoor patio. If sending the balls down the lanes loses your attention, regular live bands and special events may grab your focus and keep your night rolling.
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Mahall’s 20 Lanes
13200 Madison Ave.
Lakewood, OH 44107
Offering up the epitome of vintage style, Mahall’s 20 Lanes may make you feel like you stepped back a few decades as you walk through the door. The décor has not changed much over the many years this Lakewood institution has maintained its existence amidst the constantly changing world outside of its doors. But Mahall’s 20 Lanes is embracing at least part of modern culture. It has shifted part of its focus toward the burgeoning Cleveland music scene, hosting live bands every weekend and sporadically during the week. It also offers great food, including vegetarian options, and a full bar that remains affordable—just like the bowling rates. Mahall’s 20 Lanes is a great place to kick back with friends and bowl a few games as well as explore what’s hot on the Cleveland music scene.
6218 Pearl Road
Parma Heights, OH 44130
Yorktown Lanes has been serving up great bowling since 1959, but does not maintain that old nostalgic feel. Following a fire in 2011, this classic bowling center received a major facelift—pretty much everything in the place was replaced during the remodel, other than the pinsetters and lanes. Yorktown Lanes prides itself in maintaining its lanes, ensuring every avid bowler can make their shot without having to worry about the lane interfering with their technique. But it also offers fun events, open bowling and live music every Saturday in the Inferno Lounge. This is a great place to perfect your game or just have some fun with your friends or family.
30315 Euclid Ave.
Wickliffe, OH 44092
Bowling alleys tend to have a very nostalgic feel; accentuated by the fact that most of the carpet, lockers and fixtures in the place have been hanging around for decades. Wickliffe Lanes defies that stereotype, presenting bowling in a crisp, clean and fresh environment. Offering all of the standards available at any great bowling alley—league play, open bowling, birthday parties, snack bar—this place will let you get your game on without feeling like you need to sanitize your socks, as well as your fingers, when you get home. Top it all off with two full-service bars, 20 HDTVs and some of the best maintained lanes in the city and you can’t go wrong planning your next bowling adventure at Wickliffe Lanes.
Danielle Andes has spent the past two decades documenting the world around her through photography and writing, paying particular attention to the world of music. She was born and raised in Cleveland, and still resides there today. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.