Bowling strikes and spares might be hard for some, but these bowling alleys in the Essex County Area allow even the worst bowlers to enjoy playing the game (with or without bumpers). These alleys are more of a destination, offering food and beverages for guests to enjoy while bowling or enjoying other amenities on-site like arcade games. Many offer leagues to join too for those looking for more competitive games. Keep reading for a roundup of bowling alleys in the area.
Bowlero Belleville | 697 Washington Avenue, Belleville
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This is more than just your regular bowling alley. Head to Bowlero for a night out on the town with friends or even date night. There are a few locations across New Jersey, and this location has plenty of food and drinks to order “laneside” (including the shareable 123 oz. dunk tank cocktail). Sunday marks the “Sunday Funday” special with $4.59 games of bowling and $3 for a $6 arcade card after 6PM.
Bowl-Rite Lanes | 714 Summit Avenue, Union City
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Bowl-Rite Lanes originally opened above the Shop Rite in 1965, hence the name. This bowling alley has various bites and brews, and hard liquor and wine options too, along with daily specials. Each game ranges from $3 to $5, and there are even seasonal leagues to join. The Summer leagues start on May 31, so sign up soon. Oh, and a friendly reminder to make sure you enter Bowl-Rite Lanes from 8th Street.
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Garwood Lanes | 346 North Avenue, Garwood
Bowling at Garwood Lanes ranges from $4 to $7 per game depending on the day. Seniors can bowl (and get shoes) for $2 every Tuesday at 1PM. Happy Hour is Monday through Friday 4PM – 6:30PM. Check the website soon for more information on the upcoming summer league.
Humdingers | 64 East Midland Avenue, Paramus
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Head to Humdingers for tech-savvy bowling, where each lane is equipped with graphics and fun games to play on the wooden lane. Guests looking for more than just bowling can also head to the batting cages, arcade, or laser maze. There are a few laser-related games to play there including running through lasers or avoiding them at all costs. There is also a full menu of food options and even a few wine choices from Hopewell Valley Vineyards. This bowling alley is also BYOB, but guests must order food from the menu to enjoy their beverages.
Nationwide Bowling Centers | Various North Jersey Locations
As a family-owned and operated business since 1957, Nationwide Bowling Centers knows the North Jersey bowling scene quite well. It has six locations including Boonton, Hackensack, Jersey City, and more. Check the website for various specials and events, including leagues to join.
STRYXE | 300 Main Street, Madison
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STRYXE is self-proclaimed as “a unique entertainment experience” where guests can enjoy bowling, amusement games, billiards, and shuffleboard. This location boasts not one, but two bars, as well as two options of where to eat, either at the Eatery or “laneside.” There are 20 regulation lanes for guests to enjoy, and TVs all over. Check the website for various specials and events for all ages.
T-Bowl II | 300 Preakness Shopping Center, Wayne
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This classic bowling alley includes plenty of lanes for friends to enjoy. Head to Niki’s Snack Bar located onsite to enjoy various bar-food types of snacks, as well as a kid’s menu. Check out the various specials including fifty-cent games and other food, drink, and bowling specials at the website. Reservations for specials cannot be made online. T-Bowl II also has leagues available for all ages.