I had called earlier in the week and found out that they don't take reservations for bowling (except for large parties) so it's first come first serve. Note: Someone who calls days ahead of time about bowling reservations is not the type of person who pays cover charges. Anyway, the hostess on the phone said that for Saturday nights starting around 6pm they generally have a 30 minute wait for bowling and the time increases the later you go. Well when we got there just shy of 8pm there was a 2.5 hour wait for bowling. Cray cray, right? So we grabbed a buzzer from them and headed to the bar for a drink. We figured we'd check the place out and most likely just turn the buzzer back in later because who waits 2.5 hours for bowling? Well it turns out that we are indeed the people who wait that long.
We grabbed a spot by the bar and enjoyed drinks and appetizers. The seating is seat yourself and we were lucky to find a spot at the bar since it was crowded. The time really went by fast. They had live music the whole time thanks to the Howl at the Moon part of the bar. I was expecting dueling pianos but it really wasn't like that at all. It really was more just live band music that was really good. They played ALL kinds of music - current, old school, country, rock, and the list went on. They take requests and play lots of crowd pleasers. I felt like I could easily sing along to basically all the songs and there were people tearing up the dance floor. Along with live music, also comes loud music though which was fine for us but definitely not what you'd be looking for if you wanted an intimate night out with lots of conversation. I felt like I was reliving my youth by shouting at friends over loud music.
Around 10:30pm, our bowling lane was ready. It was $18/person to bowl (weekend rate) and for a party of 4 we were able to have the lane for 1.5 hours. There is also full bar/food service with a waitress at the lanes.
The crowd was mixed - both young and old. It was also REALLY busy the whole time we were there. The later it got the more crowded it was. For most of the night, there was a long, line outside the building with people waiting to get in. We left shortly before midnight and there was STILL a small line to get in (they close at 1am). So if you decide to go, definitely shoot to get there early.
For me, the music was my favorite part. I think it would be great for a girls night out - I envision lots of singing along and dancing. It's definitely a party atmosphere. I probably wouldn't bowl again just because it's an added cost and I'm not a big bowler. I'm glad we checked out that part though - always fun to do something different! So that's the recap of our fun night out. I will definitely be heading back.
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