I'm a sucker for bowling. I am by no means a pro, but it's a fun way to spend an afternoon or evening - especially when Minnesota's weather isn't very cooperative for spending time outside.
Thankfully, Minnesota has some pretty impressive and iconic places to bowl!
From amazing food, fun side amenities like an arcade or virtual reality, neat alley design, or fashionable cocktails, there are a lot of things that people might use to identify a bowling alley as one that stands above the rest.
While most people have a favorite bowling alley (for whatever the reason it might be your favorite), what are the best places in Minnesota to bowl?
If you trust the reviews and ratings from TripAdvisor, these are the 10 best bowling alleys in Minnesota. From vintage bowling fun to modern design and beyond, these alleys all offer some fun, quirky, or interesting reasons to check them out the next time you're looking to bowl.
10 Best Bowling Alleys In Minnesota, According To TripAdvisor
#10: Blainbrook Entertainment Center - Minneapolis, MN
Family owned and operated since 1976, Blainbrook features 24 lanes of bowling, a full menu, a bar area, big screen TVs for watching the game, and arcade games like pinball.
Reviewers highlight their happy hour, food menu, friendly staff, inexpensive bowling, and ample parking.
#9: Isle Bowl and Pizza - Isle, MN
Isle Bowl is a small-town alley with a big-time reputation among visitors to the establishment. It features 8 bowling lanes, video games, darts, and a pool table. Special bowling events include cosmic & blacklight bowling and there is a full-service bar & restaurant on-site.
Reviewers highlight it as a family-friendly place with high-quality pizza. One reviewer also pointed out that for the non-bowlers in the group, there are even pull-tabs to play.
#8: Memory Lanes - Minneapolis, MN
Calling themselves a "state-of-the-art entertainment center", Memory Lanes in South Minneapolis has 30 lanes, a full-service bar and restaurant, a banquet room for events and parties, arcade, and features live music many nights a week
Reviewers highlight good happy hour specials and food, "aged, in a good way" style, and great staff. One reviewer called the bowling lanes "top-notch".
#7: Flaherty's Arden Bowl - Arden Hills, MN
Family-owned and operated since 1938, this long-standing Arden Hills tradition has earned multiple bowling and activity accolades over the years. It features several bowling lanes, arcade, pro shop, pub & grill, event and party space, and more.
Reviewers highlight the atmosphere, friendly staff, great bar area, and good food - including pizza "loaded with cheese and other ingredients with a crust that is thin and just right".
#6: Chucker's Bowl & Lounge - Rush City, MN
Chucker's offers a modern 16-lane bowling alley with a state-of-the-art scoring system and other fun waiting too. Things like a game room and event space for parties and other gatherings. Enjoy food from their full menu and beverages from their full bar.
Reviewers highlight their monthly themed bowling parties, reasonably priced drinks, and well-maintained lanes, pins, and balls. Also of note was the great service from the friendly staff.
#5: Skyline Social & Games - Duluth, MN
Recently renovated, Skyline Social & Games in Duluth's neighboring town Hermantown offers way more than bowling. Skyline does offer several traditional bowling lanes, but also has duckpin bowling, axe throwing, an arcade, virtual reality area, and outdoor games like volleyball and bags (cornhole). Skyline also features a full bar and food, with pizza being the popular menu item for visitors.
Reviewers highlight the impressive size of the space and offerings available, the well-maintained facilities, great service, and awesome pizza.
#4: Bowlocity Entertainment Center - Rochester, MN
Another recently remodeled facility, Bowlcity underwent a $4 million renovation in 2014. The newly-remodeled space includes a suites bowling area with couches and a private bar, arcade games, two-story lazer tag area, and multiple party rooms for groups to host parties and events.
One reviewer called it "one of the best things to do in Rochester", while others highlight the overall family-friendly experience with lots of activities with lots of reviewers using words like "a blast" and "great time" to describe their experience.
#3: Pinstripes - Edina, MN
Pinstripes in Edina is part of a series of locations around the country that also include places like Chicago, Bellvue, Washington, and Houston, Texas. The Minnesota location features bowling, bocce, and a food and drink menu that goes well beyond normal bowling alley food. The attached bistro features an extensive menu that includes brunch, high-end sandwiches, salads, and other gourmet items.
Reviewers highlight the food menu, indoor bocce, fire pits, and great bowling.
#2: Island Xtreme Bowl - Welch, MN
Located at Treasure Island Resort & Casino, this alley has 24 lanes with a state-of-the-art sound and light system along with an arcade, private party rooms, and a cafe area.
Reviewers highlight the space as a fun destination for people of all ages, with plenty of adjacent fun for everyone. One reviewer pointed out a really fun atmosphere and excellent pizza, including a "nicely-loaded taco pizza".
#1: Bryant-Lake Bowl - Minneapolis, MN
What other bowling alley also offers movies, theater, and live music? Bryant-Lake Bowl does, along with food, beverages, and all kinds of fun! This iconic bowling alley was the subject a few years ago to a really cool drone video that shows off the space, which features only 8 lanes - but they're definitely pretty neat.
Reviewers highlight the fun atmosphere, unique vibe, and one person even said the burger they had there was the best they've had in a long time.
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