Bowling is a fun and affordable way to socialize, exercise and try something out of the ordinary from your usual night out. With no shortage of top-notch bowling alleys throughout the city, it’s no surprise that bowling is one of the more popular recreational activities for Pittsburghers looking to squeeze in some extra exercise, engage in friendly competition among friends or simply hone their bowling skills. From classic, old-school venues to alleys that offer a complete dining and entertainment experience, there’s a bowling alley that’s perfect for your next night on the town. Give your ball a roll at these five bowling alleys considered among the best for a night out in Pittsburgh.
5844 Forward Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15217
Travel back in time at Squirrel Hill’s Forward Lanes, a retro-style bowling alley that delivers hours of fun. With its affordable games, clean restrooms, well-maintained old-school character and a wonderfully stocked concession stand with beers, Forward Lanes is considered one of the region’s top-rated bowling centers. Daily specials, such as discounted bowling shoe rentals and $10 all-you-can-bowl nights, also receive high marks among both amateur and serious bowlers. Forward Lanes only accepts cash, so be sure to have a few dollars on you or visit the ATM machine located inside.
The Lanes at Latitude 40
200 Quinn Drive
Pittsburgh, PA 15275
For a great girls’ night out, make sure your next night on the town includes a stop at The Lanes located inside Latitude 40 where ladies bowl for free on Thursdays. The Lanes isn’t your average bowling alley but rather a state-of-the-art luxury bowling alley that offers 24 bowling lanes, a top-quality entertainment system playing the hottest dance hits, a humongous video wall and even drink and food service available at your lane. Bowl until your heart’s content and then venture around this 65,000-square-foot entertainment venue that also houses a bar and restaurant, game room, dance floor and cigar lounge. Latitude 40 is located in The Point at North Fayette just minutes from Robinson Town Centre and The Mall at Robinson.
Arsenal Bowling Lanes
212 44th St.
Pittsburgh, PA 15201
Locals rank Lawrenceville’s Arsenal Bowling Lanes as one of the best bowling alleys for a casual evening of friendly competition and good drinks. You won’t find a pretentious professional atmosphere or pre-teens covered in glow sticks here, just good old-fashioned bowling lanes and a relaxed, over-21 crowd. Daily specials range from $8 all-you-can-bowl nights to 50-cent bowling shoe rentals, hot dogs and sodas. DJs, game nights and live bands only add to the fun of Arsenal Bowling Lanes, which Pittsburghers continue to vote as the city’s best bowling alley.
AMF Mt. Lebanon Lanes
1601 Washington Road
Pittsburgh, PA 15228
If you hate waiting for hours for a lane to open up, you’ll appreciate the multitude of lanes available at AMF Mt. Lebanon Lanes. With an impressive 52 lanes, each complete with a flat-screen monitors and Kegel lane machine, you’re guaranteed to score big when you play at this well-maintained bowling alley. In addition to bowling, AMF Mt. Lebanon offers three billiards tables and a separate sports bar that is smoker-friendly. A game room area has several video games and air hockey tables make this a great option for a kid-friendly day at the lanes.
540 Weyman Road
Pittsburgh, PA 15236
Another fantastic family-friendly bowling alley is Princess Lanes located on Weyman Road in the city’s South Hills region. Forty-four immaculately maintained lanes provide hours of bowling fun while flat-screen TVs and upgraded scoring software and synthetic add a modern vibe to this traditional bowling alley. An attached bar, Prior’s Tavern, is a cool hangout for parents looking to take a break while the kids continue to bowl. Enjoy a wide selection of beer, wine, mixed drinks and appetizers while you catch your favorite game on the eight HDTVs. A friendly and helpful staff and clean bathrooms only add to your Princess Lanes experience.
Jessica Wasik lives in Pittsburgh where she works as a full-time figure skating coach sharing her passion with today’s generation of young skaters. A graduate of Robert Morris University with a degree in English Studies, Jessica is also a contributing writer for Allegheny West Magazine. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.