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The Best Bowling Alleys In Columbus

I would never proclaim to be the best at bowling.

In fact, I once scored a 34… with bumpers. But my terrible skills aside, I’ve never had a bad time while bowling.

There’s something about grabbing a pitcher of beer, eating some stale popcorn, and wearing shoes hundreds of other people have worn that’s just– fun. It should be gross, I know, but it all adds up to joy, and everyone can use a little more of that in their lives.

Pins Mechanical Company

What: You won’t find traditional lanes here. Pins has duckpin bowling, which means the pins are much smaller than ten-pin bowling, and the balls are softball sized. In addition to duckpin bowling, they’ve got shuffleboard, foosball, ping pong, pinball machines, good food, and great drinks. Pins is all ages until 8 p.m., and 21+ only after that.
Where: 141 N. 4th St. Columbus, OH + Mutiple locations
Cost: Games are free with purchase of beverages. No bowling shoes required!

Woodland’s Backyard

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What: Woodland’s backyard isn’t your typical bowling alley. Like the aforementioned Pins, it features a smaller version of bowling. You can start a game at Woodland’s Backyard by chatting with the bartender. If you want to reserve lanes for a private group, you can do that too! It’s the perfect place for a pre-wedding gathering, office parties, and more.
Where: 668 Grandview Avenue.
Cost: $4 per game, cost varies for private parties.

Ten Pin Alley

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What: Ten Pin Alley is one of my favorite places to bowl, even if I’m terrible at it. It’s such a genuinely cool bowling alley. In addition to bowling lanes, there’s also laser tag, bocce ball, and an arcade.
Where: 5499 Ten Pin Alley, Hilliard, Ohio
Cost: Hourly rates start at $30/lane. shoe rentals are $4 per pair.

Sequoia Pro Bowl

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What: Sequoia Pro Bowl is the quintessential bowling experience. They have leagues, special themed nights, late-night bowling, and even Bowl & Brunch on Sunday mornings. Their prices are cheap and the staff is friendly, making it the perfect place to spend an evening.
Where: 5501 Sandalwood Blvd. Columbus, OH
Cost: Regular Price Per Game is $7 and shoe rental is $4.

Gahanna Lanes

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What: This place is much more than just a bowling alley. In addition to bowling lanes, they have an arcade, a lounge, and glow-in-the-dark indoor Mini Golf! Gahanna Lanes is incredibly family friendly, with reduced prices for children, weekly specials, and group rates for larger families!
Where: 215 W Johnstown Rd. Gahanna, OH
Cost: Price Per Game is $7 and shoe rental is $4.

Star Lanes Polaris

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What: Star Lanes Polaris has 20 lanes, an arcade with more than 50 games, billiards, and amazing food from The Point Bar & Grill. If cocktails are your thing, Star Lanes is the bowling alley for you. Their cocktail menu includes delightful drinks like the Blackberry Basil Mule, The Pink Elephant, and my personal favorite, the Irish Maid, a whiskey-based cocktail with hints of mint.
Where: 8655 Lyra Dr. Columbus, OH
Cost: Rates vary by day and time

Columbus Square Bowling Palace

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What: When people think of bowling in the capital city, they usually think of Columbus Square Bowling Palace. It’s been voted the best bowling alley by fans for years, and we happen to think it’s pretty great as well. The lanes are open super late, which means any time you get an inkling to show off your twinkle toes, you totally can. There are leagues, tournaments– heck, there’s even a pro shop! So if your mantra is “Eat. Sleep. Bowl”, you’ll probably want to check out CSBP.
Where: 5707 Forest Hills Blvd, Columbus, OH
Cost: Prices vary