Kings

Bar / Bowling Alley / Pool Hall / Restaurant
Kings "There's no shortage of entertainment at Kings, a 24,000-square-foot facility filled with bowling, billiards, and brews._x000D_ Boston United States 42.346858 -71.085181
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Kings - Bar | Bowling Alley | Pool Hall | Restaurant in Boston.
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Party Earth Review There's no shortage of entertainment at Kings, a 24,000-square-foot facility filled with bowling, billiards, and brews. Chatty couples on first dates and business types bowling in suits dominate the early hours... ... read full review

  • T Stop:

    Green Line: Hynes Convention Center; Orange Line: Massachusetts Avenue

  • Phone:

    617-266-2695

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  • Hours:

    M–F noon–1am, Sa noon–2am, Su noon–11pm

  • Recommended as:

    • Night Spot

Party Earth Kings Review

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"There's no shortage of entertainment at Kings, a 24,000-square-foot facility filled with bowling, billiards, and brews._x000D_

There's no shortage of entertainment at Kings, a 24,000-square-foot facility filled with bowling, billiards, and brews.

Chatty couples on first dates and business types bowling in suits dominate the early hours, replaced by louder groups of carefree students and young professionals later in the evening.

Some amiable patrons mingle and flirt as they wait for their personal buzzers to vibrate, signaling their lane is open, as others use the downtime to enjoy karaoke, trivia, or the occasional boisterous round of shots.

A floor-to-ceiling mural of bowling pins and hundreds of celebrity photos cover the walls, while the alley itself is a sensory overload featuring checkered floors, blue fluorescent lighting, and flat-screen TVs over each of the sixteen lanes.

Curved wooden benches provide plenty of seating for the animated groups playing high-energy games or indulging in an impromptu dance party to Lady Gaga around the lanes.

Those interested in quieter entertainment can play on one of the eight pool tables in the billiard room, which also contains a lively bar offering the same creative cocktails, including the huge and enigmatic Swedish Fish Scorpion Bowl.

Anyone in search of a vibrant venue for a date or a group outing will find it at Kings, a classy playground appealing to the big kid in everyone.

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Tip from Emma:

If you’re going on a Friday or Saturday night, take advantage of the Priority Lanes program. An advance dinner reservation will give your group priority on the lane waitlist, which means you’ll avoid a one- to two-hour wait.

  • Crowd

    Preppy college types, grad students, groups of young professionals, occasional bowling teams, and dates, early 20s to late 30s.

  • Entertainment / Music

    Playlist mixes of 90s hip-hop and Top 40 tunes. Sixteen bowling lanes, eight Gold Crown billiard tables, and flat-screen TVs.

    Stump! Trivia Tuesdays 8pm (free for college students); free bowling for college students Tuesdays 9pm and for service industry Mondays 9pm; open mic night Wednesdays 8pm; live jazz Fridays 9:30pm; and karaoke Thursdays 9pm and Saturdays 10pm.

  • Food / Miscellaneous

    American comfort food including pizza and pulled pork sliders. The venue is 21+ after 6pm. Two-game limit if there is a waiting list for lanes.

  • Prices

    Appetizers $6–$20, salads and sandwiches $6–$18, entrées $10–$16. Beer $5–$9, wine $7–$10, cocktails $9–$16, frozen drinks $8+, shared drink bowls $28.

  • What to Wear / Dress Code

    Comfortable clothes, mostly jeans and t-shirts or polos for guys, and jeans and nice tops for girls. Dress code: no bandanas, large chains, oversized shirts, sleeveless shirts, or work boots.

  • Hot Nights / When to Go

    Friday and Saturday nights for the biggest crowd, though it’s best to arrive around dinner time to avoid waiting for a lane.

  • Close By

    Cactus Club (939 Boylston Street) offers a fun atmosphere with plenty of Mexican food and margaritas.

Kings User Reviews

Average rating:
Kings is variety at it's best
Alicia F. Nov 21, 2012
There is something for everyone at Kings. Bowling may be its main attraction, with 16 lanes to accommodate large and small groups, but there is so much more. The growing list includes: shuffleboard, retro arcade games (skee ball anyone?), terrific bar grub, and various nightly events like karaoke, and trivia. And if games aren’t your thing, no one will look twice if you prefer to dance around to the mix of Top 40’s hits and 90’s throwback jams. Trust me, I know this from first-hand experience. But if you do want to bowl on a weekend, arrive EARLY to claim your lane. Oh Kings uses Swedish Fish and Gummi Bears in their drinks… need I say more?
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