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, replaced... ... read full review
50 Dalton Street
Boston, MA 02115
Green Line: Hynes Convention Center; Orange Line: Massachusetts Avenue
M 5pm–2am, Tu–Su 11:30am–2am
Back Bay, Boston –
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.
Preppy college types, grad students, groups of young professionals, occasional bowling teams, and dates, early 20s to late 30s.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Friday and Saturday nights for the biggest crowd, though it’s best to arrive around dinner time to avoid waiting for a lane.
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