Sacco's Bowl Haven

Bar / Bowling Alley / Restaurant
Sacco's Bowl Haven A hidden gem with a cult following of hip young locals, Sacco's Bowl Haven offers a unique old-school night out at equally old-school prices. Boston United States 42.3956508 -71.1236508
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Party Earth Review A hidden gem with a cult following of hip young locals, Sacco’s Bowl Haven offers a unique old-school night out at equally old-school prices. First opened in 1939, the venue has retained its original focus on candlepin... ... read full review

  • Hours:

    M–Th 9am–midnight, F–Sa 10am–midnight, Su noon–midnight

  • Recommended as:

    • Day Spot
    • Night Spot

Party Earth Sacco's Bowl Haven Review

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A hidden gem with a cult following of hip young locals, Sacco's Bowl Haven offers a unique old-school night out at equally old-school prices.

A hidden gem with a cult following of hip young locals, Sacco’s Bowl Haven offers a unique old-school night out at equally old-school prices.

First opened in 1939, the venue has retained its original focus on candlepin bowling, though new owners have updated the place by adding a wood-fired pizza parlor and alcohol – an element that had been sorely lacking from the premises for decades.

Situated in the middle of the space are eight refreshingly low-tech bowling lanes, where ball returns are powered by nothing but gravity and players still use a pencil and scorecard to keep track of who’s winning.

The Flatbread Company restaurant to one side of the lanes features several primitive clay ovens and a vintage décor of aqua green seating, wood paneling, and lighting fixtures painted to look like pool balls, all combined to create a slightly funky look that obviously appeals to the outgoing groups of alternative types and daters who stop in for pre-bowling dinner and a few of the craft beers on tap.

Those already assigned a lane can take quick breaks between turns to check out the cocktail specials at the new bar, built the entire length of what used to be Lane 10.

Although it can take up to an hour to get a lane on weekend evenings, the attentive staff at Sacco's makes it easy to order from both the dining area and the lanes, which means the wait is less of a hassle and more of an excuse to enjoy good food and good beer with a sociable crowd looking for a different kind of night out.

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Tip from Emma:

Sacco’s is already really affordable, but if you want an even better deal, just check out the website. They often have printable coupons for free shoe rental, discounted lanes, and so on – so you have more to spend on the delicious flatbread!

  • Crowd

    Fun-loving and casual young locals, alternative types, people on dates, groups, and some hipsters, mostly 20s to 30s.

  • Entertainment / Music

    Candlepin bowling.

  • Food / Miscellaneous

    The Flatbread Company offers a menu featuring wood-fired clay oven pizzas.

  • Prices

    Bowling $3/game, shoe rental $2. Salads $5.75–$7, flatbreads $7.25–$9.50/half and $13–$18/whole. Beer $2.75–$5.50, wine $6, cocktails $8.50.

  • What to Wear / Dress Code

    Casual for both men and women. Anything goes.

  • Hot Nights / When to Go

    Any night, though big crowds on Fridays and Saturdays may mean a wait for lanes.

  • Close By

    Several pubs and bars are located in nearby Davis Square, including The Burren (247 Elm Street), an Irish pub with good live music.

Sacco's Bowl Haven User Reviews

Average rating:
Bowling Brews and Flatbreads, what more could you want
Jamin W. Mar 29, 2013
As a Somerville Native, Sacco's hasn't always been the first choice in, not seedy, totally not going to get stabbed, places to go in Davis Square, but since their remodeling and new ownership, Sacco's has quickly become one of my favorite places in the City. The place used to be a pool hall with a candlepin bowling alley, but they converted the pool area into an awesome flatbread restaurant, complete with brick oven. Seriously, it's one of the best pies in the city, so definitely grab one. The decor here is all classic 70s bowling alley, complete with pictures of long forgotten heroes of the lane chucking the tiny bowling balls at pins. Sacco's is all candlepin, which I love, because there is nothing better than getting a little drunk with friends and throwing stuff. The drinking, by the way, is exceptional as they have a wide selection of local brews as well as liquor and wine. All in all, its a very fun atmosphere, pretty cheap to bowl, great food, great drinks, and better times. Check it out, you'll be sure to come back, though if you are a larger party, 6 or more, grab a reservation, it can get busy fast.
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