Bowlmor Lanes

Bar / Bowling Alley / Restaurant
Bowlmor Lanes Located in the heart of Times Square – and marked by a superbly kitschy neon sign of Bowlmor Bob, a zoot-suited man winging a ball – Bowlmor Lanes is the Wayne Newton of bowling alleys, a multilevel funfest comprised of a... New York United States 40.757782 -73.987191
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Party Earth Review Located in the heart of Times Square – and marked by a superbly kitschy neon sign of Bowlmor Bob, a zoot-suited man winging a ball – Bowlmor Lanes is the Wayne Newton of bowling alleys, a multilevel funfest comprised of... ... read full review

  • Subway:

    A, C, E, N, Q, R, S, W, 1, 2, 3, 7: Times Square-42nd Street

  • Phone:

    212-680-0012

  • Links:

  • Hours:

    M–Th, Su 11am–2am, F–Sa 11:30am–4am

  • Recommended as:

    • Day Spot
    • Night Spot

Party Earth Bowlmor Lanes Review

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Located in the heart of Times Square – and marked by a superbly kitschy neon sign of Bowlmor Bob, a zoot-suited man winging a ball – Bowlmor Lanes is the Wayne Newton of bowling alleys, a multilevel funfest comprised of a...

Located in the heart of Times Square – and marked by a superbly kitschy neon sign of Bowlmor Bob, a zoot-suited man winging a ball – Bowlmor Lanes is the Wayne Newton of bowling alleys, a multilevel funfest comprised of a high-end restaurant, a relaxing lounge, and a wide array of themed lanes.

Once past the 50s-inspired lobby with its collection of celebrity-signed bowling pins and towering wall of bowling shoes, the boisterous groups of young professionals, tourists, and birthday parties make their way to the chic white bar for a few pre-game drinks, or enjoy some excellent salads and sandwiches at Stadium Grill, aglow in the neon lights of Midtown streaming in the windows.

The real centerpiece, of course, is the bowling alley itself, which features various four-lane themed sections, from old-school Gotham with its sharp angles and spotlight murals to the Chinatown section and its red dragon snaking its way across the lanes.

Fun-loving twenty-somethings waiting their turn can check out the old 80s movies flickering on the flat-screen TVs suspended over the lanes, or just bop along to the endless soundtrack of loud Top 40 hits.

High-tech and glossy, Bowlmor Times Square rolls a perfect game where other alleys are all gutter balls.

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Tip from Emma:

Bowlmor is the place for birthday parties – nothing says celebration quite like getting boozed and trying to bowl!

  • Crowd

    Young professionals, tourists, office and birthday party groups, students, and avid bowlers, early 20s to late 30s+.

  • Entertainment / Music

    Ambient Top 40, disco, and pop music. Forty-five lanes. Night Strike unlimited bowling Mondays 9pm–1am. Flat-screen TVs tuned to primetime programming or 80s movies.

  • Food / Miscellaneous

    Burgers and sandwiches served at the lanes, American menu of crab cakes, arugula prosciutto pizza, and short ribs served at David Burke’s Stadium Grill. Happy Hour M–F 3–6pm.

  • Prices

    Bowling $16+. Lanes menu: small plates $6+, burgers and sandwiches $8+. Stadium Grill menu: small plates $6+, entrées $10+. Beer $4+, wine $10+, cocktails $12+.

  • What to Wear / Dress Code

    Casual to dressy casual: jeans, t-shirts, blouses, skirts. Strict dress code at night: no hats, jerseys, work boots, baggy clothes, or clothes with offensive language.

  • Hot Nights / When to Go

    Monday night for the unlimited bowling deals, and Fridays and Saturdays for the lively crowds.

  • Close By

    Only a few blocks away is Lucky Strike Lanes (624-660 West 42nd Street), another upscale bowling alley in Times Square.

Bowlmor Lanes User Reviews

Average rating:
Downtown Bowling, Uptown Pricing
Lauren G. Mar 31, 2013
A night at Bowlmor Lanes is everything you would expect from an evening on the lanes just off of Union Square. Despite the extremely expensive games and signature cocktails, the atmosphere and location make it worth the few extra dollars. A few sets and a ton of drinks later you won't even mind how pricey your rental shoes were. Bowlmor also boasts an upper level "Country Club" miniature golf course and a supposedly "chic" dance-floor, but don't cut your game short for these additional attractions. The miniature golf course has a 10 to 1 ratio of price to fun, the dance floor is utterly dead and the bar tenders' demeanor barely holds a candle to the bowling floor's welcoming disposition. If you're looking for a fun weekend night out, this is a great place to hang. Just stay near the lanes, and your good time won't end in the gutter.
Upscale Bowling
Risa C. Dec 7, 2012
For some reason to torture us, my company has had our holiday party here every year for the past 4 years, but I'll try not to be too biased. For the first year, we really enjoyed the experience. Taking the elevator up to the hidden bowling alley, one would be hard pressed not to enjoy the discreetness of the place which you might never know was there from the outside. I've seen my share of rock and bowl places, but Bowlmore doesn't have the cheese factor of a place that's populated by potbellied chainsmokers during the day and tries to appeal to a younger crowd at night. The place is filled with groups of 20 and 30 somethings clustering around the neon lit lanes drinking beers and cocktails and picking at slightly improved bowling alley food. The prices are reasonable and the place does maintain a party atmosphere. I would recommend it for a birthday party or group outing - but if my boss is reading this the bottom line is... it's good once in a while as long as you don't abuse the novelty. Unless of course you really love bowling.
Coworker Outing
Jaclyn W. Nov 15, 2012
Our company every once and a while would either do a wine mixer or go on an outing. One night, HR planned an outing at Bowlmor Lanes. I guess I stopped bowling around the time that I they stopped allowing me to put up bumpers, hence why I thought it was going to be a bad time. Trust me when I say if you work with great people who like to drink, this is probably one of the best company outgoings you could possibly plan. Imagine your bosses, in my case head partners, ordering buckets of beers and drinks and having bowling contests with the rest of the staff. It was an absolutely epic night and no one ever had to step foot near the bar. Servers came over about every fifteen minutes to happily replenish our drinks. The other great thing is Bowlmor's location because it's so close to HK. If you want to continue the night after your bowling time has ceased, head out an avenue or two over to the west side and pick a new bar. I think it goes without saying that you need to go with a group to go bowling. I don't think I'd come here on a date or with a small crowd because when is that ever fun at bowling alley? Also, they do glow bowling. Enough said.
Fun! If you want to spend your Friday night bowling
Samuel H. Sep 21, 2012
Maybe it's just me, but spending my nights on the weekend bowling is not ideal. However, as far as bowling lanes go Bowlmor is the place to go. It is actually fun, with a legit bar and attractive staff. Makes for a great night out with friends if that's what you're into, however if you're looking for a rowdy time full of dancing this definitely is not the place for you.
Bowl off steam in style
Sherry M. Aug 10, 2012
Only in NYC could bowling become a chi-chi activity! Nevertheless, Bowlmor gets 4 stars from me, because it sure beats standing around in the same old bar/lounge scene. And what better way to let off some steam after work then chucking a heavy ball down the lane. Cool scene, decent food, and fun activity.
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