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
222 West 44th Street
New York, NY 10036
A, C, E, N, Q, R, S, W, 1, 2, 3, 7: Times Square-42nd Street
M–Th, Su 11am–2am, F–Sa 11:30am–4am
Midtown, New York –
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.
Young professionals, tourists, office and birthday party groups, students, and avid bowlers, early 20s to late 30s+.
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.
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.
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+.
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.
Monday night for the unlimited bowling deals, and Fridays and Saturdays for the lively crowds.
Only a few blocks away is Lucky Strike Lanes (624-660 West 42nd Street), another upscale bowling alley in Times Square.