Bowling center guide
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Today, more than 100 million people in 80 countries bowl, but the sport has been popular here for decades.
It's not like the old days, but there remain lots of local lanes. Here's a list of our favorites. If we've forgotten to mention your neighborhood bowling alley, please include it by using the Talkback feature below.
All Star Lanes
10500 W. Silver Spring Dr.
They have men's, women's and couples' leagues and moonlight bowling on Fridays and Saturdays.
AMF Bowling Centers
AMF West Lanes
7505 W. Oklahoma Ave.
AMF West Allis Lanes
10901 W. Lapham St.
AMF South Park Lanes
305 N. Chicago Ave.
AMF Menomonee Lanes
N85 W15900 Appleton Ave.
AMF Waukesha Lanes
901 Northview Rd.
AMF Bowlero Lanes
11737 W. Burleigh St.
AMF Bowling Alleys offer men's, women's, couples', mixed and juniors' leagues. There is also a Men's City Tournament, an end of season tournament and Extreme Bowling at their South Milwaukee, Menomonee Falls and Waukesha locaton. Fluorescent bowling balls and black lights are used, along with music to set the mood.
Bay View Bowl
2416 S. Kinnickinnic Ave.
Bay View Bowl is a homey little place with 12 lanes and a great bar that still serves super-cheap tappers. It's neighborhood bowling and socializing at its best and is what the sport in Milwaukee is really all about.
Beloit Lanes Bowling
9150 W. Beloit Rd.
Sign up for leagues or come for open bowling in the afternoons.
12935 W. Bluemound Rd.
Bluemound offers no tournaments, but does offer a wide variety of some of the city's most talented leagues. There are men's, women's, juniors and scotch leagues. Scotch is teams of couples with the male rolling first ball of the frame and the female completing the frame. Bluemound also hosts a Special Olympic tournament. There's a cocktail lounge, dining facility and banquet rooms.
Brown Deer Lanes
4715 W. Bradley Rd.
Brown Deer Lanes has no tournaments, but lots of leagues. Child care is provided for the daytime ladies' leagues. Glow and bumper bowling is available, along with smoke-free family daytime bowling on Saturdays and Sundays. The lounge offers a full menu and there are birthday packages available and sand volleyball courts outside.
6016 W. Burnham St.
Burnham Bowl offers a couple of large tournaments: a nine-pin scotch tournament and a New Year's Eve tournament, with 12 lanes and cash prizes. They offer leagues to couples, men, women, juniors and the visually impaired.
Classic Lanes, Greenfield
5404 W. Layton Ave.
Classic Greenfield has more than 1,700 bowlers in their men's, women's, mixed and couples' leagues. There are no tournaments, but they can brag about having one of the largest senior league programs around.
Classic Lanes, Oak Creek
7501 S. Howell Ave.
Classic Oak Creek is more than your average bowling alley, it's a recreation center. Besides men's, women's, couples', mixed, seniors', and daytime ladies' leagues with certified child care, there are also various volleyball leagues and bingo tournaments.
Cudahy Bowling Center
3620 E. Carpenter Ave.
The only bowling alley in Cudahy has been around for 75 years. Every other year they sponsor a tournament for the Tri-City Bowling Association, and hold other various tournaments, including Hogs for Dogs, which the Harley Owners Association sponsors for seeing-eye dogs. There are also men's, women's, mixed, couples' and senior leagues.
6315 W. Fond du lac Ave.
Thursday is the day for Deuster's open bowling. Leagues available, too.
2042 W. Lincoln Ave.
Holler House is the oldest working bowling alley in the city. With no automatic scoring or pin setting, this fourth-generation family-owned establishment is a true landmark. There are only two lanes, which creates an excellent atmosphere for private parties. They offer men's, women's and couples' leagues.
Koz's Mini Bowl
2078 S. 7th St.
Koz's Mini Bowl features "duck pin" bowling: short lanes, two-pound balls and small pins. It's awesome for kids, but plenty of adults bowl here, too. Call ahead. The owners have to make sure they have enough human pinsetters to accommodate your group. This place is a Milwaukee gem.
4040 S. 27th.
Good prices, great lanes and terrific for people-watching.
Oriental Landmark Lanes
2220 N Farwell Ave.
A staple on the fashionable East Side for over 30 years, Landmark remains a classic. The Landmark offers no tournaments, but they do have men's, women's, couples' and mixed leagues throughout the week. There are also three bars, a video arcade, eight pool tables, two air hockey tables and two foosball tables.
10944 W. Capitol Dr.
Polish Falcon's Nest
801 E. Clarke St.
The Falcon offers open bowling every Wednesday night from September to May. Classic, old school lanes in a deliciously retro tavern.
8600 W. Greenfield Ave.
They offer a senior citizen league throughout the day, as well as men's, women's and couples' leagues. From March-June, a nine-pin tournament is held and Friday and Saturday nights, there is black-light bowling after 9 p.m.
Sanders Super Bowl
3827 W. Vliet St.
Get the ball rolling with a Saturday afternoon league. Or, try a Monday night league.
UWM Union Bowling Alley
2200 E. Kenwood Blvd.
UWM offers a 10-lane house, open to the public. There are currently no leagues, but they do usually sponsor one tournament per month.
The UWM Union Recreation Center was renovated over the summer and now features top-of-the-line Qubica/AMF scoring and brand new synthetic lanes. They offer leagues and other programs for students and discounted reservations for the public. This spring they will be offering party packages to the general public as well. If you're looking to get the most bang for your buck, go to the Union Recreation Center.
Krueger's in Menomonee Falls on Appleton ave (since 1956) has not only good bowling but the best bar in Menomonee Falls with 10 varities on tap and on Thursday's the best looking bartenders in Menomonee Falls. Also Petroff's on Capital dr has been gone for about 10 years now. (all of them are gone).
HIGHLAND LANES in Tosa is the best!! I have to give a shout out to my favorite bowling place, and my old league. The owners and the people on the leagues are the best in the world!! I miss you guys!
BV Bowl is also a great place for kids' birthyday parties--very reasonable and fun!
Jon | Sept. 4, 2007 at 9:39 a.m. (report)
New Berlin Bowl (160th & Cleveland) is a great fun location. My kids absolutely love it. They have great automatic bumpers for bowling, along with the New Berlin Ale House attached to the bowling facility. This is the building that used to be Kuglitsch's and AMF New Berlin. Completely remodeled!!
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