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11 Best Bowling Alleys in Metro Phoenix

We hate to say it, but someone has to get the ball rolling. Here in metro Phoenix, that's pretty easy to do, given the plethora of bowling alleys offering everything from vintage vibes and state-of-the-art systems to league play and the perfect place to party.

Whether you’re looking to brush up on your game or just get a group together for a night on the lanes, here are 11 favorite bowling alleys in the Valley.

Bowlero Christown
1919 West Bethany Home Road
602-249-1715

Recognizable for its distinct Midcentury Modern architecture, Bowlero Christown sports the classic bowling alley look and feel throughout its 48 bowling lanes and checkered-floor dining area. Bowlero is home to several leagues for coed, women, senior, and youth bowlers, and also offers an onsite pro shop. Inside you'll also find pool tables, arcade games, foosball, shuffleboard, and an attached sports bar — all right around the corner from the 19th Avenue and Montebello Transit Center of the Metro Light Rail.


Bowlmor Scottsdale
7300 East Thomas Road in Scottsdale
480-946-5308

A more recent addition to the Valley bowling scene, Bowlmor Scottsdale is a one-stop shop if you happen to want a swanky lounge, party atmosphere, and 24 lanes of black-light bowling. Though league play won’t be found at Bowlmor, amenities such as private lanes and semi-private bowling suites, billiards, a signature menu, and lane-side beverage services are available. Covering 22,000 square feet, a place like this should come to mind for company holiday parties, team-building events, and as a celebration spot for holidays like the Fourth of July and New Year’s Eve.

Uptown Alley
13525 North Litchfield Road in Surprise
623-975-7529

Those looking to bowl in the West Valley can't go wrong with Uptown Alley. Is it a bowling alley, bar, music venue, or restaurant? Yes — to everything. The 60,000-square-foot Surprise location offers 40 bowling lanes accompanied by black lights, 15-foot projection TVs, and music. There are adult and youth bowling leagues, and the Uptowners Club for bowlers 55 and older. While here, you’re encouraged to check out The Approach, the adult-leaning lounge with 10 private lanes, a full-service bar, dance floor, billiards, and a lounge area. There’s also Red Embers Bar & Grill, a two-story laser tag arena, a state-of-the-art game viewing theater, and live music.


Lucky Strike
50 West Jefferson Street, #240
602-732-5490

Downtown Phoenix is home to Lucky Strike – CityScape’s 12-lane bowling alley that announces itself with a neon bowling pin sign at the intersection of First Avenue and Jefferson Street. This bowling spot offers such amenities as four-lane bowling suites, two full bars, bottle service, and live DJs on Friday and Saturday nights. You’ll also find billiards, six projection scenes, and oh, free Wi-Fi. This is the type of place that has grilled wings, kale salads, and street tacos on its full menu from A2K Kitchen, and handcrafted cocktails, an array of wines, and draft beer. See how many corporate events and bachelorette parties you can spot on any given night.

Brunswick Zone Mesa Lanes
1754 West Southern Avenue in Mesa
480-834-0588

Found in close proximity to Mesa Community College, Brunswick Zone Mesa Lanes offers 40 bowling lanes and an onsite pro shop for you East Valley bowlers. Mesa Lanes has more than a few leagues from which to choose. Other amenities at this Mesa bowling house include pool tables, a lively arcade, and a lounge area. There is also a room available for private parties, and an outdoor patio area. Specials include Monday Mayhem, $2 Tuesdays, Wednesday Late Nights, After Party Fridays, and Sunday Funday, along with Early Bird Bowling for Sunday morning patrons.

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Lauren Cusimano was the Phoenix New Times food editor from 2018 to 2021. Joys include eating wings, riding bikes, knowing everyone at the bar, talking too much about The Simpsons, and falling asleep while reading.