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11 Best Bowling Alleys in Metro Phoenix

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AMF Deer Valley Lanes
2902 West Thunderbird Road
602-866-1700

Neatly tucked away in a north Central Phoenix shopping plaza, AMF Deer Valley Lanes offers 32 bowling lanes along with arcade games, pool tables, special events, and plenty of drinks and snacks to fuel up for a day of play. This Deer Valley bowling alley offers weekly specials like Monday Mayhem, $2 Tuesdays with $2 PBRs, College Night, and After Party Fridays. Several leagues call AMF Deer Valley Lanes their bowling home, and a full menu of pizza, burgers, and dessert is available at the Laneside snack bar.

Fat Cats Gilbert
4321 East Baseline Road in Gilbert
480-498-3325

There’s a lot going on at Fat Cats, the Gilbert-based entertainment complex offering everything from artisan pizza and arcade games to nightlife. Aside from the Recline-N-Dine theater, the game and prize center, and the nine-hole, glow-in-the-dark mini golf course, there’s also a 20-lane bowling alley. By night, Fat Cat’s bowling alley becomes Thunder Alley, offering patrons a cosmic bowling experience with Top 40 jams, a full menu, unlimited bowling (that includes shoe rental) until 1 a.m., and drink specials on shots, Kilt Lifter, and more.

AMF Tempe Village Lanes
4407 South Rural Road in Tempe
480-831-5322

If you’re trying to ‘gram your bowling night, get on the free Wi-Fi at the 32-lane AMF Tempe Village Lanes bowling alley. This being Arizona State University country, Wednesday’s College Night is popular thanks to $7 bowling admission (including shoe rental), $2 PBRs, and $10 pizza from 9 p.m. to midnight. Tempe Village Lanes also features the AMF-famous weekly specials like After Party Fridays, Sunday Funday, and $2 Tuesdays, all with their own bowling and beer specials. Coed leagues are also available. And P.S., AMF Tempe Village Lanes is also the bowling alley Napoleon got himself thrown out of in Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure. We figured you'd want to know.

Brunswick Zone Desert Sky Lanes
7241 West Indian School Road
623-846-2090

Many west Phoenix residents have spent some time at Brunswick Zone Desert Sky Lanes, the 40-lane bowling spot in the West Valley. Desert Sky Lanes also includes the usual weekly specials like Monday Mayhem, $2 Tuesdays, After Party Fridays, and Sunday Funday – plus unlimited bowling for its Wednesday Late Nights, No Limits special. Desert Sky is home to leagues for senior, youth, and coed bowlers, and there's also an onsite pro shop and a rentable private room. If you’ve had enough of waiting for your turn to bowl, check out the buzzing arcade, pool tables, and lounge area.

Main Event Entertainment
8545 South Emerald Drive in Tempe
480-753-1200

You’ve probably spotted Main Event Entertainment while angrily packing up your car from the IKEA parking lot. TME is a bowling alley, restaurant, laser tag arena, and arcade. Its multi-lane bowling alley comes equipped with large screens airing current music videos and game enhancers like black lights, lasers, and fog machines. Corporate events, birthday parties, and date nights are big here thanks to meeting rooms, a lengthy bar menu with specialty cocktails, a full kitchen, and one of those "Gravity" ropes mazes. Main Event also offers eight-week bowling leagues known as FUNleagues, and weekly specials like Monday Night Madness.

Let It Roll Bowl & Entertainment
8925 North 12th Street
602-944-4401

You’re encouraged to let the good times roll at Let It Roll Bowl & Entertainment – a north central Valley bowling alley and, well, a lot more. Let It Roll Bowl is known for specials like All-U-Can-Bowl, and events like Rock ‘N’ Cosmic Bowl Weekends. Youth, mixed, and ladies leagues are available for the serious bowlers, while those with a lukewarm love toward the sport can post up at The Lounge – a historic, 1962 watering hole that still happens to be as hip as can be. Other perks include the King Pin 300 Pizza & Grill, where you can also grab a milkshake or cannoli. Group rates are available for corporate events, church groups, fundraisers, and adult parties.

Editor's note: This post has been updated from its original version.
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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.