BEST BOWLING ALLEY Minneapolis 2003 - Falcon Bowl - CLOSED
"Bring your own liquor, never bowl slicker." That's the motto at this modest subterranean bowling emporium. There's no hard liquor for sale on the premises, but patrons are actively encouraged to show up toting their own bottles of whiskey or tequila (beer can be purchased back by the pool table). The BYOB policy is just part of Falcon's charm. It's an old school gem, with none of the disco lights, electronic scoring, and fluorescent bowling shoes that have become standard accessories at many lanes. You get simply the essentials here: well-maintained lanes, a decent selection of house balls, dilapidated leather shoes with paper-thin soles, and $3 frames. Unfortunately, this is essentially a post-mortem salute: As of next month, Falcon Bowl will be no more. The forlorn shopping center that it occupies is being demolished and redeveloped. So grab a fifth of Jack Daniel's and make one last pilgrimage.