BEST BOWLING ALLEY Minneapolis 2007 - Memory Lanes
Readers' Choice: Bryant-Lake Bowl
If you're into the whole Zen bowling thing, as The Big Lebowski's Dude might say, you've come to the wrong place. From the garish interstellar mural above the lanes to the landing-strip lights along the sides—not to mention the disco ball, the roving spotlights, and the classic rawk cranked to 11—this is Extreme Bowling, sensory overload-style. And provided you can avoid having an epileptic seizure, it's a lot fun. The 30 lanes are electronically scored and impeccably buffed, but the place nearly defies you to focus on them. In the adjacent Flashback Cafe, the full bar includes a cold shot machine with Rumple Minze and Jäger, but the preferred brew is a PBR tallboy—and would you believe the tomato soup ain't half-bad? Bands play four nights a week, often from the center of the action, with the stage set up somewhere around Lane 15. The best day to go is Monday, where four and a half hours of "Punk Rock Bowl" can be had for a mere $9.95, and the dress code is distinctly Decline of Western Civilization.