Denver's Top Bowling Lanes
(Including Leadville, Aurora and Palmer Lake)
Once the domain of male-dominated bowling leagues, Colorado's bowling alleys have expanded to include dancing and special effects luring hipsters on weekends, budget-minded dining and $1 specials on everything from Pabst Blue Ribbon to those appealingly ugly rental shoes.
- Produced By:
- Korene Gallegos
- First Published:
- April 5th 2009 at 10:09 p.m.
- Last Updated:
- October 4th 2009 at 01:56 p.m.
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This trendy, upscale scene, with lane-side food service and hip decor, appeals to urban hipsters. A Sunday brunch special ($17.95) includes a buffet and two hours of bowling. Warning: Better look good. This is that rare bowling alley with a dress code. No sweats, sports jerseys, motorcycle colors or other street-cred fashions allowed.
Gleaming trophies document the Arapahoe bowling leagues' prowess. Predictably, leagues dominate the lanes on most evenings. The exception: Double Extreme Bowling, when throbbing music and pulsating colored lights make bowling the opposite of an old- school experience.
Open until 12 a.m.
C. Elitch Lanes
The String Cheese Incident played once here at the bowling alley that advertises it's open 365 days a year. The lanes draw two serious leagues, along with leagues more about pizza and beer than bowling. Elitch Lanes also recently hosted an all-male baby shower.
North America's highest bowling alley opens at 7 a.m. on weekends and is a mainstay in this mining town, where long winters can trap locals indoors from October through May. Long winters may explain the Water Moccasin, Strikes-N-Spares' favorite bar drink, a mix of Crown Royal, peach schnapps, sweet-and- sour mix, and a splash of Sprite.
Open until 4 p.m.
This 1950s-vintage Lakewood institution thrives as a social center — you'll see celebrators from wedding parties, class reunions, quinceañeras and bar mitzvahs — and as an arena for serious bowlers.
Open until 11 p.m.
Teen bowling leagues, karaoke Thursdays, Texas Hold 'Em Tuesdays, $1 specials on Tuesdays and Thursdays, weekend dance bands — Pinz does its best to appeal to everyone. Including nonbowlers: It's a Wi-Fi hot spot.
Open until 12 a.m.
G. Golden Bowl
You'll see workers from the nearby Coors brewery, Colorado School of Mines students and teenagers in this 1950s-era venue. A new addition — a Chinese restaurant that charges by the scoop ($1.75) — fortifies bowlers. Weekend evenings feature Glow Bowling and, in summers on the first Saturday of each month, the Golden Super Cruise classic car fleet rumbles into the parking lot.