Best Bowling Alley in Boston

2013 Best Bowling Alley

Kings

Boston

This was a winner in our 2013 Best of Boston Readers’ Poll. See all the 2013 winners…Read More

2013 Best Bowling Alley

Lanes & Games

Cambridge

People outside of New England might not agree, but to be taken seriously around here, alleys have to offer both 10-pin bowling (big ball, finger holes) and candlepin bowling (small…Read More

2012 Best Bowling Alley

Sacco’s Bowl Haven

Somerville

If you happen to own custom-made bowling gloves and look down on those who roll anything under 220, then this Somerville candlepin joint isn’t for you. But if you’ve got…Read More

2012 Best Bowling Alley

Sacco’s Bowl Haven

Somerville

If you happen to own custom-made bowling gloves and look down on those who roll anything under 220, then this Somerville candlepin joint isn’t for you. But if you’ve got…Read More

2011 Best Bowling Alley

Sacco’s Bowl Haven

Somerville

There are flashier lanes in town—theme park-like emporiums with flat-screen TVs and signature cocktails. But the laid-back atmosphere of Sacco’s wins it top honors. It’s complete throwback awesomeness, from the…Read More

2010 Best Bowling Alley

Kings Lanes

Boston

Kings is the ultimate crossroads for the 16-pound ball and the 16-ounce Bud. Though it has a vintage, Vegas-style veneer, the subterranean entertainment complex is decidedly modern, with high-tech scorekeeping…Read More

2009 Best Bowling Alley

Milky Way Lounge & Lanes

Jamaica Plain

Dyke Night impresario Kristen Porter comes up a winner either way, as the only worthy contenders here are Second Saturdays (at bouncin’ Fenway nightclub Machine) and Menage à Trois, a.k.a….Read More

2008 Best Bowling Alley

Sacco’s Bowl Haven

Somerville

Sacco’s is the grandfather of the Hub’s candlepin bowling scene, and not just because it opened in 1939. There’s the charmingly outdated style (the decor hasn’t changed since the 1950s),…Read More

2007 Best Bowling Alley

Kings

Boston

It may not have 24-hour lanes or the pervasive stench of stale beer, but Kings is nevertheless the city’s premier spot for throwing rocks. Dim lighting, dozens of flat-screens, good…Read More

2006 Best Bowling Alley

Kings

Boston

As with so many scenes, Bill Murray puts this one over the top. Or his bowling ball does, anyway: The alley has the actor’s translucent rose-in-the-middle Kingpin orb on display,…Read More

2005 Best Bowling Alley

Boston Bowl

Dorchester

Forty-four lanes. Metal bumpers. Affordable prices. A kingpin’s dream—and now a bowling reality. The pro shop (yes, this bowling alley has a pro shop) stocks enough balls, bags, and shoes…Read More

2004 Best Bowling Alley

Lanes & Games

Cambridge

Bowling is enjoying an indubitable renaissance as of late, with funky alleys attracting a quasi-hipster bar crowd. But as much as we enjoy our fancy drinks, bowling is at heart…Read More

2003 Best Bowling Alley

Kings

Boston

Bowling alleys don’t traditionally offer Veuve Clicquot. But then, Kings is not your traditional bowling alley. It’s part lounge, part pool hall, and all fun. Dimly lit nooks, red fluorescent…Read More

2002 Best Bowling Alley

Lanes & Games

Cambridge

This is the closest Bostonians can come to a classic bowling alley experience, aside from watching The Big Lebowski. At Lanes & Games, all the elements of an old-fashioned alley…Read More

2001 Best Bowling Alley

Milky Way Lounge & Lanes

Jamaica Plain

Homer Simpson’s bowling alley it’s not. First, the food is actually good: pizza from Bella Luna, not greasy hot dogs that spin around and around under a heat lamp all…Read More

1999 Best Bowling Alley

The Milky Way Lounge & Lanes

Jamaica Plain

Forget “cosmic bowling”—whatever that is. Instead, check out the Milky Way Lounge & Lanes in Jamaica Plain, where in addition to candlepin bowling, hot local bands and DJs take the…Read More

1975 Best Bowling Alley

Boston Bowl

Dorchester

Fifty glistening lanes which resound with pin thunder twenty-four hours a day. Donny Graham, the sports editor of the Washington Post has been known to make mid-night excursions to this…Read More

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