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2012 BEST Bowling Alley
Photograph by Bob O'Connor

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 some skeeball chops and a penchant for craft beer, grab… read more»

2011 BEST Bowling Alley
Photograph by Bob O'Connor

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 candlepin setup to the pencil-and-paper mode of scorekeeping. If there’s… read more»

2010 BEST Bowling Alley
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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 machines and a phalanx of high-def TVs. Though the crowds… read more»

2008 BEST Bowling Alley
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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 There’s the charmingly outdated style (the decor hasn’t changed since the 1950s), the ample free time (patrons rarely have to wait for… read more»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 music, and a menu of pizzas, sandwiches, and appetizers provide… read more»

2006 BEST Bowling Alley
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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, along with a few other items from the Farrelly Brothers… 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 to satisfy amateurs and experts alike. The sprawling entertainment complex… 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 a sport of beer in plastic cups and no-glam atmosphere…. 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 running lights, and upbeat dance tunes pumping through the cavernous… 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 are in place, minus the rude service: the hum of… read more»