I personally think the best thing about bowling is that everyone is allowed to suck. I actually think it's preferable to suck. Good bowlers make me nervous. Bowling skills seem to me to be a sign of bad character. I mean, clearly, if you're good at bowling, you've misspent a good portion of your life. Right?
Am I wrong? Am I a snob?
I don't care. I like bowling!
Toronto is not a great place to partake of this activity, alas. There are few places. Bathurst Bowlerama is my favorite, only because it's the one closest to me and has a little of everything. The have both 5 and 10 pin lanes (on different floors) and they're open late on the weekends for "cosmic" bowling. (You know, black lights, awkward pop dance music, etc.)
There's a bar with beer and stuff like Smirnoff ice, as well as snacks like grilled cheese sandwiches and fries. The last time I was there, the bartender refused to serve me at first. I gave him my ID, which clearly showed me to be 28, but he wasn't buying it. It was a bit weird, frankly. (I guess I look young. CURSE that adult acne!) But a little convincing from my friends mellowed him out and he ultimately gave in. Thank goodness. All my gutter balls made me crave a Grolsch (or 5).
I personally don't recommend a weekend visit. Cosmic bowling is much more expensive than regularly-lit bowling and frankly, not worth the bump. If you go with a good group, it's just as much fun to bowl in the bright lights. Be aware, the place closes at 11 during the week, so don't be too late. And if you DO go on the weekend, there might not be lanes available. Call in advance. Then bowl. Bowl your little hearts out.
2788 Bathurst St
North York, ON M6B 3A3
*Photo by Bill Silvermintz from Stock Xchng.