Fact: Other than a few supervising parents, we were the most geriatric group in attendance. The lanes were packed (Glo Bowl on one side, fully-lit on the other) with packs of overly made-up and rowdy tweens and young families with little ones. There were two massive twelfth birthday parties going on. There was also blaring pop dance music and lots of bumper bowl. (Think: banging. Loud banging.)
Even so, we had a great time. These places get busy with parties on weekend evenings, so it's worth it to make a reservation. Be prepared to see a lot of seventh grade social drama, but fear not: you can still drink! (Trust me when I say the domestic beers for $3.50 were VERY WELCOME.) Other than beer, the bar also serves coolers, and some hard stuff too.
Five pin is fabulous. As a woman with thin wrists, I appreciate the lightness of the balls. It's just as fun as ten pin, I think, and easier on your body.
The kiddies cleared out by around 10:30, and the music (magically) switched from the Pussy Cat Dolls style stuff to Mouldy (Wonderful) Oldies.
The biggest downside of this place is that it's way the hell out in the East end. We had rides both ways, but without a car, it's not accessible.
1401 O'connor Drive
East York, ON M4B 2V5
*Photo by Bas Driessen from Stock Xchng.