The 9 Best Bowling Alleys in Grand Rapids (Local Ranking)

Assemble your crew. It’s time to roll the rock.

I’m gonna clue you in on all the greatest lanes and alleys in Grand Rapids. Rest easy knowing you’re in good hands – I own my own ball and everything. Shoes, too.

One time I almost bowled a 200. Impressive, I know. Epic poems and songs are still being written about that incredible feat.

So if you’re looking for an unforgettable night out with your friends or a low-key, out-of-the-box date night spot, I’ve got you. Let’s roll.

Map of Bowling Alleys near Grand Rapids, MI

The best bowling alleys in Grand Rapids

The best bowling alley: Wenger’s Bowl

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Any list of GR bowling alleys that doesn’t start with Wenger’s or The Clique is a bogus list.

Wenger’s is everything you’re looking for in a bowling alley. Games are cheap. Drinks are cheap, too, and the bar is fully stocked. The bar food is surprisingly tasty, and there’s a jukebox pumping out whatever tunes you please. The fellas and ladies who work here are supremely nice and accommodating.

Seriously. Head down to Wenger’s, soak in the retro vibes, and have the time of your life.

Wenger’s is an old-school two-story bowling alley. The upper level has a full bar and can be rented for private events. Take whatever big birthday or event you’re celebrating next and make it epic at Wenger’s. 16 lanes of bowling bliss await.

  • Address: 629 Leonard St NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49504
  • Website: Wenger’s

The best bowling alley downtown: Clique Lanes

First things first: no one calls it Clique Lanes. It’s “The Clique.” Capeesh?

On to the fun. The Clique is neck and neck with Wenger’s for the best bowling joint in Grand Rapids. There’s a full bar in the front with darts, pool, and the like, that ranks as one of my favorite dive bars. Like Wenger’s, The Clique is a historic two-story affair. I’ve enjoyed many games on the second floor for private events, which also has a full bar. (It’s a great spot for after a wedding rehearsal, I’m just sayin’.)

  • Address: 533 Stocking Ave NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49504
  • Website: The Clique

The most kid-friendly bowling alley: Woodrow’s Duckpin

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If you’ve got kids, I’ve got the perfect activity for you: have a family fun day duckpin bowling at Woodrow’s. The balls are softball sized, with no holes, so kids can chuck them with glee. The pins are suspended by marionette-like strings, and you can see the innards of the machine. Watching the pins rack and re-rack is almost as much fun as knocking them down.

Got a hot first date? Take ’em to Woodrow’s. It’s downtown, inside the swank Amway Grand Plaza. It feels fancy, even though there’s no dress code. Also, if your new hottie isn’t into traditional bowling, they’ll still get a kick out of Duckpin Bowling. I promise.

Woodrow’s used to be GP sports, so there’s a tv plastered to every wall – it’s a low-key gem of a sports bar. There’s a full bar on-site but no kitchen. Grab yourself a pizza from The Kitchen, which is also in the Amway Grand Plaza – a buddy of mine claims it’s the best pizza in Grand Rapids.

  • Address: 200 Lyon St NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503
  • Website: Woodrow’s

The best bowling alleys in the suburbs

The best alley in Grandville: Station 300 Grandville.

Can’t say enough good things about Station 300. Expect amazing specials, friendly staff, solid food, and competitive pricing. While it lacks the “cool” factor of the retro, two-story bowling alleys, Station 300 has a lot going for it. League events, open bowl, glow-in-the-dark bowling, and fun party nights (head to their website for more info) make it a terrific spot for bowling fun.

Note: Station 300 was known as Fairlanes for decades – it’s in the same spot on Fairlanes Ave.

  • Address: 3335 Fairlanes Ave SW, Grandville, MI 49418
  • Website: Station 300

The best bowling food: Spectrum Entertainment Complex

Head to Spectrum for bowling, and you’ll find forty lanes to roll on. It’s home to rock and bowl, where you can rent a lane for two hours and bowl your brains out while rock music thumps on the PA system. They’ve got league play and all the other amenities you’d expect from a good alley.

If you’re looking for a meal after bowling, Spectrum is the spot for you. Woody’s Pressbox is a restaurant attached to the bowling alley. Score some of their bar food, which is way better than you’d find in the typical bowling alley. They’ve got live music and stand-up comics, too. Check their site for the schedule.

  • Address: 5656 Clyde Park Ave SW, Wyoming, MI 49509
  • Website: Spectrum

The best just off 28th Street and the East Beltline: AMF Eastbrook

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You’ve probably bowled at an AMF before. Expect a ton of lanes, food, and arcade games. In short, everything you need for a few hours of fun.

  • Address: 3500 Lake Eastbrook Blvd SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49546
  • Website: AMF Eastbrook

The best not-quite-a-bowling alley: The Fowling Warehouse

New to fowling? It’s bowling with a football. Experience the glee of knocking down pins with a different type of ball – only at the Fowling Warehouse.

The chain started in Hamtramck, Michigan, with the GR location opening right before the pandemic. There’s no food at The Fowling Warehouse, but if you fancy a drink, they’ve got a full bar.

The best bowling alley with a poker room: Westgate Bowling Center

Westgate Bowling Center is another Grand Rapids institution. It seems like they’ve been the go-to spot for bowling in Comstock Park forever.

Besides all the typical bowling alley amenities (keno, jukebox, bar food, pool tables, and more), Westgate has a poker room. If you’re skilled at Texas Hold ‘Em, head there Monday through Thursday.

  • Address: 4486 Alpine Ave NW, Comstock Park, MI 49321
  • Website: Westgate Bowling

The best on the northeast side: Northfield Lanes

Classic suburban bowling alley with solid food, a bar, and all the other goodies you’d expect.

  • Address: 2222 Plainfield Ave NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49505
  • Website: Northfield Lanes