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Continued: The best bowling in the Twin Cities

  • Article by: MIKE MULLEN , Special to the Star Tribune
  • Last update: December 22, 2013 - 2:21 PM

1556 W. University Av., St Paul •

651-646-1396 •

Go here if … mixing with leaguers, families and shoppers sounds like your kind of night.

Wedged into a strip mall next to a Walgreen’s, this alley is easy to miss on your first pass. Customers traipse down a flight of stairs to find 32 lanes available. The staff is pleasant but firm as they remind amateurs to please be mindful of the league bowlers nearby. The non-league crowd is an interesting mix. Young punk girls with lots of makeup stroll past dads taking young boys out for the night. Black and white families bowl side-by-side. As with other nearby University Avenue businesses, the alley looks forward to the eventual opening of the Central Corridor light-rail line. Until then, Midway is encouraging people to put up with the construction by offering $2 games every weekday before 6 p.m.


Park Tavern

3401 Louisiana Av. S., St. Louis Park • 952-929-6810 •

Go here if … you want to play “Choose your own suburban adventure.”

For the city hipster, this brush with honest-to-God flannels and styled goatees might seem like a sociology class. Park Tavern is sports-centric, and games are never far from one’s field of vision, given the five flat-screen TVs. Off to the right is the “11th Frame” bar, with pool tables, dartboards and a crowd loud enough to drown out the bowling. A large, separate sports bar offers booths and high-backed chairs. Customers must choose which of those spots is preferable for purchasing beverages, as Park Tavern doesn’t send servers out to the lanes. As for food, expect something that’s either fried and covered in cheese and/or barbecue sauce. You’ll need a napkin before it’s your turn.


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