A freelance writer and bargain hunter with wanderlust, recently moved to Perth from Brisbane.
Published March 25th 2013
Bowl Everyone Over with your Skills
If knocking pins over brings you great satisfaction, ten-pin bowling is right up your alley. Combine that with the skill and precision required and ten-pin bowling becomes more of a sport. Combine that with a great night out with your friends, and a bit of friendly competition and it is supreme entertainment. So where do you find the best ten-pin bowling alleys in Brisbane? 1). Strike Bowling
Strike Bowling is conveniently located in the middle of Queen Street Mall in the newly renovated Wintergarden complex. You won't have far to travel from a stressful day at work or university. What better way to let your frustration out than to legally knock things down without have to foot a damaged item bill?
Strike Bowling has 12 bowling lanes and you are so close to a bar and gourmet kitchen offering beers, cocktails and pizzas while you play, allowing you to indulge and stay a bit longer when your hunger pangs strike.
After bowling, you can even try out an amazing laser tag battle within a theme resembling Brisbane's airport allowing up to 30 participants with a realistic soundscape. Feel your heart beat a little faster as you run around with your friends and workmates, unsure when you will next be attacked. Rest assured, with the latest laser tag technology, the whole experience is relatively painless (unless you accidently physically bump into someone while playing, which I did). So keep your eyes open and your senses alert.
Strike Bowling has private karaoke rooms for you to belt romantic songs and to sing your heart out as well as pool tables for a different type of challenge. Their staff will even deliver food and beverages directly to the private room. If you are having a themed birthday party, ask for their prop boxes for a chance to glam things up with sparkly gloves, boas and maracas. Entertainment and lots of laughter guaranteed (even before some people's lack of talent is discovered).
Parking is usually a problem in the city but the Wintergarden carpark offers $10 flat parking on weekends and weeknights after 4pm. Prices start from $14 per person from 10am-4pm on Sundays to Thursdays or $16 per person on peak periods after 4 pm. Weekend prices are $18 per person. There are family specials during the day time of $40 for 2 adults and 2 children and $10 bowling on school holidays for children under 15. Karaoke rooms cost $80 an hour and laser tag is $12 per game.
If you live in the suburbs but still want to have a great time bowling down the pins, Hyperbowl has equally great facilities at Chermside and Strathpine. Perfect for Northside dwellers not wanting to travel a great distance for entertainment.
On Sundays, you can bowl for $7.50 a game after 7pm including shoe rental with a minimum of 2 games each. Family deals start from $28 for four games.
AMF Bowling centres has a lot of branches open around Brisbane ranging from Cannon Hill, Capalaba, Greenslopes, Kedron, Mt Gravatt, Redcliffe and Richlands. They have party hosts as well if you are thinking of having a party at one of their destinations starting from $24.90 per person. Party guests get a dedicated party host, party hats and bags, hot dog or chicken nuggets, fries and a drink each as well as a promise of lots of fun.