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Boston bowling alleys: Pinning down the region's best spots

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The news that Cambridge's beloved Lanes & Games was closing this summer to make way for apartments got us to thinking: What other bowling alley options are there out there?

Here are 12 of the best spots in the Boston region for bowling. Many of these spots, too, have added attractions such as an arcade or a beefy food menu.

And, we should note, a lot of these alleys specialize in that type of bowling peculiar to northeastern North America: candlepin bowling. You might have trouble finding the more traditional 10-pin.

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1. Kings Boston - Back Bay

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50 Dalton St
Boston, MA 02115
(617) 266-2695
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This space includes an arcade and billiards.

2. Lucky Strike Lanes

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145 Ipswich St
Boston, MA 02215
(617) 437-0300
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This alley is part of the Jillian's/Lucky Strike complex near Fenway Park: 70,000 square feet of all sorts of boozy fun.

3. Central Park Lanes

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10 Saratoga St
Boston, MA 02128
This is an Eastie standard with few frills: straight-ahead bowling.

4. South Boston Bowlarama

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543 E Broadway
Boston, MA 02127
This spot is a Southie mainstay with few frills as well.

5. Flatbread Company at Sacco's Bowl Haven

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45 Day St
Somerville, MA 02144
(617) 776-0552
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This bowling-and-nosh spot predates World War II.

6. Boston Bowl

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820 William T Morrissey Blvd
Boston, MA 02122
(617) 825-3800
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This alley is open 24 hours and touts itself as particularly family-friendly. Rouse the kids at 3 a.m. for a couple of games. There are also outside batting cages.

7. Needham Bowlaway

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16 Chestnut St
Needham, MA 02492
(781) 449-4060
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The basement alley goes back more than a century.

8. Town Line Bowling

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655 Broadway
Malden, MA
(781) 324-7120
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This alley is part of a larger entertainment complex that includes a sports bar and a nightclub.

9. Kings Boston - Dedham

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600 Legacy Pl
Dedham, MA 02026
(781) 329-6000
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This is a straight-ahead beer, bowling, and wings joint, but with great lighting.

10. Ron's Gourmet Ice Cream and 20th Century Bowling

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1231 Hyde Park Ave
Hyde Park, MA 02136
(617) 364-5274
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The name kind of says it all: family-friendly fun with bowling and ice cream.

11. Olindy's

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170 Quincy Ave
Quincy, MA 02169
This bowling-and-billiards spot predates World War II.

12. Ryan's Family Amusements

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11 Charles St
Malden, MA 02148
(781) 324-7828
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The name says it all for this spot, too: plenty of food, an arcade, and lots of bowling.

1. Kings Boston - Back Bay

50 Dalton St, Boston, MA 02115
This space includes an arcade and billiards.
50 Dalton St
Boston, MA 02115

2. Lucky Strike Lanes

145 Ipswich St, Boston, MA 02215
This alley is part of the Jillian's/Lucky Strike complex near Fenway Park: 70,000 square feet of all sorts of boozy fun.
145 Ipswich St
Boston, MA 02215

3. Central Park Lanes

10 Saratoga St, Boston, MA 02128
This is an Eastie standard with few frills: straight-ahead bowling.
10 Saratoga St
Boston, MA 02128

4. South Boston Bowlarama

543 E Broadway, Boston, MA 02127
This spot is a Southie mainstay with few frills as well.
543 E Broadway
Boston, MA 02127

5. Flatbread Company at Sacco's Bowl Haven

45 Day St, Somerville, MA 02144
This bowling-and-nosh spot predates World War II.
45 Day St
Somerville, MA 02144

6. Boston Bowl

820 William T Morrissey Blvd, Boston, MA 02122
This alley is open 24 hours and touts itself as particularly family-friendly. Rouse the kids at 3 a.m. for a couple of games. There are also outside batting cages.
820 William T Morrissey Blvd
Boston, MA 02122

7. Needham Bowlaway

16 Chestnut St, Needham, MA 02492
The basement alley goes back more than a century.
16 Chestnut St
Needham, MA 02492

8. Town Line Bowling

655 Broadway, Malden, MA
This alley is part of a larger entertainment complex that includes a sports bar and a nightclub.
655 Broadway
Malden, MA

9. Kings Boston - Dedham

600 Legacy Pl, Dedham, MA 02026
This is a straight-ahead beer, bowling, and wings joint, but with great lighting.
600 Legacy Pl
Dedham, MA 02026

10. Ron's Gourmet Ice Cream and 20th Century Bowling

1231 Hyde Park Ave, Hyde Park, MA 02136
The name kind of says it all: family-friendly fun with bowling and ice cream.
1231 Hyde Park Ave
Hyde Park, MA 02136

11. Olindy's

170 Quincy Ave, Quincy, MA 02169
This bowling-and-billiards spot predates World War II.
170 Quincy Ave
Quincy, MA 02169

12. Ryan's Family Amusements

11 Charles St, Malden, MA 02148
The name says it all for this spot, too: plenty of food, an arcade, and lots of bowling.
11 Charles St
Malden, MA 02148