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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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Kings Boston - Back Bay

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This space includes an arcade and billiards.

Lucky Strike Lanes

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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.

Central Park Lanes

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This is an Eastie standard with few frills: straight-ahead bowling.

South Boston Bowlarama

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This spot is a Southie mainstay with few frills as well.

Flatbread Company at Sacco's Bowl Haven

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This bowling-and-nosh spot predates World War II.

Boston Bowl

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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.

Needham Bowlaway

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The basement alley goes back more than a century.

Town Line Bowling

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This alley is part of a larger entertainment complex that includes a sports bar and a nightclub.

Kings Boston - Dedham

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This is a straight-ahead beer, bowling, and wings joint, but with great lighting.

Ron's Gourmet Ice Cream and 20th Century Bowling

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The name kind of says it all: family-friendly fun with bowling and ice cream.

Olindy's

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This bowling-and-billiards spot predates World War II.

Ryan's Family Amusements

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The name says it all for this spot, too: plenty of food, an arcade, and lots of bowling.

Kings Boston - Back Bay

This space includes an arcade and billiards.

Lucky Strike Lanes

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

Central Park Lanes

This is an Eastie standard with few frills: straight-ahead bowling.

South Boston Bowlarama

This spot is a Southie mainstay with few frills as well.

Flatbread Company at Sacco's Bowl Haven

This bowling-and-nosh spot predates World War II.

Boston Bowl

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.

Needham Bowlaway

The basement alley goes back more than a century.

Town Line Bowling

This alley is part of a larger entertainment complex that includes a sports bar and a nightclub.

Kings Boston - Dedham

This is a straight-ahead beer, bowling, and wings joint, but with great lighting.

Ron's Gourmet Ice Cream and 20th Century Bowling

The name kind of says it all: family-friendly fun with bowling and ice cream.

Olindy's

This bowling-and-billiards spot predates World War II.

Ryan's Family Amusements

The name says it all for this spot, too: plenty of food, an arcade, and lots of bowling.