Where can you find hot-pink vampire fangs, hone your marksmanship, and host a rehearsal diner for your wedding? If you’re stumped, the answer is Bowlocity, a bowing alley that offers more than just bowling.
For the last 53 years, one of Rochester’s entertainment staples has been the family-owned bowling alley on north Broadway. It opened in 1963 and was formerly known as Recreation Lanes. “The business has been in my family for many years, long before it became Bowlocity. My parents started running it in 1989,” says Erin Glorvigen, who’s been a manager there for the last five years. His father Gene currently owns the business.
One recently hired bartender, Chad Johnson, applied at Bowlocity specifically because of its local ownership: “I find that employees are treated better at locally owned businesses and that you’re not just another employee.”
If you’ve somehow managed to avoid Bowlocity since its 2013 makeover, you’re in for a surprise. Bowlocity still offers bowling with twenty four bowling lanes (eight are in a private suite), but it has doubled in size, and offers more options than bowling.
Enjoy a drink in “The Suite’s” private bar. “The suite lanes have leather couches, coffee tables, and high-top tables and chairs,” says Johnson. With Surly, Shock Top, and Schell’s Oktoberfest on tap, there’ll be a thirst-quenching option to help you ease into your comfortable seat.
Try to shoot one of your closest friends or maybe even your mom in the two-story Cyber Quest Laser Tag arena. After you’ve received the mission rules, donned your vest, and grabbed your blaster, you can dodge between purple walls and the searching fingers of pulsing green lasers. At the end of the round, you’ll even get stats telling you how accurate you were with the 102 shots you fired.
Host a rehearsal dinner for your wedding or even stop in after your wedding for a little shoot out with your new spouse. Andrew Bremer laughs as he recalls seeing a newly married couple enter the Cyber Quest course in tuxedo and wedding dress. “It is not a traditional venue for a rehearsal dinner, but we have gotten overwhelmingly positive feedback. We are booking more and more of these and everyone has a ‘blast!’ Our large party room can hold up to 75 people,” says Glorvigen.
Rack up some points on your Bowlocity play pass at one of the forty games in the arcade. You might be into traditional games like air hockey or arcade basketball, or try your hand slicing bananas with the swipe of a finger at the Fruit Ninja screen. You can redeem 50,000 points to take home a teddy bear that may not fit through your front door.
Grab a bite and watch the game at the sports bar
“A lot of people don’t expect there to be a separate little restaurant here,” says Chayla Badger, who’s tended bar there for the last three years. Badger says you can’t go wrong with The Philly sandwich. She likes to sub tomatoes and bacon on hers instead of the traditional onions and peppers.