(SPOT.ph) The summer sun is melting away and we’re slowly tucking our swimsuits and sunglasses back into our closets. But, that doesn’t mean the fun stops. An easy and enjoyable activity to try this rainy season is bowling. It’s not a very complex sport as the objective is easy to understand: Knock down the pins. You can do this using the proper form and technique or have a laugh and just experiment on your own. It’s also very versatile and welcoming to all kinds of players as alleys usually have numerous bowling balls that vary in size and weight.
Another great thing about bowling, well at least in Metro Manila, is that most of the alleys are found near or inside shopping malls. So they’re accessible and you can still do a lot of other activities or errands after winning some spares.
If you’re looking for a fun activity this rainy season, why not try a game (or two!) of bowling at these places in Metro Manila:
3/F Pioneer Center, Kapitolyo, Pasig City
Rates start at P1,250/hour/lane + P220/person/game
Open from Tuesday to Thursday, from 2 p.m. to 12 a.m.; from Friday to Saturday, from 2 p.m. to 1 a.m.; and every Sunday from 12 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Once known for its wide selection of hole-in-the-walls, Kapitolyo has a new must-try: a bowling and billiards center. Studio 300, which is located inside the Pioneer Center, doesn’t just bring the fun of bowling but completes the whole experience with its vintage, Instagrammable look.
The alley has 10 lanes. Lane rental is at P1,250 per hour from 2 p.m. to 5:59 p.m. Then, the prices slightly rise during peak hours from 6 p.m. to 12 a.m., when lane rental is at P1,500. On top of these prices is the P220 fee per person per game. Shoe rental is P65/pair.
One of the best things about Studio 300 is that you can reserve some lanes for a private event. Rates and availability vary so it’s best to contact the bowling alley through their Facebook page. So, if you find yourself in this area why not play a round of bowling, then get a delicious bite after.
Playdium Bowling and Billiards
26 Tagupo Street corner G. Araneta Avenue, Tatalon, Quezon City
Contact: 8732-0289, 8742-6217, 8522-0119, 0908-869-2502
Rates start at P150/person/game
Open daily, hours vary
If your group of friends or family is the type to go all out, then Playdium is definitely your go-to venue. The center has available venues for all sorts of activities—22 bowling lanes, Palmer billiards table, KTV, and even VIP Rooms for intimate functions or hangouts after work.
The center offers regular bowling at P150/person/game and a Play-All-You-Can promo at P600/hour/lane with a maximum of four persons. Renting a billiard table for a regular game is priced at P200/game and the Play All You Can Promo starts at P250/game. Shoe rental is at P25 per person. You can also book the place for bigger parties or reserve a VIP room.
Various malls nationwide
Rates start at P170/person/game
Operating hours vary per branch
Timezone is best known as an arcade center jam-packed with different games such as claw machines, video games, air hockey, and now a bowling area. But, take note: Not all branches have bowling alleys. Usually, it’s the bigger branches like Ayala Malls Manila Bay or Market! Market! The latter's Timezone outpost has a six-lane bowling alley and billiards area. Do swing by their website to see a full list of branches.
Bowling games are like any other games in the arcade. To play, you have to purchase a card and top it up. Each game is about P170/head/game. There are no shoe rentals available, so it’s best to come in wearing comfy shoes.
SM Bowling Center
Various SM malls nationwide
Rates start at P225/game/person
Operating hours vary per branch
SM added another activity people could do when they visit the mall. Aside from shopping all day, customers can now have some fun at the bowling alley. Here’s why we love the SM bowling alley: It’s accessible and there's always an ongoing promo.
Located inside the SM Malls, players won’t have trouble finding the place (and parking!). Plus, you can buy bowling tickets at the mall’s online ticketing website. Shoe rental is at P50.
If bowling is not the particular sport you want to try, some branches also have other activities such as billiards, archery, and a basketball arcade machine. The saying must be true, they do have it all for you.
Paeng’s Eastwood Bowl
4/F Citywalk 2 Mall, Eastwood Avenue, Quezon City
Contact: Contact: 0917-526-9673
Rates start at P160/head/game
Open from Sunday to Thursday, from 11 a.m. to 1 a.m.; and from Friday to Saturday, from 11 a.m. to 3 a.m.
The OG of bowling alleys—Paeng’s Eastwood Bowl—is where teens in the early 2010s would hang out or have their post-exams celebration. Adults hang out there too, of course, playing a game or two on one of the 20 bowling lanes or a quick round on the billiards table after work. Plus, players can enjoy munching on the classic Magoo’s Pizza between their turns.
Paeng’s Eastwood Bowl is open every day, but the prices vary during peak days. From Monday to Thursday, a game is at P160/head/game. The prices increase a little from Friday to Sunday, where a game is P180/head/game. An additional P35 is charged for shoe rental.
As of June 2022, the branches at Robinson’s Galleria and Midtown are currently closed.
Superbowl Bowling and Billiards Center
3/F Makati Cinema Square, Pasong Tamo corner Pasay Road, Makati City
Rates start at P140/head/game
Open daily from 10 a.m. to 12 a.m.
Superbowl is located in the heart of Makati and is open until midnight, making it the perfect go-to place for working people nearby who want to relax and unwind after a day at the office. It has a total of 42 lanes, so there’s no need to worry during peak hours. You can also grab a bite of their pizza or have a couple of beers between turns.
Rates during off-hours (from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.) start at P140 while peak-hour (from 5 p.m. to 12 a.m.) prices are at P170. Weekend rates are also at P170 no matter the time. The alley also offers activities like billiards.
E-Lanes Bowling Center
2/F E-Square, 416 Ortigas Avenue, Greenhills, San Juan City
Contact: 0916-436-9990 (look for Jenny)
Rates start at P150/head/game
Open every Tuesday, from 2 p.m. to 11 p.m.; Friday, from 1 p.m. to 10 p.m.; and Saturday and Sunday, from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.
The E-Lanes Bowling Center is along Ortigas Avenue, near the Ronac Art Center. The building it’s in does have some signs of aging, but the bowling center located on the second floor is a clean and spacious alley with 24 lanes. A game is priced at P150/person plus a P50 shoe rental fee. This bowling center accepts reservations, especially for big groups and private functions.
AMF-Puyat Coronado Lanes Bowling and Billiards Center
4/F Starmall EDSA-Shaw, EDSA corner Shaw Boulevard, Mandaluyong City
Rates start at 140/game/person
Open daily from 12 p.m. to 9 p.m.
The Coronado Lanes in Starmall EDSA-Shaw is a little hidden compared to other alleys, but it’s you get the experience of the same exciting fun of bowling. The alley has one of the cheapest game fees at only P140/game/person and a P35 shoe rental. Since it’s found inside a smaller mall, you could expect fewer people, especially during off-hours.
Sta. Lucia Bowling and Billiards Center
Sta. Lucia East Bowling & Billiards Center
L3 Sta. Lucia East Grand Mall, Marcos Highway corner Felix Avenue, Pasig City
Rates start at P150/head/game
Open daily from 12 p.m. to 11 p.m.
The Sta. Lucia Bowling Center is pretty popular among bowling enthusiasts. If you take a look at their Facebook page and other socials, bowling meets and competitions are frequently held at the alley. If you’re a bowling aficionado and you are looking for a club to join, hanging around this alley could be a great start in finding your bowling community.
The alley has a total of 32 lanes, rates start at P150/head/game plus P20 for shoe rental. You can also play a couple of rounds at the billiards table while resting from a game of bowling, rates start at P180/hour.
Celebrity Sports Plaza's Bowling Center
Capitol Hills Drive, Diliman, Quezon City
Membership rates start at P39,200 with P2,000/month dues
Open daily from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Due to the onslaught pandemic, some of our favorite bowling alleys still have not opened. While some of us are still a little skeptical to go to a mall and play, joining a country club could be one of the best options to enjoy bowling in a more controlled and familiar space. There's Celebrity Sports Plaza, which has 16 Brunswick bowling lanes and a computerized scoring system. It comes with a slightly expensive price tag, but it’s definitely a good investment for the family. Celebrity Sports Plaza also has other facilities like a gym, swimming pool, tennis courts, and so much more for their members to enjoy.
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