2416 S. Kinnickinnic Ave.
know what they say: You can’t spell “Wisconsin” without bowling (zing).
Bay View Bowl on Kinnickinnic Avenue is Wisconsin at its finest. With
plenty of lanes and a full bar, it’s a place where one can mix the
pleasures of sports and drinking—or drinking as a sport. If you want
that everybody-knows-your-name neighborhood feel, put on a pair of
rentals, shine up that ball and head to Bay View Bowl. With cheap
drinks and lots of lanes, the bowling alley essentials are covered.
2042 W. Lincoln Ave.
of the two oldest continually operating lanes in the country, the
Holler House has been owned by a member of the Skowronski family since
its founding in 1908. Something you’re not likely to encounter anywhere
else is the sight of “pin boys,” who manually reset the pins and roll
the ball back to you by hand. To repeat, there are but two lanes, so
your chances of being able to roll right away are slim. Enjoy an
ice-cold bottled brew and admire the many bras on the wall while you
wait. (Brian Muilenburg)
Koz’s Mini Bowl
2078 S. Seventh St.
looking for some inexpensive and unusual entertainment would do well to
explore Milwaukee’s near South Side, where Koz’s Mini Bowl sits
unassumingly. The diminutive, antique mini-bowling lanes feature
oversized balls and neighborhood youths who manually reset the pins
after each roll. The bar sells Pabst Blue Ribbon on tap at cheap rates,
so you’ll have change left over to leave the customary tip for the
2220 N. Farwell Ave.
time (and the occasional fire) have claimed many of the singular
historic institutions that once defined the east North Avenue
neighborhood, a few wonderful remnants remain. The cacophonous
catacombs of Landmark Lanes have been an urban recreational mecca since
1927. With three separate bars, 16 lanes, air hockey, foosball and 10
pool tables, this subterranean mainstay has something to occupy just
about everyone. Dartboards and a sizable video arcade round out your
entertainment options. Daily specials further discount the already
reasonable drink prices. (B.M.)
801 E. Clarke St.
you actually want to roll at the second-oldest bowling alley in
Milwaukee, you’ll have to show up on Wednesday, which is the only night
the lanes are open to the public. The lanes are usually closed
altogether during the hot summer months, but a trip to this historic
Riverwest stalwart is worthwhile any time of year. One of many Polish
Falcon “Nests” nationwide, the establishment has two bars and a
reception hall and is home to a broad spectrum of friendly customers.
Photo: Holler House | by Lindsey Abendschein