Mon, 4pm-1am; Tue-Thu, 5pm-midnight; Fri-Sat, 11am-3am; Sun, 11am-midnight
4pm-7pm; $3 Bud and Bud Light drafts, $4 Bud and Bud Light bottles, half-off appetizers
4, 5, 6, L, N, Q, R, W at 14th St.-Union Sq.
American Express, MasterCard, Visa
Dating from 1938, Bowlmor was the site of television's first bowling shows during the late '50s. But after a multimillion-dollar renovation, this landmark to the golden age of bowling feels contrived. One step away from being a 42nd Street theme bar, it sometimes functions as an Elks Club for media professionals, what with all the corporate bashes (and, once upon a time, launch parties) thrown here. Still, it's a sporty alternative to the usual East Village club circuit. Even if you don't feel like crashing pins, enjoy a Jetsons moment in Bowlmor's restored retro lounge, done up with large orange and brown vinyl booths and wooden-topped tables.Extra
Legend has it that Richard M. Nixon knocked some pins here. And when the Rolling Stones stopped by after a show, Keith Richards threw his ball clear across the lanes.
Night Strikes on Mondays from 9pm-1am; $24 a person for unlimited bowling.
Picnics with a view, roller-skating nostalgia, and a party for gay headbangers.