(credit: Getty Images/Andrew Burton)

(credit: Getty Images/Andrew Burton)

While the downtown/midtown area is host to a majority of Sacramento’s most popular locales in several categories, this is not one of them. No matter what side of town you’re on, when it comes to bowling, the outskirts of Sacramento are where it’s at. Furthermore, many area bowling alleys offer much more than mere bowling.

Pins N Strikes
3443 Laguna Blvd.
Elk Grove, CA 95758
(916) 226-2695

If you’re looking for somewhere fun to hang out in Elk Grove, Pins N Strikes has a lot more to offer than just 44 lanes of bowling. With glow bowling, league bowling and a section of VIP lanes in the “Back Alley,” everyone is sure to be pleased. The expansive arcade features 100 games. Hungry? Coach’s Bar & Grill can satisfy any craving. There are 11 HD TVs and a couple projector screens, broadcasting NFL Sunday Ticket, MLB Extra Innings and NBA League Pass. At Coach’s, you can also shoot pool at one of the tables or play a game of Big Buck Hunter. On select nights, entertainment is provided by a live DJ, and on Friday and Saturday, it is open until 2 a.m.

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Country Club Lanes
2600 Watt Ave.
Sacramento, CA 95821
(916) 483-5105

Listing the hours here would be pointless because this spot never closes. Offering bowling, laser tag, two arcade rooms, pool tables, a full bar, snack bar and a private room upstairs for banquets, Country Club Lanes has everything under the sun. From seven to 70, it covers every age group. The 48 bowling lanes have several 10’x 10′ screens to watch sports or music videos while bowling. The black-lit “glo” section of the arcade features a four-person air hockey table and a multi-player “whack-a-mole” game that is both challenging and addicting. A great special is late night bowling starting at 11:30 p.m., Unlimited bowling is only $10 per person. Also worth mentioning, “Tag-Tastic Wednesdays” from 8:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. offers unlimited laser tag play and a $20 arcade card.

AMF Land Park Lanes
5850 Freeport Blvd.
Sacramento, CA 95822
(916) 421-3671

At AMF, you can keep your bowling arm strong at one of the 32 lanes on site. There is a full-service bar and a cafe available when you need a drink or a bite to keep your game going. Arcade games and pool tables are also part of the fun on your night out. Tuesdays are college night at AMF Land Park Lanes. You can get $10 pizza, $2 Pabst and unlimited Xtreme glow-in-the-dark bowling for $11. This is not only a place for a great night out of bowling, it is also a great place for the family.

Capitol Bowl
900 W. Capitol Ave.
West Sacramento, CA 95691
(916) 371-4200

From being the first racially integrated bowling alley in Nor Cal to being the first to have women-only leagues, Capitol Bowl has been making history since it was called El Rancho Bowl. Of course, Cap Bowl offers all of the regular amenities other bowling alleys do like the full-service bar and area to get something to eat. Now on its third family to own the bowling alley, it has been renovated and remodeled, bringing a fresh, modern feel to the place. Now you will find features like an outstanding outside patio, waterfall and fire pit tables. Be sure to check out the website for special offers and updates.

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As a hospitality professional Andy Soto has worked every facet of the industry. He currently leads the team at Spectrum Restaurant Consulting. He started writing a hospitality blog in 2009 and restaurant writing for Sacramento Press in 2010. In 2011 Andy became a Sacramento Restaurant Examiner for Examiner.com. His work can be found on Examiner.com.