Strike! Open Bowling in Metro Detroit

By: Scott Davis | October 13, 2014

There are a few activities that seem to remain constant when a friend or family member asks, “What should we do tonight?” Chances are high that bowling just popped into your head (granted, you clicked on an article about open bowling). Whether you are a pitiful bowler, or average a score of 230 and often compete in Pro Bowling Association competitions, southeast Michigan seems to have a bowling alley in every town.

If you are looking for something to do on the fly, bowling is always a good fallback. It’s fun, competitive, and adding a beer or two (not too many—lesson learned on that one before by yours truly) to the mix can make for a great night. Open bowling is an excellent opportunity for some recreational bowling on a random night. You’re going to need to know days and times, so here lies a list of bowling alleys offering open bowling.

Thunderbird Lanes is located at 400 W. Maple Rd. in Troy, and offers open bowling every weekday (there are sometimes exceptions) usually until midnight. This bowling alley was voted as the “Best Bowling Alley” in Detroit in 2012 and was voted second in 2013 on CityVoter.com. Needless to say, you will enjoy your bowling experience here. On Mondays, it offers $1 games from 9 p.m. until midnight and offers special deals every day of the week. Don’t forget about cosmic bowling on the weekends. It is also a great place to host a party or fundraiser!

Luxury Lanes calls 600 E. 9 Mile in Ferndale its home. In 2011 it was voted as champion for bowling alleys on clickondetroit.com and was the runner-up in 2014 on CityVoter.com. Open bowling times vary, but occur more or less every day, just check the schedule. “BlackJack Night” is on Thursdays from 8 p.m. until 11 p.m., where players are dealt digital cards when he or she bowls a spare or strike—like normal blackjack, get a 21 and win prizes.

The Garden Bowl, 4120 Woodward Ave. in Detroit (part of the Majestic Entertainment Complex), opened in 1913, which makes it the oldest active bowling center in this beautiful land we call America. Open bowling occurs daily, Monday through Thursday (rates are $8 per lane from 11 a.m. until 6 p.m. and $16 per lane from 6 p.m. until 2 a.m.) and Friday through Sunday (rates are $12 per lane from 11 a.m. until 6 p.m. and $25 from 6 p.m. until 2 a.m.). Shoes are an additional $3. The Garden Bowl offers 16 lanes and has a maximum of six bowlers per lane.

Harbor Lanes, 25419 Jefferson in St. Clair Shores, seems to have tremendous deals. Bowl at your whim all day on Sunday and Monday, or from 6 p.m. until close Tuesday through Saturday. You can bowl three games for a staggering $5. That is an absolute steal. Harbor Lanes does you one better though. On Thursday nights from 10 p.m. until 1 a.m., you can bowl for $0. That’s right, free bowling! You must purchase shoes for $2.50, but I think you can spring for that. It also offers all kinds of drink and shot specials. Basically, it sounds like the place to be for bowling.

Super Bowl Lanes resides at 45100 Ford Rd. in Canton and is always a good time. Open bowling happens on any day of the week that ends in “y,” going until at least midnight each night. Prices vary by day and time, but it is always affordable and is a good place to go with a group of friends and throw back a few brews. Super Bowl is always having events and classes. It is currently offering a free, four-week-long class, teaching you how to bowl better. It is one of my personal favorite bowling alleys.

Bowling is one of America’s favorite activities. According to several bowling websites, bowling accumulates more than 70 million participants per year. Pretty impressive stuff. You can venture to one of these listed bowling centers, or maybe you have a local favorite. Either way, you’ll have fun.