Once again, readers have singled out Columbus Square Bowling Palace as the city’s best place to throw a few strings. The North Side pin emporium covers all of the basics for league players and casual bowlers, plus has food and a full bar, and bells-and-whistles amenities like an all-season outdoor patio and large flatscreens over the lanes for watching sports and videos — when you’re not busy lining up your shot or trash-talking your opponents. And with 24/7 operating hours, it’s open whenever the bowling hankering strikes. Only a chance encounter with The Dude could improve on the experience.
Runners-up: Sawmill Lanes, Ten Pin Alley