Bowling in Vegas incorporates elements of casinos, bars, and nightclubs, with lively crowds to match. Locals take their leagues seriously, so "spare" yourself some heartache and call ahead to make a lane reservation.
The Orleans Bowling Center. Tucked inside the Orleans Resort and Casino, this 70-lane bowling center is in a working-class neighborhood just off the Strip. Be sure to check out the pro shop, as well as the video arcade, which can get rocking on weekend nights. 4500 W. Tropicana Rd., West Side, Las Vegas, Nevada. 702/365–7400 ; www.orleanscasino.com .
Red Rock Lanes. This 72-lane bowling alley has all the amenities, including Cosmic Bowling—glow-in-the-dark bowling with a DJ—until 2 am on Friday and Saturday nights. Roll on through until morning—it's open 24 hours a day. If you've got the bankroll, you can live the full nightclub-plus-bowling dream with bottle service at your own VIP lanes. Red Rock Casino Resort, 11011 W. Charleston Blvd., Summerlin South, Las Vegas, Nevada. 702/797–7467; 866/767–7773; www.redrocklanes.com.
Sam's Town Bowling Center. This is a 56-lane locals' alley where leagues and tournaments are taken seriously. Tourists come for the cocktail lounge, connecting casino, and "Xtreme Bowling Experience" starting at 9 pm on Friday and Saturday nights that will allow you to "strike out" in a nightclub like never before. Present a movie ticket stub or receipt from the on-site T.G.I. Friday's, and the first game of bowling is free. 5111 Boulder Hwy., Boulder Strip, Las Vegas, Nevada. 702/456–7777; 800/897–8696; www.samstownlv.com.
Santa Fe Station Bowling Center. This 60-lane facility at Santa Fe Station Casino is a traditional bowling center, with video arcade, bar, and top-of-the-line Brunswick electronic scoring system. Cosmic Bowling with a DJ is held every Saturday 7–11 pm. 4949 N. Rancho Dr., West Side, Las Vegas, Nevada. 702/658–4988; www.stationcasinoslanes.com.
Silver Nugget Bowling Center. This alley has 24 lanes and new equipment, a pro shop, and a modern automatic scoring system. Its version of Cosmic Bowling, which includes fancy lights and a booming sound system, goes 7 pm–midnight on Friday and Saturday. Rates are $1 per person per game on weekdays and $2.50 on weekends; on weekend days you can rent lanes for $10 per hour instead of paying per person per game. 2140 Las Vegas Blvd. N, Las Vegas, Nevada. 702/399–1111.
Suncoast Bowling Center. Reflecting its upscale Summerlin neighborhood, the bowling center at the Suncoast, with 64 lanes, is designed to provide every high-tech toy for bowlers. The alley has Cosmic Bowling on Saturday and hosts a number of different leagues throughout the week. 9090 Alta Dr., Las Vegas, Nevada, 89145. 702/636–7111; 877/677–7111; www.suncoastcasino.com.