Crafton-Ingram Bowling Lanes
14 Foster Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15205
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Good and Bad. Lanes are below average condition. Some warping, very dry. But games are cheap (Mondays in Summer are $1 per game). Employees are not very friendly, borderline rude. However, never too packed that you can't get a lane (probably due to customer service). Smoke free is definitely a plus. Also, BYOB also a plus.
I took my 4 and 5 year old here for bowling. It was the first time for both. The lady at the counter was very nice and the place was clean. It is BYOB but I did not see any one drinking on our visit. The best part is that the place is non smoking. That I love! It is a rather old bowling alley but was very nice. I will be back.
This place would get 5 stars if it weren't for the employees. They are rude and unattentive. I have a little bit of a belly (not much at all) and the a**hole at the counter told me pregnant people should not drink!! The fatty that I apparently am, decided to get a hot dog. It was almost worth the ten minutes I waited to get service. I would go back every week if the service didn't disgust me. I will check back in a month or so and see if they got rid of their worthless employees. Everything else I really enjoyed (especially the B.Y.O.B).
My friends and I are casual bowers and enojoy going as much for the social aspect as to work on our games. Not that we are excessive drinkers, but while bowling 5 or 6 games at other local alleys the bar bill starts to get a little pricey. Here it is nice to be able to bring our own beverages with us, and still be able to enjoy ourselves and not feel like we are being gouged on the pricing. The place is very clean, and being smoke free is a definite plus! We will definitely be heading back.
Mike must be the 150 bowler. They have a the best lane machine $22000 can buy. I bowl in a league and the lane conditions are the same every week. The lanes are stripped and oiled everyday with a specific program for each league. The lanes are not warpped, they are inspected every year by ABC. The only thing that is warpped is Mike or his ball. As far as concessions, they offer hot dogs and snacks,which is the biggest and best dog I ever had. for $1.50. Eat dinner at home Mike and Learn how to adjust your game in different lanes. Maybe Mike CAN ONLY bowl on formica, wood lanes are for bowlers. TONY
As I implied in my title, the lanes at Crafton-Ingram bowling are sub-par at best. Some time ago, they experienced flooding, and I don't believe they ever properly repaired the lanes or the approaches. I'm convinced that the lanes are rather warped. If you're just a casual bowler looking for a good time, I suppose it wouldn't be a big deal. But if you're in a league, or trying to practice for said league, it can become quite an issue, as the warped lanes tend to throw off your ball.
On the good side, their prices are fair, considering the general condition of the joint. Their food and drinks leave a good bit to be desired - they're overpriced in my opinion, but that's where the ""real"" money is made anyways. Perhaps they'll eventually use the food profits to repair the lanes.
It would certainly help if they ever had someone standing at the snack-bar counter though. You can stand there for up to 15 minutes waiting for a blasted root-beer.
this is the worst bowling alley in pittsburgh they dont keep it clean :( :( :( :( not recommended for kids
These lanes were like bowling on sandpaper. Not a spot of oil. If you go there bring a quart of 10w30.
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