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925 Bunker Hill Rd, Houston, TX | Directions 77024-130129.780188 -95.531729
Mon. - Thu. 9am - 11pm;Fri. - Sat. 9am - 12pm;Sun. 10am - 11pm
Neighborhoods: Westside, Memorial
VERY BAD FOOT FUNGUS – first off: BRING YOUR OWN BOWLING SHOES, unless you want to get a blistering flesh eating fungus on your feet!
I came to this place a couple of weeks ago for a Bday party. Ambiance was great. it was a very lively place. service was a bit slow but that didnt bother me too much as i was getting my drinks directly from the bar. i didnt try the food, but i hear it was pretty good.
My problem with this place is the Management. The day after leaving this place i noticed a very bad foot fungus that looked like Athletes foot, except the skin b/w my toes started to blister very badly. now im usually not one to complain but after 4-5 days it was so bad that regular powder meds wouldnt do anything. i went up to the bowling alley to talk to a manager about it (something like this could be a potential lawsuit if its a consistant problem), and the manager didnt want to give me the time of day. he disregarded me and my problem as if it was irrelevant and unimportant. i was a bit angry so i called and left a message on the voice machine of the GM. that was about a week ago and i still have gotten no reply. im not sure if the kids they hired just arent spraying the shoes enough with that little spray they have or what, but you are coming here then either BRING YOUR OWN SHOES OR AVOID THIS PLACE ENTIRELY. UNLESS YOU WANT A BAD CASE OF THE FOOT HERPES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Company Event HUGE Success! – We had a blast! My boss wanted to go bowling when our worldwide continent managers were in town. We booked the private lanes - VERY nice. We had our own bartenders and wait staff as well as private bathrooms! The lanes were in fine condition; no problems with scoring, etc. The food was delicious! Phenominal appetizer selections: fresh fruit, vegetables and dip, delightful cheeses and an array of crackers. The desserts were delectable!
We had open bar for an hour and arranged for it in advance with the Sales Manager, Donna, who was very helpful while I was organizing this event. Although the receipt itemizes each drink (for inventory purposes) we were credited any overage above our stated contract terms. Everything was straightforward and above board.
We had five lanes for our group of 21; it was a comfortable, energetic and enjoyable atmosphere.
Would we go again? ABSOLUTELY!
save your money! – come book a party at this place where they tell you open bar. NOT TRUE! we get there with 30 people and we had 1 waitress for 4 lanes. 2 bartender for the whole place. we wait 15min for our drinks! so the next time around we order more drinks than people we had so they can keep up with us. then at the end they over charge us, telling us we had 50+people. We told them to go look at the camera and count 50 people. guess what, they couldnt! IF THE CONTRACT SAYS OPEN BAR, ITS OPEN BAR! some guy name paul tells us its 4 drinks per hour bullsht AVOID THIS PLACE! I would NEVER go back!
Mixed Reviews – I love the atmosphere at this bowling alley, but service here is hit and miss. We have visited on multiple occasions - once being a sunday evening around 9PM, once on a monday afternoon, and the other times were on saturday mornings.
Our most recent visit - the sunday evening at 9PM - was very disappointing and made me not want to go back. They were advertising on the screens unlimited bowling, including shoes, drink and food specials for $10/person after 9PM on sunday evenings. That was the ONLY reason we attended this night. We waited about 45 minutes to get our lane and when we finally did, the girl at the front desk gave us pricing per game, for shoes, etc. And I told her we were here for the $10/person deal and she said that only applied to people in the service industry. And I said...nothing on the screeen stated that. The only "fine print" on the ad said you had to be 21 to order drinks. And she said no, it says it on there. So, we said ok whatever and got our lane. Again, we saw the ad up there and NOWHERE did it state this applied only to service industry employees. Can you say false advertising? On top of that, the waitstaff was HORRIBLE. The guy came over to us ONCE the entire time we were there, which was shortly after we arrived to give us a menu. When we wanted drinks, we had to go get them and order them ourselves. The place was also packed and the people who shared the booth area with us had like 8 balls and we didn't even have enough room for the 5 of us to put ours on the rack. They pack way too many people on a lane. They told us in order to get 2 lanes, you had to have at least 8-9 people. They're trying to squeeze too many people in small spaces. There isn't enough room for everyone to sit down in when you put that many people to a lane! We only played 1 game each and left. VERY disappointing.
The times we went on saturday mornings (right at opening time) and the time we went on a monday afternoon, things were different. Service was usually good (of course because there wern't many people there) and we could get a lane right away.
One huge negative we found about this place - no matter when you go - is that you cannot manually remove a bowler from your lane. Someone at the front desk has to do it for you. My husband and I went by ourselves and both played 2 games. He wanted to play 1 more and I didn't, so he tried to remove me from the game and it wouldn't let us. I've never seen any other bowling alley where you can't even type in your own name or remove yourself from the board.
Bottom line is, I will NEVER go again in the evenings, if I even go back at all. Service is terrible and that whole false advertising thing left a bad taste in my mouth. I can bowl elsewhere for a lot cheaper and not have to be so dependent on the front desk to do everything for you. It's too bad because this bowling alley has a lot of potential.
Average bowling with a pricey menu – I went bowling at 300 during Happy Hour and the interior of the place is nice. They help you pick out your bowling ball and shoes and there are servers who handle everything you need on the lanes. Me and my friend ordered pineapple and rum well drinks (the pineapple was an extra 50 cents) and for $3 they were on point! The menu looked good and smelled good (other lanes ordered food) but the prices were a little too much for us so we didn't order anything to eat. I've heard stories about the other 300 locations in the US and I was expecting a little more but this location didn't disappoint me. I say go during happy hour or any one of their other promotions (like ladies night) when you can enjoy cheaper food, drinks and bowling prices.
Great place! – This is by far the best bowling alley in town. It was remodeled recently so it doesn't reek of cigarette smoke, its clean and the people that work here are very friendly.
Yes, it may be a bit more expensive than other bowling alleys but its worth it.
*** Not for Young Children ***
I went for a birthday party for an 8yo girl on a Sunday night at 5pm. The place was clean, the service was pleasant and the menu appeared to be a notch above the standard cardboard burger fare you get at places like this.
My only issue was the music videos they were playing. The screens are at the end of the lane, so you really can't look away for long. I personally don't dislike them, but they are wildly inappropriate for kids this young. I don't think they bill themselves as a kid's party venue, so it isn't fair to criticize them, but people should know that the music videos that are playing show momentary flashes of sexual content, along with thousands of images of women in thongs, nearly full breast glimpses, slutty short shorts, nude men and women engaged in sex (though you don't see actual genitalia, you get the drift), etc. It was constant. Although it seemed that most of these girls (age 8) never noticed, two sat there with their eyes glued to the screens. It just isn't something I'd like my daughter exposed to so casually. Just something to keep in mind if you're considering bringing young children with you.
On the other hand, if it was just me and my adult friends - this would be a completely different review.
WAY OVER PRICED!!!! – My husband and I are early thirties, no kids so we are out a bit and am reasonably familiar with pricing for food and drinks in the inner loop/ Memorial area. We met some friends at this place for something different to do on a Friday night and for just my husband and I for 5 drinks (NOT top shelf/ well drinks and NOT doubles, singles) and an appetizer. with 2 games of bowling we spent OVER $100. The food was okay and they people were nice but a $100 for 2 games of bowling and 2 hours of entertainment, that is a bit much. With our 4 friends and us, for the two games and drinks and food our lane spent about $400. It was SERIOUSLY overpriced. Next time would go eat at a nice place or go to trendy bar such as Sawyer Park or a nice wine bar.
300 is hot – how hot is it to go to a hip place that has great music, service at your lanes and bowling all rolled into one.
Love this place, can't wait to go back.
Man the reviews are not great..maybe they all had a bad day because I did not experience any of this. I guess you have good days and bad. The beer is acutally 4 and 5 dollars a bottle.
Going back sooooon!!!!!
Sleek appearance takes a back seat to poor service – For some reason I keep giving this place a second chance. It's a central location for my friends to meet coming from all corners of Houston. It's newly remodeled and everything is in good shape. That's where it stops. I've been there on a Thursday night and granted it was busy but the wait time of an hour and fifteen minutes was ridiculous for 2 lanes. We waited at the bar only to be ignored most of the time or rudely asked what we wanted. The bartender would ask one person what they wanted and then turn around to get a drink instead of asking several people and consolidating his task. Then he wouldn't come by again for long periods of time (longer than normal, I go to packed bars and good bar tenders make rounds back and forth enough to make it tolerable, this was nothing like that). We decided to move to the tables by the bar and eat while we waited. One person in our group could not even get the bar tenders attention to close his tab so he joined us and asked our waitress to close it for him. It took 15 minutes before we were approached by waitstaff at the table. Place drink orders with them took an inordinate amount of time as well. We felt as though wait staff were walking around ignoring us and only socializing with each other. We finally got the call for our lanes and had continuous problems with the lane resetting each frame. To management's credit they did not charge us for our bowling. When we told the waitress at our lane we wanted to close out she said she could not split the tab. Fair enough, we didn't tell her from the start and I understand that can be difficult with a large group.
We went again on Tuesday night when it was practically dead at 7pm. We immediately got a lane but when the waitress finally came to get our order she said she couldn't put each couple on separate tabs and could not even run more than 2 credit cards for 1 bill. This is not a customer service oriented business.
I understand the style of the alley is to be more trendy but you can't even see the arrows on the lanes. They should put some kind of glow in the dark marks on them. I'm not even an avid bowler and that was annoying to me.
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