The bowling alley still lodged in your head from your childhood, has probably changed a lot over the years, if it still even exists at all. Though it has always been one of Mumbaiâs favourite gaming interest, alleys have gotten swankier over the years, doubling as sports bars and lounges. Luckily a few still exist, this is our list of the best bowling places in the city so put on your shoes and get bowling!
Victoria House Road, Lower Parel, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400013
While travelling on the MumbaiLocal is entertaining, if you’re seeking a place to have some real fun, then try out Smaaash at Lower Parel. Launched in 2012 by cricketing God Sachin Tendulkar, Mumbai’s Smaaash has grown bigger and better with each passing year and become a site for wholesome entertainment and unforgettable memories. So if you’re wondering what the hubbub is about, then let us enlighten you. For here’s what makes Smaaash a smashing success!
Image by Pixabay
Let’s begin with the basics. Contrary to the popular belief, the name of the place is Smaaash with three ‘a’s. It is not Smash Mumbai or even Smaash Mumbai. If you think that we’re being perfectionists, then the brand ambassador of Smaaash is Sachin Tendulkar, enuff said. But irreverence aside, the brand’s popularity is growing by the minute and they already have outlets in Hyderabad, Gurgaon and Bengaluru. The Mumbai outlet is spread over 120,000 sq feet and is the only one of its kind in the city.
While there is no entry fee at Smaaash in Lower Parel, the individual games at the entertainment zone have their own rates and are usually between Rs 250-2500.
The Mumbai outlet has the following attractions:
Exclusive to Mumbai
XD Interactive Theater: While 4-D and 5-D theatres have now become commonplace for Mumbaikars, you have not truly experienced the medium until you have been to Smaaash! Like the movie Inception, it will make you question reality. Yeah it’s that good.
Price: Rs 250 (weekdays), Rs 300 (weekends) Image by Pixabay
Sky Karting: Go-karting is passé. It’s time for skykarting which is basically go-karting done at high speeds. And by speed we mean, scream-your-lungs-out-and-pray-to-your-favourite-God speed.
Price: Rs 400-2500 (depending on the time and experience levels)
Zipline: If you’re too lazy to travel to Lonavala/Khandala to suspend yourself mid-air, then try the one at Smaaash. You’ll come out with an ear-to-ear smile plastered on your face.
Price: Rs 150 (1 ride), Rs 250 (2 rides)
Snow Rush: Technically Mumbai has only two seasons, Monsoon and summer, and this leads to the need for snow (NFS anyone?) So if you’re looking for a place to chill (literally), then head to the Snow Rush in Smaaash. The zone has ski carousel, sledge carts, igloos and, wait for it, a snow war room.
Price: Rs 400
While Smaaash has no dearth of games, we’ve picked out the classics:
Cockpit 360: Your childhood fighter plane fantasies end here as the game will put you right into the middle of the action of apocalyptic World War. As Gandalf said ‘Fly you fools!’
Smaaash Cricket: Virtual pitch with s state-of-the-art simulator that will make you feel Dale Steyn’s Yorkers! Game for some?
Goalie Guacamole: The motto to follow here would be to keep calm and score. Because penalties aren’t pleasant when the goalkeeper moves faster than an F1 car (cue-devious background music).
Walk the Plank: Ever had that feeling in your nightmare where you’re perched precariously on a tightrope and are about to fall. No? Well you will probably have it after you walk the plank at Smaaash.
Twilight Bowling: Getting high at a place titled Smaaash might seem obvious, but when you have neon-lit bowling tracks that glow like Pandora, you know we’re not kidding! One of the key attractions at Smaaash, Lower Parel, a single session here will cost you Rs 400-500 depending on whether it’s a weekday or a weekend.
Mighty Small: Continental cuisine, Rs 1200 (meal for 2)
Big Fat Treats: dessert Bar (Rs 150-200 for a dessert)
Next to Powai Plaza, Hiranandani Gardens Powai, Sainath Nagar, Powai, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400076
Powai is home to many cool things, and Hakone is one of the them. The go-karting track is a must visit for racing enthusiasts, or simply people who love driving. (Does Mumbai and its traffic allow you that pleasure?) It’s not very massive, but a lot of fun!
Cost: Rs 140 for 4 laps, Rs 180 for 6 and Rs 250 for 10
F-33,34, Phoenix Marketcity, Lal Bahadur Shastri Marg, Kamani, Kurla West, Kurla, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400070
Located in Phoenix Marketcity, Amoeba is an ideal destination for fun hunters. The bowling alleys are well-maintained and the place can occupy around 50 people at a time. It also houses car racing conduits, air hockey and basketball games.The only thing you’ll lose at the biggest bowling alley in the city is the track of time. Even though they have 16 lanes, you can never be sure of not having to wait for your chance. Phoenix Market City houses this funky alley and don’t worry about the bowling shoes because they’ve got you covered there.Price: Rs 120 onwards per person/ per game
Funcity Viviana Mall, Thane West
Eastern Express Highway, Beside Jupiter Hospital, Thane West, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400606
About Funcity Viviana Mall
One of the swankiest bowling alleys in town, bowling at viviana makes bowling a whole lot more exciting. Their open bowling tournaments promise unlimited fun and frolic. There are even solo entries to these tournaments so here’s one place being single won’t be a sad affair.
Price:Rs 220 per person/ per game