It’s been more than half a century since Ralph Kramden and Ed Norton of "The Honeymooners" escaped the drudgery of life on New York City’s bus routes and sewers with trips to Brooklyn’s Acme Alley as members of "The Hurricanes" bowling team.
To many in our modern age, the American bowling alley may seem as antiquated as "The Honeymooners" (or even "Kingpin" or "The Big Lebowski"). But while bowling is no longer the popular pastime it was during its heyday in the 1950s, the Acme Alleys of today have reinvented themselves as all-purpose entertainment venues, drawing patrons as much for dining and gaming experiences, musical acts and laser light shows as well-oiled lanes.
If "The Honeymooners" were rebooted in the United States — which now has over 5,000 bowling centers — Ralph and Ed might be found at Acme Alley’s karaoke lounge or nursing a "Hurricane" cocktail (or craft beer) at the full-service lounge, in between hurling strikes (or gutter balls) on the lanes.
Here’s a look at great American bowling alleys that would make Ralph Kramden and "The Hurricanes" proud.