909 N. 2nd St., 215/238-2695,
HOURS: Mon.–Fri. 5 p.m.–2 a.m., Sat.–Sun. 11 a.m.–2 a.m.
COST: $4.95 before 9 p.m., $5.95 after, $3 shoe rental
Housed in a former mechanics garage, North Bowl’s 21,000 square feet of space spread over two floors is a popular pre- or post-bar-hopping hangout in Northern Liberties. People come almost as much to hang out in the stylish yet comfortable setting, as they do for the lanes.
The restaurant serves much better food than you’d expect at a bowling alley, and pool tables and games offer additional entertainment. Happy hour specials Monday–Friday 5–7 p.m. promise discounts and a lively after-work scene.
There is often a wait for lanes on weekends, so call ahead to reserve, or snag a seat on one of the leather benches while you wait.
© Karrie Gavin from Moon Philadelphia, 1st Edition