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[The List]: Bowling for Shanghai
That creep can ROLL: Here's a list of all the bowling alleys in the city. If it's too hot or too rainy, hey there's always bowling.
By Jul 5, 2016 Sports & Recreation
Ahhh, the sport of kings: bowling. Scroll down for a list of Shanghai's most glorious alleys.

But first, wisdom from the sages:



"Our lives are in the hands of men no smarter than you or I. Many of them incompetent boobs. I know this because I've worked alongside them, gone bowling with them and watched them pass me over for promotions time and time again."

-Homer Simpson




"It all comes down to this roll. Roy Munson, a man-child, with a dream to topple bowling giant Ernie McCracken. If he strikes, he's the 1979 Odor-Eaters Champion. He's got one foot in the frying pan and one in the pressure cooker. Believe me, as a bowler, I know that right about now, your bladder feels like an overstuffed vacuum cleaner bag and your butt is kinda like an about-to-explode bratwurst."

-Ernie McCracken, [Bill Murray in Kingpin]




"Fuck it, Dude, let's go bowling."

-Walter Sobchak [John Goodman in The Big Lebowsky]


Yes! Yes indeed.

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Pine City Hotel Bowling Center


2/F, 8 Dong'an Lu, near Zhaojiabang Lu View ListingTaxi Printout

Year Opened: 1997
The Stats: Ten lanes -- all in pristine condition.



Shoe Sizes: 34 to 48 (Note: All shoes sizes with this article are in Euro.)
Prices: 10rmb to 25rmb per set; 12pm-9pm, daily.
F&B: Bevies from 5rmb to 15rmb.



The Vibe: Like a salty bingo hall. In addition to the main event, Pine City Hotel Bowling Center also hosts ping pong, billiards, and dancing, all for a very ornery group of Chinese veteran cadre members (老干部). It's open to the public but there's no question who's running the show here.

So, yeah, great for chilling with the elderly and learning about the founding of the PRC between sets. Be warned: Some of them get a little grumpy because this is their hang-out. No photos of them without asking. Or you can do a sneaky snap like I did and get asked to delete it post haste by a super pissed grandpa.

This is our number one recommendation because the thought of funneling a few hundred SmartShanghai readers their way fills us with no small amount of delight.





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Hao's Bowling


128 Zhaojiabang Lu, near Ruijin Nan Lu View ListingTaxi Printout

Year Opened: September, 2015
The Sitch: 24 lanes, four mini lanes for kids.



Shoe Sizes: 28 to 50
Prices: 25rmb to 45rmb per set, daily. Runs: 9am-12.30pm. Special deals: Free from 9am-12pm on Mondays, reservation is required.
F&B: 8rmb to 25rmb for beverages; 18rmb for a pint of Qingdao draft beer. Coffee, tea, and soda on offer. You can bring food to the game but not drinks.



The Vibe: Chinese families are the regulars here since they have the four mini lanes for kids decorated with cartoons and things. 40% expats on weekends, though, because it's got a pretty good location right inside the Luwan Sport Center. At night it turns into a night club with neon lights and other dazzling effects (and affectations.) It's the newest and biggest bowling spot in Shanghai -- 24 lanes -- and even has a nice patio. Thumbs up.



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DJbo (Ding Jie Bowling Center)


Yuanshen Stadium, Gate 3, 1458 Zhangyang Lu, near Yuan... View ListingTaxi Printout

Year Opened: 2009
The Deets: 20 lanes with two mini lanes for kids. This is the only place that has a professional PBA bowling player on staff, doing technical maintenance on the bowling equipment. Here he is.



Shoe Sizes: 31 to 49
Prices 15rmb to 30rmb per set, daily. Runs 9am to 11pm.
F&B: 5rmb 15rmb for beverages and 10rmb to 20rmb for the snacks. You can bring food but not drinks.



The Vibe: It's all about professional and serious athletes here, and it even shares a complex with Yao Ming's own official basketball club upstairs. Expats and overseas students from the area are their regulars. They've also got the neon lights vibe at night but it's a little more subdued. Good service. Professionally run. Go play billiards if you get bored of playing bowing; they've got six tables for that.

Here's the famous people that they ambushed for their support.





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Orden Bowling Center


10 Hengshan Lu, near Gao'an Lu View ListingTaxi Printout

Year Opened: 1996 -- big year for bowling alleys.
The Stats: 16 very spiffy lanes. The staff was busy at work keeping them in good condition.



Shoe Sizes: 32 to 50
Prices: 18rmb to 40rmb per set, daily. They're open 24 hours.
F&B: 10rmb to 25rmb for drinks; Chinese snacks at around 25rmb. You're not allow to bring your own food but they'll order in for you and charge you a 15% service fee.



The Vibe: This one's the well-known one to expats who roll. It's that one that's been there forever on Hengshan Lu. You've seen it. Inside, expect a hodge-podge of the foreigns, the families, and the lone local bowlers, depending on when you go. They never ever close. In addition to the bowling they've got the claw machines, eight pool tables, and a few arcade games. Good location. Does the job.





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Huangpu Workers Stadium Bowling Center


2/F, 1288 Waima Lu, near Nanpu Bridge View ListingTaxi Printout

Year Opened: 2013
Stats: Six lanes; it's small but everything is well organized and in good condition.



Shoe Sizes: 33 to 47
Prices: 12rmb to 20rmb per set, daily. Runs 10am-10pm.
F&B: No rules to the F&B. You can bring food and drinks to stay alive, stay lit, and bowl.



The Vibe: It's a government-owned blowing center located inside of Huangpu Worker's stadium by the Cool Docks. Apart from the BYOB bonus, it's good for people in the area really. They've also got ping pong and billiards, like everyone else. Not many expats know about this tiny bowling room inside the stadium -- secret bowling anyone?

This one's more for companies renting it out for team building or dedicated parties. It costs 1,500rmb/hour to do that. They don't do the neon lights, but it's clean and neat.



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Bund Bowl


B1/F, 575 Zhongshan Dong Er Lu, near Dongmen Lu View ListingTaxi Printout

Year Opened: June 2016
The Deal:: Six lanes, brand spanking new.



Shoe Sizes: 10 to 47
Prices: 30rmb per set during their soft opening til July 31. 60rmb per set after that, daily. Runs 9am to 12am.
F&B: Soft drinks are 10rmb to 35rmb; Qingdao draft beer is 30rmb; cocktails are 50rmb to 65rmb. Burgers and pasta dishes are between 30rmb and 65rmb. You are definitely not allowed to bring your own food and beverages.



The Vibe: It's the pimping-est bowling alley in the city, and the prices reflect that. They've got cocktails. They're the only ones with cocktails. Japanese-style cocktails, no less.

Located under the Bund Sightseeing Tunnel and right next to the Indigo Hotel, here's Bund Bowl, putting a Bund-ish spin on the sport (and art) of bowling. It serves American-style food, has a fully stocked bar, and employs a chef that used to work at Shangri-la and Three on the Bund. It looks like a club too. Didn't check, but the Tindr game here is probably pretty solid.

Never change, Shanghai. Bowl HARD.



4 comments.

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  • 10 months ago Granddaddy X Unverified User

    GoaDian next to Hongkou Football Stadium has about 24 really nice lanes, in a massive complex that also hosts a well-fitted billiards hall on the first floor and KTV on the floors above.

    They have a plaque citing this venue as the host of 200? Special Olympics. Nice lanes!

  • 10 months ago Unverified User

    hey Pendajo ~ You pull that shit with me…and flash your piece out on the lanes, I'll take it away from you, stick it up your ass and pull the trigger until it goes…click…nobody fucks with the Jesus!

  • 10 months ago TSkillet

    I was going to add Granddaddy X's recommendation. My buddies were also smoking spliffs inside while rolling.

    This ain't Nam, there are rules. Mark it zero!

  • 10 months ago handoogies

    Taiwanese were the first Shanghai expats, and opened up a slew of bowling alleys in the early-mid 90s. Competition ultimately cannibalized each other's business, and they shut down in droves before Y2K.

    This is what happens when you fuck a stranger in the ass.

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