Star Lanes Polaris

Boutique alley offers much more than bowling

Bowling used to be an activity all its own with not much else to spare. You’d show up to an alley ready to bowl, request your clown-like shoes, select a black ball, maybe order some nachos and a Coke, and then desperately try to break a score of 100.

But “boutique” bowling alleys, such as Star Lanes Polaris in Columbus, have changed the notion of traditional bowing and transformed alleys into playful destinations with new entertainment options and full-service restaurants.

Star Lanes, which opened in 2012, is a 35,000 square-foot fun center located near Polaris Fashion Place at 8655 Lyra Dr. What makes it a boutique alley is that the space designated to bowling is relatively small compared to the rest of the venue – just 20 lanes.

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You also won’t find a snack counter here. Instead, the Point Bar & Grill offers made-from-scratch meals including skewered coconut shrimp, grilled veggie tacos with fresh guacamole, and an assortment of craft beers and wines by the glass.

The kid’s menu includes classics such as cheese pizza, quesadillas, mac and cheese, and chicken bites, as well as a roasted turkey sandwich and a Caesar salad. (On Wednesday nights, kids eat free with the purchase of a regular-priced adult meal.)

Along with a sit-down restaurant, meals can be served alongside your alley, outfitted with comfortable couches and a selection of colorful bowling balls. Keeping score is kitschy, too, as you can reset the monitor theme and program gutter bumpers to seamlessly pop up and down in between turns.

Star Lanes also offers an upscale lounge with billiards tables and a DJ booth. Plus it has an arcade, where players can win e-tickets redeemable for an assortment of prizes. There’s even space for private parties.

For more information, visit or call 614-468-4830.

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