Chalet Bowl in Tacoma’s Proctor District

Chalet Bowl

Hidden in the heart of Tacoma’s Proctor District is Chalet Bowl, the longest continually operating bowling alley in Washington State. Twelve bright and shiny lanes beckon beginner and experienced bowlers alike. While the boutique facility dates back to 1941, it boasts plenty of modern-day conveniences. Each lane is equipped with a state-of-the-art scoring system, touch screen and overhead display. And the restaurant’s family-friendly menu specializes in classic fare like pizza, burgers and salads. Did we mentioned the wine, cider and craft beer on tap?

Along with league bowling, Chalet Bowl hosts Lunch and Bowl, Glow Bowling and All-You-Can Bowl, among other regular specials. The family-run alley is available for group events, fundraisers and birthday parties. It’s also the perfect place to bring your family or your date.

A family outing

Originally known as North End Alleys, Chalet Bowl hosted one of my family’s first outings in the neighborhood after we bought a home in Tacoma’s North End a decade ago. We reserved a lane on a cold winter weekday and, after a brisk walk from our nearby parking spot to the alley, stepped inside to a toasty world of fun.

My young son had never picked up a bowling ball before, and my wife and I hadn’t bowled in years. We rented three pairs of snazzy bowling shoes, ordered pizza and soft drinks and proceeded to bowl three straight games. Sure, we specialized in gutter balls and creative “technique.” But we had a memorable day. We’ve been back a few times since and consider Chalet Bowl a local treasure.

Drop on by

If you haven’t been, there’s no time like the present. Visit the alley’s website for rates, hours and specials. And then drop on by with your family and friends. Find out why Chalet Bowl continues to entertain locals and tourists year after year.

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