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Photo Gallery: Kings Bowl Orlando Media Preview

April 14, 2013

After being derided for decades as a middlebrow pastime for drunk dads, bowling is suddenly hot again, at least in Orlando's tourist corridor. Splitsville recently opened its lanes in Downtown Disney's defunct Virgin Megastore, and Universal is building a bowling facility into their new Cabana Bay Beach Resort. Add to that alley avalanche the Kings Bowl, opening this Monday (4/15/13) on International Drive.

I stopped by Kings during Friday's media preview to snap the following photos. As you can see, the retro-hip interior isn't anything like the Gooding's supermarket that used to occupy the building. High-end amenities include automated scoring computers, elaborate lighting, and private rooms with their own lanes. Kings is also proud of their extensive scratch-made menu and unusual alcoholic offerings.

Bar food classics like sliders and wings get upscale execution, and there are surprising choices like fish stew and steak tips; everything I sampled was excellent. Likewise the libations, like the Wonka-esque grape concoction frothing with dry ice. There are even two tables with built-in chilled beer taps for the brew equivalent of VIP bottle service.

Kings' 22 lanes will be open to the public on Monday night, then close for two days of private events before beginning regular operations. After 6pm, the facility is restricted to 21 and older only, so leave the kids at home. See their website for more information.


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  • Connor

    This is an interesting information….. Keep updating your blog. Thanks a lot for the share…. Thanks!

  • Trina

    Wow..not sure who they are marketing to…the conventioneers ?? ha ha I get no kids after 9:30 or 10pm, but 6p, ??? Interesting list of dress code no no’s,,,,
    Dress Code
    No excessively baggy clothing of any kind
    No work style boots
    No baseball caps
    No bandanas/doo rags
    No sleeveless shirts
    No bluetooth devices
    No oversized chains or pendants
    Persons wearing torn or soiled clothing may only be admitted at the discretion of Management
    No hats, clothing, jewelry or visible tattoos with profanity or objectionable art
    Sunglasses may not be worn on the premises
    All back packs and/or bags are subject to be searched by Kings staff