THE ALLEY - ESTABLISHED 1939
This is the last remaining duckpin bowling alley in Hartford. There were a dozen or more at one time. There has been a duckpin bowling alley at this location continuously since 1939. Ownership has changed from time to time but the alley remains mostly as it was. Enjoy a piece of West End history in our cozy twelve lane setting.
The alley has 12 lanes divided into 3 sets of 4 lanes with spacing between each set of lanes because of structural support pillars. This gives a degree of privacy between each set of lanes.
DUCKPINS - THE GAME
Ball weight is 3 lbs 6 oz to 3 lbs 12 oz. Ball diameter is 4.75 inches to 5.0 inches. A frame consists of 3 rolls, not just 2, and there are 10 frames per game. There are 10 pins. Small children love the manageable ball size and weight. The game is a challenge for all. No perfect game (score of 300) has ever been rolled in sanctioned league play (highest ever is 279). The very best duckpin bowlers average in the 150's. Expect to score about 60 to 65% of your big ball average.
BEER and WINE
We have 15 bottled beers and 4 individual bottled wines or you may bring your own beer or wine with a $10 to $20 charge. Also, you may bring your own food. A clean-up charge may apply for larger groups.
HOUSE RULES FOR BOWLING
These rules are meant for all but some are especially for children:
One bowler at a time. Others, except one adult helping a small child, stay off the wooden approach.
No touching the returning balls until they come to a full stop. A returning ball can give a small finger a painful injury.
Throw the ball just before the foul line (black line). This greatly reduces the number of wild throws.
The ball must stay below waist level after release. No overhead or sidearm throws.
Press the reset button after your turn is over. Press the deadwood button (sweeps away fallen pins) after throw that leaves downed pins.
No running or climbing.