There’s yet another petition doing the rounds on Facebook, and this time it’s Rowans Bowling Alley in Finsbury Park that’s under threat. After some googling and calling around, we can’t seem to find out any more about the plan to destroy Rowan’s but we thought it was a good excuse as any to celebrate this brilliant north London bowling alley.
Not only did I have a birthday party there as a child (yes, that actually happened), but I have been a recently and it’s still as great as ever. Here’s five reasons why:
It’s worth going to Rowans for the decor alone. There are buzzing red neon signs with the names of American cities, a hunky mannequin riding a motorbike on the staircase and so much other kitsch Americana that you’ll feel like you’ve been transported into a indie teen film.
You may already be familiar with The Dude from ‘The Big Lebowski’, but no one bowls quite like The Legend. He’s a Rowans regular who I have seen smashing down pins on numerous occasions. He even has a special handshake for every time he gets a strike. What a guy.
Pay your £1 entry fee just to visit the arcade. Last time I went I had more of a workout than going to the gym just by shooting hoops on the basketball machines and hopping about like an idiot on the ‘Dance Dance Revolution’ game. Or if arcades aren’t your bag, there’s also pool tables, a karaoke booth and a dance floor full of grinding teens on a Saturday night.
Boozy slushie drinks
Yep, you read that right. There’s a whirring machine making red and blue old school slushies. Get a mix of the two, add shot of your favourite booze and you’ll be bowling like The Legend in no time.
What could be better than the Rowans special platter of fried finger foods? The fact that they allow you to order in Domino’s pizza and bring it to you at your lane. Night sorted.