Atomic Duckpin Bowling

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1105 Prospect Street, Indianapolis, IN, USA

Atomic Duckpin Bowling Indianapolis Reviews

vances vances
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Please feel free, to pin this on me Apr 11, 2015
Your first question is likely to be “what the heck are duckpins?” Well, they are miniature bowling pins which you try to gun down with a miniature bowling ball – one that is roughly the size of a soft ball with no finger holes in it. It was fairly popular along the east coast of the USA in the 1920’s, with a single geographical exception opening up in Indianapolis around 1928. Subsequently closed in 1957, the business was resurrected in 1993 and has been on a roll ever since.

It is great fun if you do manage to pin down a place to enjoy the pastime. Much, much harder to convert a strike or spare than in regular ten pin bowling, you are allowed three rolls each frame (though you only get ten pins if you finish knocking everything down with your last roll). Atomic serves the sport up quite well. There are two separate alleys within the grand old Fountain Square Theater Building, with the one on the fourth floor additionally featuring several pool tables (bars are in both alleys).

The three of us had a blast, although the highest score out of the nine games we rolled was only 84. Part of the fun is that everybody sucks so nobody dominates. The funniest part was how badly the duckpins wobbled after the reset bar returns everything to the lane. At first I believed there would be bonus pins falling over from re-racks, but the opposite was true – not one pin ever tumbled after a re-rack, but occasionally there would be one or two pins being returned that had been struck down by the last roll!

Unlike regular ten pin, there is no reverence for the lanes (they offer bowling shoes for no charge, but they are not required and only Laura accepted some because she had boots with heels on). Everybody on the lanes around us was having great fun and the family with small children beside us marched halfway down the lane several times so the kids could launch from close range!

You rent a lane by the hour, with an informal limit of six people (because with that many folks it takes about an hour to roll one game). I think an hour is perfect. Truly good times, but I suspect things would grow dull if you continued, so I suggest you split after an hour. Parties are a favorite here, and your affair may be catered with food. You can spare no expense and even toss in an open bar for your gang. Something you have to try at least once, and you may like it so much you decide to strike again.
One of the warning signs you have …
Looks like a classic ten pin alley…
Lots of vintage bowling memorabili…
And let's not forget the bar!
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vances says:
I like the way you frame your thoughts, May!

Posted on: Nov 02, 2015
cotton_foam says:
It striked interest to me at least! :))
Posted on: Nov 01, 2015
vances says:
Lauro - duckpins is your game then...because EVERYBODY sucks!!!

Posted on: Apr 18, 2015
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