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This old school bowling alley has been around since long before the last decade's Maplewood revitalization. With no computerized scorekeeping system in sight, Saratoga Lanes relies on an archaic and terribly difficult skill: counting. (Who stole our abacus?!) The bowling balls are returned to users on a rickety metal track instead of being expelled sleekly from a pneumatic tube under the floor, and the seating is vinyl in '60s white, sunny yellow and sky blue. If only they'd lose the flat screens and swap the Internet jukebox for the real thing, we might have no choice but to bust out our poodle skirts, order a strawberry phosphate and make a night of it.
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This weekend we're excited about some unusual shows, including collective FarFetched's launch party and Prologue release at 2720 Cherokee and KDHX's benefit on Sunday at Saratoga Lanes. Matt Grayson w... More »
The International Bowling Museum and Hall of Fame is relocating to Texas. But bowling aficionados need not worry — Saratoga Lanes reflects the pastime at its finest. This year, in celebration of Saratoga's significance as a historic landmark, the building was added to the National Register of Historic Places. According to Lindsey Derrington of Landmarks Association of St. Louis, who prepared Saratoga's nomination, the structure was constructed in 1916 by the Maplewood Planing Mill & Stair Company to house its office, warehouse and retail space on the first floor with the second story devoted to eight bowling lanes. The lanes were remodeled between 1954 and 1956 but haven't changed much since. (Today Saratoga's the only surviving upstairs alley in town. In 1940 there were a dozen.) While you're lacing up your bowling shoes, prepare to put on your thinking cap, because Saratoga doesn't roll with computerized scoring. Yep, we're talking No. 2 pencil and paper score sheet. Just like the good Lord intended it to be.
One of the last upstairs bowling alleys, the people here are nice. No food but you can bring in your own, and Tiffany's & Jimmy John's are right around the corner. In addition to the bowling alley, there are 5 tournament size quality pool tables and a jukebox. The APA pool league plays here as well. Lots of fun
The International Bowling Museum and Hall of Fame is relocating to Texas. But bowling aficionados need not worry -- Saratoga Lanes reflects the pastime at its finest. This year, in celebration of Saratoga's significance as a historic landmark, the building was added to the National Register of Historic Places. According to Lindsey Derrington of Landmarks Association of St. Louis, who prepared Saratoga's nomination, the structure was constructed in 1916 by the Maplewood Planing Mill... More »
Tucked away old-school style on the second floor, Saratoga Lanes is not only one of the coolest places in the city to bowl, it doubles as a dynamite pool hall. You won't find any dinky quarter tables here: We're talking six full-size fields of felt. The joint's swank Art Deco interior provides more than adequate ambiance; the bar, which divides the cuers from the rollers, manages to be intimate without being claustrophobic and provides a fine vantage point from which to observe the devotees... More »
The first thing you see after climbing the flight of stairs to Saratoga Lanes is the bar. Behind it stands Mark, who promptly fills your request for shoes, pulling a pair from beneath the chilled Jägermeister machine and asking, "Are you ready for a drink?" Clearly, this is your kind of bowling alley. Opened in 1916, Saratoga Lanes is one of only a handful of second-floor bowling alleys left in the world (R.I.P. Arcade Lanes) and is the oldest alley west of the Mighty Mississip. It... More »
The tables are flat and smooth, the KSHE that roars from the sound system totally ass-rockin', the balls solid, the cues straight enough, the tips firm enough, the beer cold and the tables usually available. What more do you need from a pool joint? Centrally located Saratoga in Maplewood has it all, and while there are "nicer" places where the players are "better" and the pool takes priority over any other game (Saratoga was built for bowling, after all), the solid, blue-collar vibe of this... More »
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