Presidio Bowling Center + Grill

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Built in 1989 when the Presidio was still a military post, Presidio Bowling Center remains true to its mission of entertaining the "troops." Depending on the hour and day of the week, you'll be greeted by elementary-school squeals or roars from league bowlers when someone gets a ham bone (four strikes in a row).

Bowling is the essence of old-school fun, but patrons enjoy all the latest innovations, including video screens with automatic scoring, pop-up kid bumpers, and an lnternet-connected jukebox.

You don't have to rent a pair of bowling shoes to place an order at the walk up bar and grill. There you'll find most of your favorites – including, spicy chicken wings, crispy tater tots, and mini corn dogs. The burger has more than a few fans, and people have been known to come just for the curly fries. The full bar offers 50 types of beer, 19 wines, and even a white Russian – if that's how you roll.

Presidio Bowl is a popular venue for parties, which include reserved lanes, in-house catering, and a side room for celebrating the guest of honor. Classic video games – including Pac-Man – pinball machines, and a foosball table help keep the party going. Groups of six or more (21 and over, please) can request a lane-side cooler on wheels filled with 18 iced beers. The entire center can be rented for large events.

A different sort of party happens on Saturday night after 10 pm (9 pm on Sundays) – "glow in the park" bowling with black light, music videos on big screens, and a laser light show on the lanes. On weeknights, adult bowling leagues are always a party. They start up seasonally and are open to individuals and teams of all levels.

Presidio Bowling Center is located on the Main Post near the Presidio Officers' Club. If you're thinking of dropping in after work or after a weekend outing in the park, call (415) 561-BOWL (2695) to check for availability as league play and birthday parties can be lane hogs. Better yet, make a reservation – all lanes can be booked by the hour or by the game.

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