Reviews of The Alley (Bowling Alley)

131 Columbus St, Charleston, SC 29403, United States

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REVIEWS OF The Alley IN South Carolina

KC Hazelwood

A gem hidden in downtown!

Ann Wright

Bowling, food, games and drinks! Fun time!

Amy Brennan

Great happy hour! Also, a good place to watch sports with very friendly staff.

Gayle Wheeler

Service and food were great. Thanks for taking care of us on a busy Friday afternoon!

Anika Hughes

It was an amazing place to go and play. I haven't been bowling in so long. Great shoot to bowl and drink.

Jen Hawkins

Amazing food and a great time!! Lots of fun!

Надя Румянцева

Great place fore party, great food! But at weekends you may not found free parking there but it’s still great place!

Valery Neiman

Fun place to bowl with friends and great for corporate parties!

Keith Ingram

Fun night bowling and snacking on good food.

John Veyera

Fun, good drinks and lots to do! :)

Jennifer McMahon

This place is really cool, the food was awesome & the arcade games were a blast!!! Definitely would revisit

Cameron Griggs

Cool place to relax

Kevin Nofsinger

Went just to bowl with the wife and kids and discovered their FOOD is really quite good! You might not want to eat AND bowl at the same time though since you pay by-the -hour rather than by-the-game. Great selection of beers too!

Joel Benjamin

Great bowling alley with old school video games as well I enjoyed it very much

Andrew Hanold

Came with a work group for a celebration. Had a great time. Food was good. Moscow Mules were good. Bowling was good.

Joshua Coleman

The name is very deceiving. This is less an alley with a bar - and more a bar with a few lanes. It's a great location for large pay-per-view and Major League Sports. They have a horrible policy of allowing you to check into lanes and then leave the premise as long as you stay on the peninsula. This makes the weight for a lane on the weekends reach up to a couple hours wait. This is definitely a place to go and drink and get food elsewhere. While having all the standard bar food offerings, they don't stand out in any way.

Aaron Rolston

I love this place ! I want to live there !

John Reyes

Atmosphere was was awesome, gotta try the loaded tots! The service we had at the bar tables was awesome. Unfortunately the server we had on the lanes was terrible. That's the only reason for the lost star.

Johnathan Siebert

I love this place so much. The vibe is great, the prices are great, the bowling is great, the games are great, the people are great, the food is great, and the tater tots are better than life itself. If you’re reading reviews trying to figure out where to go - stop reading and come here. It’s pretty great.

Ashley Arnsdorff

Great atmosphere and food. Fun time.

Kylie Williams

Good food and fun bowling

Kelly A. Calhoun

Um...well...finding somewhere apt to watch the NHL playoffs in Charleston seemed to be like looking for a needle in a haystack so we were elated to find this place! Huge TV's too for your game viewing pleasure. They had a killer Happy Hour. PS -... they also have bowling! Def want to check out one of their Fantasy Football parties soon.

Illegal Wanderer

Bowling is good, but rest of the experience was quite mediocre. Hoops machines don't work well, balls are deflated and get stuck constantly. Skee ball machine is.... Disgusting... Arcade selection is poor. Also only have angry orchard for cider choices when there are great local options they could be serving. Will not be back anytime soon.

Crystal Staton

Good times great atmosphere good food. Shawn GM is awesome great customer service


Favorite spot. Great staff and friends

erik ellrich

This place is horrible. The drinks are super expensive, and the food isn't great. The wait is too long for bowling and I waited three hours to bowl just to be told that we had to wait until 11 after being told to wait until 9 prior. The manager is disrespectful, and wouldn't help us out all. I would not recommend the place.

cody kadish

Awesome place for our holiday party

Mary M

The staff here went out of their way to make sure our 12 year old had an amazing birthday on an extremely busy evening. The manager, hostess, and our server were all amazing. I don't have their names but we were very very impressed. Highly recommend.

Kristie Love

This was my first time here, due to a company department function. Awesome experience! Dynamic food, great service and lots of fun! Will definitely return.

Ross Bower

Good place. Lots to do. Only a few lanes.


Small, smalllll bowling alley

Alex Brule

For some retro bowling and great food no place is better

megan crews

Best dang burgers, tator tots, nachos basically everything on the menu is amazing!!! Best place for happy hour the prices you can’t beat!!! Perfect place for birthday parties, rehearsal dinners, corporate events and one awesome place to go after you get married to continue the party!!

Sarah Martinez

Such a fun atmosphere! We went Friday afternoon with the kids and bowled, played video games, and ordered appetizers. We all loved it!

Viet Huynh

Nice place for easy eats, nice drinks and lots of room for activities. Sit at the bar if you enjoy fun bartenders.

Maribel Vazquez

This place is so much fun! Giving me all the retro feels. It is not only a bowling alley, as the name clearly states. It is also an arcade. I am talking, retro-90s, good-'ol-days, terrible-graphics, arcade games. It is a great place to wind down, play some quarter and two quarter games, while grabbing some food. Kitchen closes late-ish so it is a great place to stop by after hanging out for a while.

Stephanie Orlando

Great place. Plenty of room & seating. Will be back!

Zoia Wilhelm

There are gangsters that sit in parked cars in front of The Alley. It's super sketchy. Beware. A friend of mine got beaten up by three of them. One of them was a bartender at the alley that served him drinks. He ended up in the hospital because of a knockout punch from one of the gangsters. They left before the cops arrived.

Steve McIntyre

Lots of room. Great video games. The food was really good for bar food. The bowling alley was somewhat small but it has really fun atmosphere.

Mara Blagojevic

Always a great time bowling here!! Clean, friendly, lots of fun.

Kevin Welsh

Cool place. 8 lanes for bowling, great food and amazing arcade games.

Dwight Moffett

Good mix of the bar crowd and the lanes.

Aaron Cohen

Always a fun time, great for sports and fun... Have run into a couple celebrities here before.

Keith Woodward

Games. Food. Booze. Gun lively , noisy place. Cool location. Cool vibes.

michael arnett

Pretty good food, but better environment. Fun for all, and a great date spot

kerri varney

Fun place to place some cheap games and have a beer.

Brad W

This place was the highlight of our babymoon I. Charelston. It was a little bit on the pricey side. But the retro feel was executed perfectly including the music. Very friendly staff. Large bar. There wasn't too. Many lanes so I could imagine there is a wait at peak times. There was no wait for us o a Sunday evening.

Jillian Piesco

Loved the vibe here. Great music and great staff. Just had some drinks and fried Oreos at the bar.. good cocktails!

a. barker

Get local vibe place.....with bowling. Lots too do.

Robynn Millar

Waited to bowl for over 2 hours, spent $$ on food, drinks and games and NEVER got to bowl. Ridiculous. We were told there would be an hour and a half wait which was fine, but then we were told it would be another hour to bowl after the initial time. Crazy. They should maybe learn to schedule better. Won’t be back.

Michael Sharples

Great joint for a team builder. Plenty to do, plenty to eat.

Anthony Maiorana

This place was awesome. I had a great time bowling here. I was with a big group and we were occupying two lanes. It was easy to get tons of beer served to us as well as shots. One of the more fun things I've done in Charleston. Definitely worth booking a lane if you have time. Didn't eat here but it looked ok.

Sarah Perlitz

Super fun place to go with friends downtown! Very cool vibe here. We had a blast!

Michael Kennerly

Some of the best tater tots that I have ever had. Reasonable prices for drinks, food and the lanes.

Derek Nimmons

awesome atmosphere great food

Breona Allen

Had an amazing time! Food was absolutely delicious

Bryan Piard

We had this place for a private event and it was so much fun. Great food and just had a blast. Staff was super nice and always had what wanted without a wait. Never been during a normal open day but I wouldn't think twice about going or planning a get together there.

Rex Ferrer

Always a fun time.


Great service, food, great happy hour prices and an awesome place to watch football and bowl!

Michael Murphy

Best taters east of the Mississippi. And West of the Mississippi.

Justine Zinter

Games on games on games, something to do for everyone. Hoop fever, arcade games, bowling and sports TVs.

Myrtle Vaughn

Had a fun time here

tye block

Fun place with suprisingly good food and lical craft beer. The music selection needs serious help. It would be the first thing I would remedy.

Terry King

A fun little bowling alley, family friendly

Robert Beauvais

What a fun time we had. We haven't bowled in sometime. Everything about this place was fun. Great experience had by all. Keep up the good work! Bobby B.

Willy Williams

Fun, and good food. We took our kids here and all of us had a great time. We all liked the food as well. We will be back.

Caroline Johnson Falin

My husband and I sat here with our friends for 2 hours after calling and walking up to the bowling counter asking to bowl. She said 9pm. We spent over $100 on food & drink, only to be told that we couldn’t bowl until after 11pm. We got here at 6pm and called before that. We kindly asked to speak to the manager, who was incredibly rude saying that IT WAS OUR FAULT that we didn’t leave a name and number to the bowling receptionist. How were we supposed to do that when she didn’t even ask for it?!! Do NOT eat here planning to bowl and pay for outrageously drink prices UNLESS you give your number to a receptionist who DOESNT ask for it. DO NOT COME HERE. WASTE OF MONEY.

Harrison Dahabi

I normally love this place, just be sure to call ahead and make sure the bowling alley is open, last time we called and they were open however they forgot to inform us the actual bowling alley was closed till midnight for a league game. But other than that this place is great

Shreyansh Gaur

Fun place to hang out with friends. Bowling , drinks, games and a fun atmosphere. Plus there are plenty of parking spots within walking distance.

Matt Miles

Great place for drinks and bowling. There is typically a wait since there are only so many lanes, but it's worth it. In the meantime, you can play some arcade games or watch some football on the big screen.

Andrew Cutchins

The bowling is a bit pricey at $35 per hour, but the arcade is good fun!

Ryan C

Great food (appetizers were great), waffle and pulled pork sliders was awesome. Bruschetta/avocado toast also really good. Food was out within 5 minutes. Staff awesome. Games were fun, they have off road racer, use the blue or red truck, yellow steering wheel doesn't work.

Margie Nguyen

Fun place with bowling, video games, basket ball, skiball and food.

Kirstie Fellenbaum

The food here was delicious. Lanes were good. Music was terrible but the service was fantastic so overall it was pretty great.

Amanda Geiger

We love this place. The prices are a little higher than others. You pay for what you get. Good spinach dip. Great peanuts. Fast service. Friendly atmosphere.

Mrs. Purrfection

Reasonably priced and was lovely being there. The staff was very nice and I will definitely be coming back.

Bridget Blackburn

I am a vegan and they have an absolutely amazing vegan black bean quinoa sandwich. Of course the bowling was fun too. I was with a group so I don't know about pricing. But I am beyond pleased with the vegan option.

Peter Farrell

Decent food. Fun atmosphere.

Steven Surface

Very hip joint, nice staff

Rob Malilay

Nice small place to hang out and get some food.

Dc Gator

Great specials, only bowling alley dt, old school video games including SkeeBall, good bar food

Amanda Szwarc

A great place on the peninsula for a fun time. Have gone for work events quite a few times and always have a blast! The food is also pretty awesome: get the tots.

Steve Dodson

Enjoyed a nice cool refreshing beverage, Very tasty.

Dawn Johnson

The food was amazing and very well priced. Lanes were a little pricey. We had younger children and it was lunchtime. At that point in the day it was family & kid friendly for all.

meridith barnola

Good burgers, video games and bowling.

James Nguyen

Really fun area that will keep a big group entertained

George Murray

Cool Venue.

MeCole Grant-Martinez

It is ok. Not really much of a menu or games for the family. But overall its pretty ok.

Patrick Kennedy Perkinson

Great spot for beer, some skeeball, bowling and chilaxin with friends. Can get a little loud I guess, but the food and drinks are on point

lant holiday

Great food, friendly atmosphere, and good prices.

Corwin Rivers

Fun Crowd

Joshua Rainwater

With a great choice in games, The Alley won my heart. Plus, there is always a beer I want on their list and it's very easy to get lost in the fun.

king Lucifer

Always a good time at The Alley never get bored

Helena Burkey

Great place to go bowling downtown! Awesome vintage games, great drinks and good food! So looking for a fun date night or a group outing, this is the place!

Jenny Cheek

Best tots appetizer in Charleston. Don't even bother challenging me on this fact. Excellent place for a date, for a wedding party, for the fam to have fun, get your drink on, have some amazing food...

Stephanie Smith

Went for happy hour on a running around, really loud, happy hour specials aren't much to write home about either. Disappointing

Carolina Spa Guy

Great deal $35 for 6 people to bowl for an hour... Kids loved it.

Samuel Rawluszki

Good spot for a beer and some bar food.

Charles Shoe

Awesome bowling in downtown. Really appreciate that they have pinball and a couple of old school arcade games. Some fun comfort foods like the tater tots. Parking spots are down the street which is a real plus.

James Evans

The Alley is a key establishment. The food is higher quality than you would expect at a bowling alley, and the relaxed environment is unique and fun.

Brandi Devore

Staff was really helpful, there are alot of games and entertainment options. They have three pinball machines including the new monster bash and iron maiden. The pinball games were $1 per game or 3 balls. The bartender was friendly and helpful as well. Also, the location is super convenient to King street.

Jon Andrews

They had SF2, the greatest video game ever so that elevated my opinion immediately. Cool vibe, didn't eat or bowl but would come back. Should make the games 1 quarter or better yet free. Would likely increase the drink turnover.

Steven Lowry

Awesome place! Will definitely be going back!

Hayley Montgomery

We had a surprise party for my mom here and the staff is fantastic! It is such a kid and adult friendly atmosphere! Will definitely go back! The food is gorgeous and delicious!♡

Zachary Salter

Good food and cheap beer

Jene Gilchrist

The Alley isn't just a bowling alley! It's a gathering space to meet people, host an event like the Allure Fashion Show which was a huge success as the BEST Charleston Fashion Week Pre Party. The girls of Sauceadelic Designs hit it out of the Alley with their Festival wear designs and The Alley was packed!

Ethan Pruitt

Good drinks and games. Bowling is fun but the bowling area is a bit tight for bigger groups of people

Abraham Silva

It was pretty great the arcade machines were very fun and brought up a striking nostalgia it looks like it would be a really fun place to go on a saturday night

Jim Dixon

Great bowling, great food.

Michael Sampson, Jr

Big group of friends came here last weekend. Bartender Erica was awesome. We had a great time!

Mike Hancho

Great sports pub with video games and bowing alley. Daily food and beer specials are great. The classic burger was great and the tater tots were money.

Heather W

Horribly over priced for bowling.

Carla Nazario

Edit: went from 2 stars to 4 stars due to the general manager reaching out to me about my concerns. They do close the lanes at 1 due to maintenance, just wish they put it in the website. We will go again, but earlier and will edit as necessary. Original: My husband and I came here to bowl on a Tuesday night. It's obviously a bit busier since there is the $2 bowl special. I had never been here before, and since we didn't know, we showed up a bit late. We arrived at 10.45 and they told us there was a wait. We figured, well it's normal, we waited until 12.15 to start bowling. We paid for two games since the lady wouldn't let us pay for more than two. Reminder, it's just two of us. We played the two games and at 12.40 we go ask for 2 more games, to which she tells us no because that was the last game because they are closing the lanes. I asked her why since they are open until two. She turned to me and said that it's only the bar. The lanes are only open until 1. We waited an hour and a half to play for less than 30 minutes! If I would've known we wouldn't have stayed!!! Nowhere in their website is this announced and I feel robbed of my time and angry since it was my husband's and mines only date night in the month. On the pros of this place, the bar is pretty nice and they have a ping pong table on the outside, which we used to occupy our time.

Wes Bishop

We booked our daughters 7th birthday at the Alley this year and could not be more pleased with the food, the atmosphere and most of all, the service. The staff went above and beyond to make everyone happy and make our daughters special day one for the ages! Thanks so much to everyone at the Alley for a wonderful day!

Chucktown Graffiti Limo

Lots of fun! Good bar foods!

Kenyatta Williams

Awesome place! Great appetizers...I can send my guests and come to enjoy myself.

Shauna Ferrese

My favorite adult party spot, great food and drinks.

Jeff Sample

Fun selection of retro video games, pinball, and skeeball. Bowling alley is small and can be hard to get a lane on busy nights. Good number and location of TVs for game watching. Food is very average (but ok for bar fare) and I am not a fan of their tater tots over french fries hard-line stance. Wish the arcade section was larger as well.

Bobbie Slater

Great place to hang out and have a good time with friends. Great prices. Parking is terrible. Would suggest using Uber to get to this place.

Christopher Eles

Wish we could have bowled, it was q three hour wait but the food is great.

Ginger Sottile

Great place for watching games!

Blake Weisel

Excellent food, friendly staff & owners. A great place to watch a game or hang out with friends.

kaitlind glancy

If you want to wait 2 hrs to be told you have to wait another 2hrs to bowl this is the place for you. If not take your money else where. The manager was so rude about the whole situation and completely blamed us for what happened. The worst customer service ever.

Emilia Dapena

Fun,classy and for all ages


I arrived at the Alley this morning at 11am when advertised opening was scheduled. I was greeted by a sign that read there would be a delay in opening until 12 due to the weather. While standing in the lobby trying to make alternate plans with the rest of my group I had contact with about 4 Alley employees all who informed me they were not open til 12. I returned at 11:55 with my two year old and a friend who had 3 children with her. We were then informed that all lanes were booked until 4:30 (This could have been disclosed when I was standing in the lobby an hour earlier). We asked if there was a way we could wait if there was a cancelation and were told no all reservations were confirmed. At 12:15 only one lane was in use. At 12:30 three lanes were in use. The young children would have been done bowling if we had been permitted to start at 12 and leave when the reserved parties arrived. The children played arcade games and finally around 12:30 we sat to eat. It took over an hour for our food to arrive (including appetizers). It was overall a very disappointing experience that lacked any kind of customer service

Bob Brennaman

Cool retro setup. Lots of TVs for ball games. Would go back

Jeff Crowe

The Alley is an original and local spot Charleston is lucky to have. Everything about this place is so well done. The room is spacious, comfortable, and full of things to do. Staff is always friendly and attentive. The Alley recently hosted a group event for me and I was blown away by the Alley's event planner Lucy McNerney. Her professionalism and attention to detail was truly on another level. Every request I had was taken care of perfectly and she did everything was such a friendly attitude. If you are looking for a place with fun activities (bowling, arcade games), killer food, and the biggest TV's in town, The Alley is a no brainer.

Steven Watford

In my best valley girl voice. "Ugh its league night every Monday. No lanes will be open until 11:00 pm, ugh. I mean it's on the calendar on our website."

Will Freeland

Great place to relive old times with arcade games supplemented with a nicely stocked bar. Cheef is the best!

Aisha Long

Great place for quick drinks and fun, but closed early.

Steve Horton

Good food, beer selection and games. The alley's are very fast!

Dr. Dan

Fun place....good service and reasonable prices. Bowling alley has 8 lanes and separated from main club area a bit....which is nice. Also has lots of cool old school arcade and video games. Good happy hour prices that vary daily.

Zenaida Nettles

Very small place more for adults and not young kids . So if you have kids dont go here.

Jack Nunziato

Cool spot with arcade games and a bowling alley! I really like the beer selection and I think the wings are great.

John Thomas

This place had great healthy food. You would never know it was there if someone did not tell you. Great atmosphere.

julie gibbes

Great service, good food and drinks. Can get very crowded but having other games besides bowling allows for things to do and make waits seem shorter. Staff are friendly and helpful. Bowling setup is more spacious than meets the eye.

Benjamin Runion

Cheef is the man!!! Best bartender!

David Newman

Great bowling!! Fun atmosphere but the food took a little while to get us. Not a problem though because there’s plenty to keep the whole family entertained!

Rob H

Great place to watch a football game or just have dinner or play video games or, of course go bowling. The wait staff here are great and keep up with you. Saturday night was fun and didn't even need a reservation for a bowling lane.

Brian Lee

Just joined a bowling league here and it is a blast! The facility is great, drinks are great and the bowling alleys are excellent!

Mark Keene

Private event held here. Amazing catering staff and great venue for a company outing.

jeff phillips

Great place to go for a birthday party

Mike Robinson

Fun arcade games.

Sarah Jenkins

Great Atmosphere! Good fun! Only complaint is its very hard to get a bowling lane during busy times, so go early!

Shawn South

Had so much fun here the other night. Perfect spot to go and have a night out with friends and grab a drink.

Caroline Staley

Love this place! Fun for all ages. Make sure to reserve your lane ahead of time though. Food is pretty decent. There is a bar and there are also arcade games.

Priscilla Johnson

I'm a mentor to a very special 3rd grade student at Mitchell Elementary school and we had field day. The Alley provided free bowling and free food for all of the students. It was an amazing day!! Thank you for giving back to the community!!!

John Delphry

Terrible management. Good food and service, but Avoid

Jamie Reetz

Cool spot to grab a beer, ordered the wings, I highly reccomend the honey habenero.

Melissa Kent

Amazing experience. Came here for a work party and had a blast. The GM Sean was super nice and made sure my group had safe transportation home. Very professional. Cant wait until our next visit here!

Marty Bost

Good food.

Tra Kingson

It was fun good vibes and local but......... Whatever they did to the food was a no go everything looked good af until it decided to have me up at 3 to 6am dieing

Kalpesh Malpani

A good place to hangout with friends. Only few lanes available. Long waiting hours on Friday nights, plan ahead!

Taneisha Johnson

Grest food here. Family friendly place! Only 8 lanes though. Still an enjoyable place!

Amir Reza Sedigh Haghighat

Food was okey and kitchen was closed way before the bowling was over. Fortunately was able to grab a pizza from outside and bring it in and no body stopped us.

Jill Beauvais

We had so much fun playing hoop fever and bowling. A great afternoon!

jack burns

I have gone on Tuesday's at 9:00 p.m. for the $2 per game bowling with no problems. I am usually in and out in 30 minutes. Tonight I got there a few minutes after 9:00pm and was told its an hour and half wait. The funny thing is half the lanes were open. The food has been mediocre my past few trips also. The service is a little conceited as well. The staff is too busy having social hour rather than actually serving. The bartender Rose did not know how to make a whiskey fizz either. I want to like this place more but its always lacking. Luckily they have 2 good pinball machines right now.

LeeAnne Quattropani

College hangout. Full bar. Bowling and a few retro arcade games.

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