Say you’re looking for something to do besides hitting the usual nightspots. Or it’s a rainy day and you want to have some indoor fun. Bowling, that ancient sport not normally associated with Hong Kong, is a good option.
Though not very conspicuous, there are several major bowling alleys scattered around town. There’s even a well stocked pro shop hidden down a sleepy side street in Causeway Bay. Do you know which top Hong Kong singer / actor is also a famous bowler?
If you guessed Andy Lau, you are correct!
Many private clubs offer bowling including the Yacht Club in Causeway Bay, the Aberdeen Marina Club, the Ladies Recreation Club in Mid-Levels, and certain apartment complexes. The following are a few public-friendly places to bowl around the city.
My first time bowling in Hong Kong was at the South China Athletic Association. They have a whopping 60 lanes! The SCAA’s convenient location near Causeway Bay and Happy Valley makes it a good spot when you decide to go bowling on a whim. It’s slightly hidden on Caroline Hill Road, not a place where most people travel. Though there is a membership required to bowl, it’s only a nominal fee to join for a year. Have a look at the SCAA website for more information.[photopress:Bowling_Hong_Kong_SCAA.jpg,full,pp_image]
I’ve been told the place used to be a hot spot in Hong Kong in the 70’s and 80’s. Back then the bowling complex even had an adjacent room filled with video game machines! Judging by the amazing sticker collection on the old lockers, I’d have to agree that the place was special. In addition to a Charles Bronson sticker circa Death Wish, my friend also spotted a New York Cosmos sticker. Now that’s extraordinary beyond belief! (For those of you who don’t know, the New York Cosmos were an amazing soccer team put together with superstars from all over the world, including Pele (the greatest player ever,) during the 1970’s!)[photopress:Bowling_locker_sticker.jpg,full,pp_image]
A newer bowling facility, conveniently located at the Olympic stop on the Tung Chung MTR line is housed inside the Olympian City 2 shopping mall. I’ve heard that the place even offers Disco bowling. I’ll be there to inspect first hand soon!
Another large modern bowling alley is located in Kowloon Bay in the massive HITEC building. Called Hong Kong Bowling City, the sprawling complex occupies a one time rave party venue. The concert hall where the Bape Heads World Tour took place is just upstairs.
Near the UA cinema complex in Hung Hom is Thunder Bowl. I’ve walked by the place a few years ago, but never went down to inspect. It’s located in the Whampoa area of Hung Hom just across from the gigantic boat. (If you haven’t been there, it’s worth a look!)
There are several other bowling facilities in New Territories and parts of Kowloon. I haven’t been to these, but I’ll list the addresses for reference purposes. I’d suggest calling before heading to any of these to check their hours of operation. If you’re hardcore and are interested in owning your own ball, I’ve listed the address of the A-One Pro-shop as well.[photopress:Bowling_Hong_Kong_store.jpg,full,pp_image]
SCAA Bowling Centre
88 Caroline Hill Road
(near Causeway Bay and Happy Valley)
Olympian City Super Fun Bowl
Shop 148, 1/F, Olympian City 2, 18
Hoi Ting Road West, Olympic
Kowloon (on the MTR line, take exit D3)
10:00-01:00 (Mon-Fri & Sun & Public Holidays)
Hong Kong Bowling City
Hall A, G/F, Emax,
Hong Kong International Trade & Exhibition Centre, (aka HITEC)
1 Trademart Drive, Kowloon Bay, HK
1st Basement Site 8, Whampoa Garden
Hung Hom, Kowloon
Belair Bowling Centre
Shop 4, Level 2, Phase 1
Belair Garden Shopping Arcade
52 Tai Chung Kiu Road, Shatin, N.T.
Dragon Bowling – Amoy
S154-160, 2/F, Phase 3, Amoy Plaza
77 Ngau Tau Kok Road
Kowloon, Hong Kong
Dragon Bowling – Tuen Mun
Yan Oi Tong Community & Indoor Sports Centre
2/F, 18 Kai Man Path
Tuen Mun, N.T.
Mei Foo Super Fun Bowl
1/F, 95C Broadway
Mei Foo Sun Chuen
U.S. Dacos Bowling Centre
1/F, Tuen Wan Garden
15-23 Castle Peak Road
Tsuen wan, N.T.
Bowling A-One Pro-shop
G/F No.20 Haven Street