Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Bowling has a long and complex history : there is evidence that people have been rolling balls at pins since 3200BCE, in Egypt. Nice to know we’re continuing a heck of a tradition here at South Bowl


A few other neat tidbits about our favorite sport : 


Modern bowling is a 10-pin game. 9-pin bowling remains outlawed in all US states except for Texas, due to the fact that it used to be associated with illegal gambling. 


Bowling balls were made of wood until 1905. The 1960s brought us the colorful polyester resin balls that we continue to use today—in between, bowling balls were simply heavy black rubber. 


The oldest written account of bowling comes to us from one of King Edward the III of England’s decrees: he banned his soldiers from bowling, so that they would focus on archery practice. 


A bowling ball only hits four pins for an “ideal” strike. Therefore, if you roll l a perfect 300 game, your ball hits as few as 48 pins. 


Not only does bowling have a rich background, it’s also a surprisingly good source of exercise : bowling burns up to 180 calories in the course of three games.  Throwing frames also works underused muscle groups, can improve your social life, and even reduce your risk of heart disease and diabetes. All-around win, if you ask us! 


Get on down to South Bowl and indulge your inner bowling nerd—if you know any more interesting bowling facts, we’d love to hear them! 


Thursday, December 8, 2016

Holiday season got you running around like crazy? Need to find your center? Channel the Dude.

Meditate on the following tenets as summed up on dudeism.com

“From what is Dudeism trying to liberate us? Thinking that’s too uptight. To what state of being is Dudeism trying to bring us: Just taking it easy, man. By what means does Dudeism attempt do this? Abiding” .It really ties your life together, man. Turns out there’s a whole religion dedicated to the Dude and his meditative ways—Dudeism has 350,000 ordained priests who ascribe to the following manifesto: 

“Sometimes you eat the bear, and, well, sometimes the bear, he eats you.”

If you feel like the bear’s eating you, roll away your holiday stress any day of the week at South Bowl, sip on White Russians, and let the hustle and bustle fade away for a while.  

Check out this Binaural beats bowling league finals track link to keep you mellow in the meantime.



Sunday, November 27, 2016

We're super excited to announce that Spring Leagues will begin in early January 2017 and teams are officially forming.

It’s time to take your bowling habit a little more seriously this year. South Bowl leagues are the perfect way to make friends, drink beer (if that's your thing), and take your bowling skills to the next level. If you didn't already know, South Bowl is home to a lot of different leagues that run throughout the week at varying times. Aside from the Mummers League and The Navy Yard League, every league is open to players of all shapes, sizes, and skill levels. 

Feel like you might not have what it takes? No worries there...if you’re not a bowling pro (yet), all our leagues have a handicap rule that make each game competitive. Sound like something you’d be into? There are 8 players in each team so start getting your squad together!

For more info and to sign up email southbowlleagues@gmail.com.

See you on the lanes! 

- The South Bowl Family


Monday, November 14, 2016




$25 Buy In (goes towards cash prize)


Ah, Thanksgiving...one of the worst holidays to be a Turkey but one of the best holidays to get a Turkey! Bowling three strikes in a row is not the easiest task but we've leveled the playing field for you during our Turkey Bowl 8 Pin No-Tap Tournament.


If you aren't an avid bowler you most likely have never heard the term "No-Tap Tournament". Let us break this down for you. No-tap bowling is a variation of bowling where players need to knock down at least a certain number of pins (rather than all 10) to count the first ball of a frame a strike. Scoring is the same as stanard bowling, except for this relaxed striking rule. In this case, the number of pins you need to knock down to get a strike is 8. Eazy peazy, right? Right.


So now you can see why we're encouraging all skill levels to come out and participate! Every one has a shot at winning the big prize! And speaking of prizes...


What's at stake?


1st Place = Winner takes all! Yep, all the money's. (The more players the bigger the pot!)

2nd place = Gift Card to South or North Bowl

3rd place = Bottle of Wild Turkey. Who wouldn't want that for Thanksgiving?

Most turkeys = Gets an Turkey! Peeps gotta eat!



Email southbowlleagues@gmail.com or give us a call 215.389.BOWL




Food and drink specials + friends and fam all night.


Again, all ages and skills levels are encouraged. Remember, everyone loves rooting for the underdog ;)




Monday, October 31, 2016

Wow guys, October was an amazing month here at South Bowl! Thank you all for gracing us with your presence and making our bowling alley so awesome. As we move into the Holiday season and the Philadelphia weather outside gets a bit frightful, our brick oven pizza and free flowing beers will be even more delightful! 

We love hosting private parties throughout the year but we're especially excited for the Holiday season as our home becomes your playground! We're looking forward to a season full of awesome corporate events, family gatherings, and private parties. Interested in booking your next event with us? Send us an email to sales@southbowlphilly.com and we'll get your party planning started!


Wednesday, October 12, 2016

We're super excited to announce that we'll be home to some South Philly Quizzo every Thursday night [9PM - 11pm] beginning on October 20th!

Two of our most stellar/hilarious employees, Shaunna and Meghan will be your hostesses every Thursday evening. Talk about hostess with the mostess...these girls are definitely in the running!

We'll be rocking out in the upstairs loft and bar area with drink specials [$1 Old Tankard Drafts + $4 City Wides] and food specials [$2 tots + half price pizzas]! 

Quizzo officially kicks off next Thursday, October 20th! Can't wait to see YOU there!





Tuesday, September 20, 2016

We are super stoked and honored to be named the best Philadelphia Bowling Alley for Philadelphia Magazine's "Best of Philly 2016" issue. 

BIG thanks to all of their readers for voting for us! Check out the other awesome winners and the full list here



Tuesday, September 20, 2016

We are super stoked and honored to be named the best Philadelphia Bowling Alley for Philadelphia Magazine's "Best of Philly 2016" issue. 

BIG thanks to all of their readers for voting for us! Check out the other awesome winners and the full list here


Monday, September 19, 2016

The Dude Hates Cancer Bowling Tournament is back THIS SATURDAY!

Every year for the past several years, we have partnered with The Dude Hates Cancer Foundation to host their Annual Bowling Tournament! The tournament is an ALL DAY event for all levels of bowlers that raises awareness and funds for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Foundation.

The Tournament is a fun and competitive way to make a REAL impact. Registration is now open for teams of 6 to 10 bowlers. We encourage you to check it out here


 Saturday, September 24 at South Bowl.

$300 gets your team of 6-10 bowlers 
3 Hours of Bowling
Free shoe rental
Free event t-shirt*
Free admission to Jackie Treehorn’s After-Party
Free tator tot bar at the event
A chance to kick cancer in the hoolies
Unlimited fun!!!!!






Friday, September 16, 2016

Hey South Philly!

We have had a rockin' Summer...especially on our outdoor roof deck! It feels like it's been one super awesome party after the next. 

We're super stoked to announce that Risky Disko (Philly DJ Duo) will be gracing our rooftop for the first time next Friday, September 23rd. Read on for the details about evening and follow along with us on our Facebook event page!

Until next time!

- South Bowl Family


Risky Disko Presents: SPARE TIME

with DJs Greg D & Crouse


Friday, 23 September | 9pm-2am | FREE


Risky Disko is Philadelphia DJs Greg D and Crouse. Their journey began through a mutual friendship and love for classic disco and house music. Using these genres as a framework for their sets, they take inspiration from whatever groove suits the mood. Pulling from funk and disco, to classic house, Balearic, no wave and psychedelic, this duo has taken the time to understand how the dance floor has changed over the years. Both strive for the new and different, no matter how classic or current the period is in which it originated.

In 2013, Risky Disko earned a residency at The Dolphin Tavern where they currently host a monthly party, Try It Out. The party has included guest DJs such as Juan MacLean, Rory Phillips, Sleazy Mcqueen, Joe Goddard, Joakim, Medlar, Moon Boots, Eric Duncan and Holy Ghost!. In 2013, Risky Disko started a weekly party called The Wet Boogie, hosted at Ortlieb’s Bar.

Their goal: to guide you on a journey through the decades...but be prepared...like all great journeys, there involves some element of RISK.

Thursday, August 6, 2015

Not only is South Bowl an extraordinary bowling alley, it’s also an amazing party spot! Here, we have our awesome roof-deck, which is home to many parties and artsy views. Surrounded by a lush plant border, the roof-deck is located on the second story, and over-looks the surrounding area. Some events hosted here include Unconditional Love. This rooftop reggae fest (Presented by Solomonic Sound System) occurs the last Sunday of every month this summer! (So don’t miss it on August 30th) Kids bowl free during this, and there’s a specialty food menu on the roof deck all afternoon! On July-18th, we had the Pop up Shake down on the Roof top! This included DJs Rob Paine & Willyum, Who’s who, and Lee Jones. On June 21st, there was SoulnSol on the rooftop. This included music and some good times on a lazy Sunday afternoon! There was music by Ed Christof, Shearn, and others at this awesome dance party. Have no fear if you missed these though! There are more magnificent parties to come in the future, as you can see/check out by selecting calendar on the sidebar located to your left!


Thursday, August 6, 2015

Here at South Bowl, we have a magnificent wood burning pizza oven! Just biting into one of these pizzas’ leaves you wondering why it tastes so much better than any other pizza! Well, these wood burning ovens heat and bake better and quicker than just any old oven. Heat radiates evenly across the dome, while the floor is a bit cooler. This creates a crunchy crust with a fluffy/soft inside and a delicious smoky flavor! High temperatures produce an incredible taste and look. This kind of pizza is way out of normal pizzas’ league! Plus, here at South Bowl we have the amazing Jenny Choplin preparing our pizzas’. (They are guaranteed delicious!) Some incredibly yummy pizzas’ of ours include the amazing ‘Shroomin pizza; Smoked Salmon Pizza; and Sergeant Pepper! So come on down and check these bad boys out! Also be sure to check out the full pizza menu in "Food & Drinks" located on the sidebar to your left!