Sparians: A Bowling Bistro

A Bowling Bistro?

Raleigh’s new favorite is Sparians at North Hills (to the left of Harris Teeter), an upscale bowling alley offering a mix of entertainment that appeals to families, business people and the night-life crowd. Designed by local entrepreneurs, this hot-spot is unique in almost every way. The amazing bowling side features big- screen TVs, comfy couches, great music, soft lights and first-class service from the wait staff.

You have never seen bowling like this! On the bistro side, there are booths and tables, and a menu with creative and upscale offerings to make everyone happy: great appetizers, burgers, pizza, salads and full dinner entrees, including steaks and seafood.

When I visited on a weekday mid-afternoon, Sparians was hosting a diverse crowd that included businessmen in suits catching a late lunch, as well as bowling groups ranging from grandparents with their grandkids to some very enthusiastic Millennials. In the evenings, Sparians gets a great dinner crowd and then morphs into a popular night spot with live music Thursday through Saturdays starting around 9:30 pm. The fully stocked bar is a pleasant place to people-watch and offers frequent drink specials. Popular local bands like Craig Woolard and Magic Pipers are now being booked, attracting a crowd that likes to dance.

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There’s even karaoke on Mondays, Trivia on Tuesdays and Ladies’ Night on Thursdays. Another surprise: Sparians is doing a great business with lovely private suites in the rear of the building that can be booked for private parties or corporate events. With plush seating, flexible set-ups and even private bowling lanes, Sparians will be a memorable space for your birthday, rehearsal dinner or any kind of party.

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