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Bowling, is a great family past time, and my kids love the bowling alley, like most kids. While researchung ensenada, I ran across a tiny bowling alley, which piqued my interest, and got me thinking about bowling alleys, arcades and such. So here we go, this is what I found.
Luckily, that tiny bowling alley isnt an anomoly, there is more than one of them. Now, I have come across houses with personal small bowling alleys, in my life, but not small public, nor private alleys, so this is intersting. They look, well, shit, they look really cute, for lack of a three dollar word to encapsulate it. They just look cute, neato, quaint, I dont know. I just know, that if we do move to Ensenada, I will SOOO be hanging out at one of these places!
Ironic, really, that the only time I have seen smaller bowling alleys, was in mansions, ya know, the ones you tour on vacation, when you were a kid, visiting obscure relatives, somewhere near the coast.. but i digress..
What is funny about that is , at least when I was growing up, there was nothing more blue collar, lower class schmucksville than bowling. No offense, the truth is the truth. Bowling was looked at as slumming. NONE of the rich, or middle class kids, or their parents, would have been caught dead in a bowling alley, truly. Us punk rock kids? Hell we figured out quick it was the best place to skip school, so we loved bowling, and bowling allies. But it really struck me that someone rich enough to own their own bowling alley, would want one.
Small bowling alleys, for clubs or organizations, now those totally make sense. I am excited, that perhaps there are quite a few more of these hidden gems, these reminders of socialization, before it became media, dotted around Ensenada. I know there are at least 2 of them, and a rumored third. As well as, an old school, full size set of public lanes as well.
What I have found is as follows:
BOL PINO DORADO de ENSENADA
This place seems to be the O.G. Of the bowling alleys in Ensenada. Seems to have some serious history, old school tournament history, champions affiliated to the place, and te like. This seems to be the closest ting to the old public bowling alleys of my youth.
Obregón 401, Zona Centro, 22800 Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico
Bahia Bowl and Bar
This place looks like it as all of the new bells and whistles, playgrounds etc, day glo bowling, sound systems, etc. Looks like it will be great for kids. I can’t really tell if this is a smaller alley, that expanded to provide the other kids activities, or if it is all new. My assumption is the former.
Av. Reforma 224, Nueva Ensenada, 22880 Ensenada, B.C., Mexico
Now this is the place I stumbled upon. A small, almost time capsule of the golden era of bowling. I don’t mean technology, they seem to have the electronic scoreboards and such… no, I mean the lime green paint and pictures of bowlers on the walls, the mirrors, on te side walls, like a dance studio…… this was a set of lanes where serious bowlers practiced….
Ejercito Nacional 258, Nueva Ensenada, 22880 Ensenada, B.C., Mexico
This one I can’t tell if it really exists or not. It is listed as a bowling club, but the neighborood Google puts it in sure doesn’t look like it has a bowling alley.
Etiopía, Las Lomitas, 22810 Ensenada, B.C., Mexico