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  • 10 Stroud Green Road
    London N4 2DF
    Finsbury Park, N4, Stroud Green
  • Transit information Piccadilly Victoria Get Directions
  • Phone number 020 8800 1950
  • Business website rowans.co.uk
  • 5.0 star rating
    15/1/2014
    1 check-in here

    I want to have my birthday party here. And then, I want to have my birthday party every day. Rowan's is essentially the shabbiest place on earth to be the happiest person on earth, but who can argue with a £10 bowling/shoes/karaoke deal? Throw in a game of mini air hockey for 50p, and everyone's a winner.

    I have to say that I did not indulge in any food or drink during my stay at Rowan's, which is probably for the better, but you don't need to when you're after a chill and childlike Sunday night like I was. Fill up on great Korean food across the street at Dotori and save your coins and energy for the arcade after you've bowled and sung.

    For karaoke connoisseurs, I would rate the song selection as five stars if you're after a wide variety of pop and rock. They even had Björk. Make sure you search using the screen and not the binder, as our binder is outdated (and also stopped at "R"). Final bonus is that no one came to kick us out of our booth. I'm not saying how long we overstayed our hour, but I'm just sayin'.

    Grand finale: Bowling! Karaoke! Arcade! Lawlessness! All for cheap! Come find me here, and wish me happy birthday when you do.

  • 4.0 star rating
    9/8/2013

    I really like this place. Feels a bit old and worn but more in a way that adds to its character, rather than feeling run-down. 1 pound cover charge, which is a bit weird for a bowling alley, but definitely not a deal breaker.

    5 pounds/game. Bar is pretty much pub price which is a big plus point given that they usually tend to be expensive at bowling places. There's also an arcade area as well. Didn't play anything but I peeked in and it looked interest. Always nice to have the option.

    Ultimately, if you want to bowl (and ideally get drunk at the same time), it's a fun spot.

  • 1.0 star rating
    20/3/2013

    Went here last month with a group of friends and none of us will be back any time soon. We couldn't believe the horrific treatment of paying guests they call 'customer service'.

    Our lane kept breaking down - whether it was the lights suddenly going off, the pins not resetting, the pins resetting and then getting knocked down before anyone bowled, or the equipment miscounting the number of pins left. We kept complaining and finally they moved us to another lane - but never apologized for the fact that it took us so long to get through one game. Had they offered us the chance to restart our game when we moved lanes, or even apologized for everything going wrong, we would have been fine, but they were openly rude to us at points when we pointed out that our game was repeatedly held up. Not a place we'll be returning to anytime soon.

  • 4.0 star rating
    3/4/2012
    ROTD 14/5/2012

    This place is utterly ridiculous. The crowd can't seem to decide who it is or what it wants. There is bowling. There is awful/awesome music. There are cheap pitchers of beer (Coors Light?! OH OKAY.). There is (allegedly) karaoke. And, my favorite part of the whole place, there is a neon 'Cincinnati' sign.

    The bowling is reasonably priced, I guess. I have no standard for comparison. This isn't a fancy bowling alley, but that makes me more inclined to return since I can actually afford to hang out here for awhile. It feels like you're in a small town or suburb somewhere until you step back outside. It's open late, which is bizarre but also awesome when you're drunk.

    I dislike that there's a cover... at a bowling alley?! Whatever. It's not more than a pound or two. I think, mostly, I'm just obsessed with the fact that this giant bowling alley is right across from Fins Park station. Hilarious. Wonderful. Cincinnati.

  • 3.0 star rating
    23/11/2008
    First to Review

    Rowan's is a cheap n cheerful ten pin bowling alley in North London.

    This is very old school. There's an arcade, a simple bar and the alleys are always packed with kids and families on the weekend.

    As far as bowling goes, this place is pretty affordable. It's also quite fun and makes for a good Saturday afternoon out. This is really *no frills* and don't expect anything outlandishly spectacular here.

    I'm not sure I like all the noisy families and rude kids but if you don't mind this then this is perfectly fine.

    I prefer Bloomsbury Bowling Alley - a ten pin bowling alley with a distinct flavour and theme but if you're local to Finsbury Park / Stroud Green then this is perfectly acceptable too.

  • 4.0 star rating
    1/8/2010
    1 check-in here
    Listed in Rainy Days, Show off

    Gotta love bowling. I am incredibly competitive though so don't expect me to take it easy.

    I like Rowan's, the first time I went here I was a bit taken aback by the £1 entrance fee - what's that all about? But it has more character than the shrines to plastic of Hollywood bowl and hurts the wallet less than the trendy, 50s style places in central London (which I do go to occasionally).

    At least there's always a free lane and although you can book ahead, it's not essential.

    "We're gonna bow-whoa-whoa-l tonight..."

    • Qype User mishac…
    • London
    • 4 friends
    • 6 reviews
    4.0 star rating
    8/11/2012

    This is one of my fav place. You have so many ways to have fun there. Bowling, pool tables, karaoke
    You can go a hundred times there and still it won't be boring especially if you're with good friends.
    Prices are cheap so you can enjoy spending a lot of time there but not so much money :)

  • 4.0 star rating
    16/9/2009

    Where's my White Russian? Has anybody seen the Dude? Rowans made me want to squeeze into a tight purple jumpsuit, slick back my hair into a ponytail and have my friends refer to me as Jesus. Yes the place reminded me of The Big Lebowski. It had those tacky plastic seats, yellow cheap looking interior with seaside'esqe logo's emblazoned on the walls.

    No doubt if you wanted to, you could form a serious bowling habit here. There are two levels each with twelve lanes, there are a multitude of pool tables, two bars and a pro bowler room... Oooooh!

    Seriously this place is uber cheap. £1 entry, £1 for shoes and £3.90 for one round. There are special offers to make it even cheaper.

    If you want slinky, look at me I'm posh bowling, don't come here. If you want the true spirit of ten pin, and above all else want to be, the DUDE, Rowans is where you need to roll.

    • Qype User louise…
    • London
    • 143 friends
    • 36 reviews
    5.0 star rating
    30/9/2008

    This place is fab for a number of reasons, fancy a drink?DONE, bowling DONE, game of pool? DONE, or maybe a go in the acarde room, this place is perfect if you are on a day out with kids or night out with friends family.
    With 2 bowling alleys, one upstair and one downstairs, u never usually have to wait for a lane, and if you do you are surrounded with other things to keep you occupied.
    With music too after a certain time too, and food if you or kids get peckish(as they do), Does no break the bank, but a nice family day out.

    • Qype User JLLond…
    • London
    • 5 friends
    • 47 reviews
    5.0 star rating
    27/11/2008

    There is no doubt, and this is agreed amongst almost all of the people I know, there is nowhere else in Finsbury park (perhaps even North London in general) where you can have as much fun as at Rowen's Bowling.

    This place does have everything and is really very affordable. Don't worry if you think it looks a tad rough, this only adds. And the atmosphere is very accepting of everyone.

    Bowling is a bargain as is the bar. You can ever have a dance as the evening goes on, and watch the amazing dancing on display by some of the locals!

    • Qype User magsdi…
    • London
    • 11 friends
    • 37 reviews
    4.0 star rating
    16/1/2008

    This place is a great night out with whoever you are with. whenever i go i have a great time.
    There is a restaurant (though it serves bad food and only at certain times) arcades, pool tables (plenty), a lounge area and a mini dance floor which no one dances on (except for the odd drunk person). the cost for a game of bowling is £4, plus £1 shoe hire, plus you have to pay to get into the place which is a £1. Everyone is nice there and it gets packed so you should book lanes in advance for the weekend not to be disappointed.

    • Qype User samant…
    • London
    • 0 friends
    • 3 reviews
    4.0 star rating
    2/4/2013

    This place is always crowded as hell, you have to book your table/line few days earlier. They have different prices for weekdays and weekends, and also you have to pay for the shoes. It is very good place to spend your Friday night, try it.

    • Qype User evanch…
    • London
    • 0 friends
    • 6 reviews
    4.0 star rating
    22/3/2013

    If you are bored by your routine or you just want to spend some good time with your closest friends, this place will help you to cheer up and have fun. I like the idea that you can book a private karaoke boot for only £ 5.00 per person per hour. I call this a quite nice deal. Sometimes it is crowded and I'm often trying to avoid the crowd and find a more relaxing place.

  • 3.0 star rating
    16/12/2008

    Right beside Finsbury Park tube is Rowans, it is the only bowling venue within quite a distance and has been packed every single time I have been here. I remember going as a child, and it was packed then, and recall going there for a few drinks and maybe play a few frames of bowling, but had to settle with just the drinks as you have to book to get a lane over the weekends.

    There are 10 pin bowling, pool, arcade games, bars and food, that typically being fast food. Reasonably priced but a little rough looking but I suppose it is nice to see one of those vintage looking places, without the neon lights obstructing your view. Rowans is a part of Finsbury Park and I am glad that one of the larger well known companies haven't bought them out yet.

  • 3.0 star rating
    23/12/2008

    There is a certain innocent pleasure I attach to bowling, probably something to do with the spate of parties in my early teens I passed watching heavy, green orbs bounce off the inflatable trainer guards to deliver yet another, less-than-credible strike. Such aids to my cackness at bowling are not available at Rowans in Finsbury Park, where some serious competitiveness from dedicated enthusiasts is on show most nights of the week. However, its difficult not to have fun bowling anywhere. The mental comfort of totting up your modest score at the end of the night is helped by the US diner-style food and the multiple digital distractions in the arcade.

  • 4.0 star rating
    8/1/2012

    Rowans is located right across the road from Finsbury Park tube. Inside there are plenty of bowling lanes and it's good value. More down to earth than the more consciously Americana '50's All Star Lanes but just as much fun. Great for kids too.

    • Qype User Madame…
    • London
    • 66 friends
    • 46 reviews
    4.0 star rating
    31/10/2007

    Do you live in North London? Are you bored and broke, but not feeling like staying in? Then go and have some cheap fun: drink and game rounds altogether should cost no more than 20 quid per person

    • Qype User nori…
    • London
    • 17 friends
    • 134 reviews
    4.0 star rating
    19/2/2010

    Located right near Finsbury park station this is a good place to head with a gang of friends. Loads of arcade games etc as well as the bowling. Beer tasted like their was some chemical in it when we were there so maybe avoid that!

    • Qype User mykier…
    • London
    • 10 friends
    • 16 reviews
    5.0 star rating
    4/8/2008

    Rowans Tenpin Bowling was extravagant, as me and a friend had a great time there. After we had a fun time bowling which was full of laughter, we went to the arcade which was reasonably priced and we actually had quite a fun time, it wasnt a rip off like many other arcades, as we actually managed to win quite alot of teddys and 10 pences we had a game of pool which i also managed to win and its definitely a place to go with family or friends!

  • 1.0 star rating
    17/12/2012

    Had to pay twice as staff insisted one of our group had not paid. Everyone had shoes and receipts ! Machines break and staff are slow to fix.

    • Qype User Akira2…
    • London
    • 57 friends
    • 48 reviews
    5.0 star rating
    24/7/2008

    I absolutely love this place! Its great. The bowling facilities are wondeful and also the bars,Arcades,Pool tables and everything else is just the best placeto hang out with friends and also if you want to organise a childrens party this is the placeto go. They would thoroughly enjoy it and so they should. The prices arnt exactly cheap but they arnt expensive either. It would definatley make a great day out.

    • Qype User ladyto…
    • London
    • 27 friends
    • 93 reviews
    5.0 star rating
    24/8/2008

    This bowlng place offers loads of other things to do not just bowling but has arcades,pool tables and serves food also. Its a great day out for all the familly and of any age,its rather cheap also so it wont break the bank to have a day out and abit of food. its also local to a trainstation so getting home wont be of any worry,its also open till rather late and plays music so u will for sure have a good day out.

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