Big Al's Bowling, Vancouver

3.6
#2 of 8 in Fun & Games in Vancouver
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  • This place is amazing! The ambiance, the staff, the activities available! I had the best time celebrating my sisters birthday here. We felt very welcomed by the staff. Savannah, who was helping us in ...  more »
  • Thanks to the kids bowl free program, your kids can bowl for free (you pay for shoe rental) and it is affordable for adults as well. The ramps mean that even your littlest Walking child can participat...  more »
  • After a week of taking teenagers around to see the natural side of Portland Big Al's was a nice change of pace. Bowling and a large arcade with 2 bar areas for the adults.  more »
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  • I hate it. It's almost not fair for me to review such a place. I would rather have my eyeballs delicately sliced open with a machete and then my lids held open while salt was packed on top of the fresh wounds until a solution of vinegar and iodine was used to wash it all away. That would be much much more pleasant than being at Big Al's. It's not you Big Al's, it's me. I just don't like suburbia. I also don't enjoy sensory overload. I do like good food. And I think arcade games should be less expensive than $1.50 per play. I think that restaurant service should be considerate and enjoyable. But also.. I just don't like places like this. You should definitely go here if it will keep you from standing in lines for ice cream on 40 degree days on Alberta. If this place will keep you from ruining another perfectly good breakfast place... If you just want to be seen at a place like Stanich's rather than respect the burger that has been coming from that kitchen since before you were born then you should absolutely go here.. you'll love it!! Lots of people can see you.
  • This is probably the biggest bowling alley I have seen and been to. It is very nice inside with lots of lanes including a private section. They have a full sized arcade as well. The waits here can be insane. We had a small group of 4 people and waited over 2 hours. What made the wait even longer is that one of the employees misinformed us about the private area. I have been here a few times and every time the waits we're too long. It makes The fact that you can't call them to reserve a spot make things even worse. Something to consider if you are coming from a distance. Other than that the food and the rest of the service was good.
  • I'm going to say that we went on a weekend, so the time frame may have something to do with our service. It took us 30 minutes after we sat down to get the attention of the server in our area. Then another 30 minutes to get two drinks. Then after about 20 minutes I had to go hunt down the server to get our change and even after finding her it was another 10 to 15 minutes to get the change. So 90 minutes to complete a drink transaction. Our pizzas ordered from a different server arrived about 50 minutes after ordering. We had a decent size group and had 3 lanes plus food and drinks. So it's not like we weren't spending money. Also the menu could use some better choices that don't include jalapeƱo in everything.
  • Big Al's is what it is, meaning it's a fun place w ok eats, but is gonna cost ya some bucks. I'm not opposed to spending some money for a good night out, but I've never seen video games so expensive?!? 1 game I played w my 8 yr old son costs me $5 for every life! It wasn't virtual reality or anything fancy either, just an older sit down game. For dinner, we had a party of 12. Our waiter made dinner a total disaster. I'm far from picky BTW. No napkins, no water, incorrect food orders, and our waiter was amazing at disappearing. I ordered the "Notorious P.I.G", and it was disgusting! My bad for not reading the menu better I guess, but Mac & Cheese shoved in a burrito shell does not make an awesome burrito! The manager could tell we weren't happy with our experience, and comped us free bowling and made sure the waiter we got in the lanes was awesome! I would have given this place 1 Star, but they did make every effort to make things right. I probably won't be going back anytime soon, but if you're prepared to spend the money you can definitely have a good time here
  • What a beautiful location, full of fun! We came with my husband's work for a Christmas party, and had fun bowling, even though we had to move lanes because the ball return wasn't working. The food was mediocre, but it's a bowling alley, so we didn't expect much. I had a taco salad and the lettuce was on it's way out. The waitstaff accidentally dropped one of the children's meals, and they never brought it back out, until they were going to bring the check. They made it better by bringing more food out which was kind, but also to be expected, and then they removed it from the bill. They gave the kids play cards for the arcade, which I don't know if that was an extra or it came with the kids' meals, and they gave us one extra; which was very nice. One major downfall was that SO many of the arcade games were $1.25-$2.00 to play! This was truly shocking, and ate through the game cards very quickly. It was very hard to explain to a 4 year old. Beautiful location, mediocre food, okay bowling (I'm fairly certain the floor isn't level), and super expensive arcade games. We may go back, but very likely only once in a long while. We were very grateful for their intent to fix things that went wrong.
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