Candlepin bowling — Photo courtesy of PlutorWhen you find yourself looking to bowl in the Boston area, nothing beats the popular Somerville spot of Sacco's Bowl Haven. Considered the "Best Bowling" by Boston Magazine, Sacco's in Somerville has a laid-back vibe that is welcoming to the most novice of bowlers. Not to mention that inside you'll find good eats and craft beers as Sacco's Bowl Haven is housed within the walls of the Flatbread Company where homemade flatbreads can be considered snacks or meals that blend perfectly with a night on the lanes.
Sacco's is no high-end bowling joint, with fancy lighting or high-end furniture. Instead, it's a traditional bowling alley with authentic New England charm, where everyone from college students to kids congregate for Candlepin fun.
Popular in the New England area, Candlepin bowling differs from the more well-known style of Ten Pin:
- Each player uses three small, hole-less balls per frame
- The pins are thinner
- 'Wood' is not cleared between balls
Just as much, if not more, fun than Ten Pin, Candlepin makes it easier for you to toss the lightweight balls down the lane, but harder to actually make that strike. So, rent some shoes, grab lane and get bowling, but be warned, Sacco's can be quite busy; not an issue if you plan to enjoy a cold beer or a bite of flatbread first!