Park past and future
In less than one year, the pristinely restored Lanes has played host to sold-out shows from heavy-hitters like The Hold Steady, Cold War Kids, and Public Image Ltd., as well as local players Vendetta Rose. A spate of off-beat film screenings has proved to be equally popular, most notably two sold-out showings of Andy Irons: Kissed By God—an in-depth look at the life and legacy of a surfing icon.
Of course, this is the Asbury Lanes—bowling is still a big draw. An “Industry Night” pits local businesses against each other to see who can show up and hit some strikes. And if you feel like trading in your bowling shoes for a pair of dancing kicks, you’ll want to catch one of the venue’s frequent themed dance parties—“Jay-Z Versus Beyoncé” and “Saved by the ’90s” are just a couple of the recent faves. DJs are recruited from all over the country to supply the tunes and keep the party vibes primo all night long.
If the Lanes represent the best of Asbury Park past and future, it stands to reason that the libations bring their AP A-game too with sips from Asbury Park Brewery, Asbury Park Distilling, and even a “Sin Shot” made with Asbury Park Cotton Candy products. Guests can pop by the Diner for the weekly blue-plate special and boozy milkshakes–made with ice cream from hometown creamery Hoffman’s. It’s maintaining that local flavor that keeps the spirit of the original lanes alive. This sense of community has always been the driving factor at Lanes, at the forefront of everyone’s minds.
To that end, the venue is always seeking opportunities to support charity initiatives. In January 2019, the Lanes and Tandem Cycling hosted “Cycle for Survival” with 100 percent of proceeds going to funding research at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center.
The summer calendar at Asbury Lanes is filling up fast, and at this reborn icon, the fun has just begun.
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