KINGS Bowl Orlando will open to the public on April 15th! We were invited to a media event to sample food, drinks and enjoy some bowling on one of the 22 lanes that KINGS Bowl offers.
We have a video of our experience at Kings Bowl Orlando on our YouTube channel!
KINGS Bowl is the first cog in the wheel of I-Drive Live, nestled in a shopping center that used to be the Mercado. KINGS Bowl itself is inside the former Goodings store, and finishing touches were being made on the exterior as we enjoyed our time inside.
Billed as an “Upscale Bowling Joint”, KINGS Bowl Orlando doesn’t feel too upscale. It has the feel of a neighborhood bowling joint where you can meet your friends for a meal and drinks, followed by a few rounds of bowling. Prices are per game, not per hour – so there is no need to race through your games.
Every food item we tried was great – from the Cheeseburger Sliders (2 for $10 or 3 for $13) to the Brazilian Fish Stew that is cooked in a clay pot ($18) to the ice cream. Actually, the ice cream was a huge standout! KINGS Orlando tested many brands, and found Working Cow, which I’ve never heard of – but I will remember the name now. The S’mores Brownie Sundae ($8) sounds especially delicious, with vanilla ice cream, s’mores brownie, chocolate sauce, crushed Oreos and whipped cream. Another favorite item of ours was the tender KINGS Famous Steak Tips ($16), which is normally served with mashed potatoes and green beans. Prices for entrees at KINGS range from the Classic Burger ($8) to the Ribeye ($26).
If you love specialty drinks, KINGS Bowl has many, with names such as the Gummi Bear Martini, Strawberry Pop Rocktini (rimmed with Pop Rocks), and “Big Balls” that serve multiple guests. The Fizzy Lifting Drink is truly fizzy (it has a smoky look to it), and is garnished with an Everlasting Gobstopper. We tried many of the drinks, I’m not sure which one I like best!
We were also shown the two beer tap tables, where guests can pour their own cold beer. Stella Artois, Sam Adams Seasonal, Bud Light and Yuengling are included on tap. The beer is kept at 29 degrees, and KINGS always wants a close draw – the kegs are nearby. KINGS also offers bottled beer.
The bowling lanes are regulation size, and there are curtains to help partition groups, as well as two rooms for groups who want more privacy. We especially like the King Pin room, a soundproof room that can be used for parties and corporate events. The bocce ball court is right outside this room.
If you love sports, you can watch your favorite team on one of the 60 HDTV’s.
Next year, I-Drive Live will include KINGS Bowl Orlando, Madame Tussauds, SEA LIFE Aquarium, and a large wheel similar to the London Eye! It will be a great place to spend a full day. But for now, KINGS Orlando will offer a great place to hang out on International Drive near the Orlando Convention Center. We’ve been told there will be local specials, so watch KINGS Orlando’s Facebook page and website for all current information!
KINGS Bowl Orlando is family friendly by day, 21+ after 6PM. The hours are 11AM – 2AM every day. KINGS is located at 8255 South International Drive, Suite 120, Orlando, Florida 32819. It’s close to Ripley’s Believe It Or Not and Sleuths Dinner Show.
KINGS Bowl Orlando offers:
22 Ten Pin Bowling Lanes
Four Full-Size Billiards Tables
Outdoor Bocce Ball Court
Two Exclusive Private Rooms
Two Separate 40+ Seat Bars
Climate Controlled Outdoor Patio
Over 60 HDTV’s
Enormous HD Projector Screens
Nightly DJ’s and Dancing
150 Speaker State-of-the-Art Sound
Local and National Sports Packages