Downtown bowling spot The Alley opens today (Menu, lane rates, more)

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Updates are at the bottom:

Construction work continues to edge close to completion at downtown's soon-to-be-only bowling spot, The Alley.

The spot's target date has narrowed from this fall to November and that partnership with Fiery Ron's Home Team BBQ has evolved from being traditional pulled pork to, "bowling alley food x20".

That means no pulled pork and more creative subs — I'll point you to Eater Charleston's update.

The spot will also offer craft beer, three bars, eight bowling lanes, a restaurant space, TVs, and outside seating, along with precious downtown parking. They'll be at 131 Columbus Street (just north of Spring Street between Meeting and King streets). 

Follow along with the renovations on The Alley's Facebook page.

Update November 19: In keeping with their retro theme, The Alley hosted a "Studio 300" disco party on Saturday night.

The Alley opened their doors to a bellbottomed and afro-wigged bevy of party goers who were treated to the chance to sample drinks, menu items and of course, the bowling alleys. Home Team Kitchen cranked out mac and cheese, shrimp po boys, wings, pork rinds, meatballs, french bread pizzas and more while the bars served up White Russians, beer, liquor and whatever else the heart desired.

As if bowling wasn't a big enough draw, the entire wall leading to the shoe rental is jam-packed with arcade games. From Mortal Kombat II to Donkey Kong, the gang's all there. Just across the room is skeeball or pinball . As far as grown up fun goes, college football games were being projected on to massive screens that hang in the main dining area.

The Studio 300 party also raised awareness and funds for Charleston's Be A Mentor program

That all being said, The Alley is shaping up to be the ultimate spot no matter what your age may be. The official opening date is set for Tuesday, November 27.

Below are photos from the Studio 300 party:

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Studio 300

Studio 300

Studio 300

Studio 300

Studio 300

Update November 27: The wait is finally over: The Alley will officially open its doors today at 11 a.m.

The Alley's website has also launched. On it you'll find the complete Home Team Kitchen menu that has been under wraps until now.

As for lane prices, on Monday - Thursday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., shoes and a lane will cost you $8 plus $5 for any additional games. After 5 p.m., each lane will cost you $30 per hour. Lanes will run you $40 per hour all day on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. However, there will be disco bowling from 11:30 p.m. - 1:30 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays which will run you $20 per person per the 2.5 hour time period.

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