Hy-Way Bowl

Hy-Way Bowl

  Name: Hy-Way Bowl  
  Address: 1731 US Highway 22 West  
  City: Union  
  State: NJ  
  Zip: 07083  
  Phone: (908) 687-9300  
  Lanes: 40  
  Lane Type: Wood  
  Pro Shop: Yes  
  Food: Snack Bar  
How Does Hy-Way Bowl Rate?
Votes:    94
Lanes: Actual Value is 1.4Actual Value is 1.4
Food: Actual Value is 1.9Actual Value is 1.9
Price: Actual Value is 1.9Actual Value is 1.9
Fun: Actual Value is 1.8Actual Value is 1.8
Overall: Actual Value is 1.7Actual Value is 1.7
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Hy-Way Bowl Comments
Comment Date: 7/16/2015 Name: xXSTRiKeRXx
This is my last summer ever bowling here; not only is the people at the desk rude, but the assistant manager Joe is rude as well. I’ve been bowling here for quite some time and now I have to call it quits. Between the 2 elderly ladies and Joe; I just can’t take it anymore. I bowl Tuesday and Wednesday nights there and the shot is like night and day. I am bowling better on Wednesday night then I am on Tuesday, I asked the guy oiling last Wednesday night before league why the lanes are so different and he explained to me that before he oils he uses hot water with the striping mix to clean the back ends better. That right there explained everything to me. What they need to do is fire the 2 elderly ladies and the assistant manager, they need to hire a younger desk clerks. Before I end this I will tell you a story about Joe and you will realize why I don’t like him. One night I went there to practice and I seen him yelling at the younger desk clerk there, he called her fat. Are you freaking kidding me, is this how management treats their co-workers?

Comment Date: 2/16/2015 Name: IGNOMINIOUS!!!!!
Have never seen a place where the owners do not care about the bowlers.They feel since there is no other alleys close they don’t have to fix anything since the people will bowl there anyway. It’s unfortunate that they have that attitude. The place could have such huge leagues all they have to do is invest just a bit of money. I drive 20 minutes just to bowl there it’s my first time bowling in that house, but it will be my last time as well. Strike and spare is a few minutes further down the road I will drive a little bit further to go to a place where the owners care about what the bowlers have to say about there house.

Comment Date: 6/10/2013 Name: niecy
was there sat june 8,2013 man behind cashier very rude to us we we from out of town and the place is a dump they need to knock it down. Will never go again

Comment Date: 1/9/2013 Name: Steve Bobelock
When I was a kid I used to bowl there in the 70’s & 80’s it was a nice place. Things change.

Comment Date: 11/20/2012 Name: Customer
Pure ghetto

Comment Date: 11/10/2011 Name: SARCASM
i love this place. everything about this place is awesome. great people. great service. smells great too! this is the real place to come see real bowlers bowl.

Comment Date: 8/15/2011 Name: Ruthie
The last time I visited this place was in August of 2010 & I didn’t like it. The place was very dirty. It’s also, a little run down, too. I wouldn’t recommend this bowling alley to anyone!

Comment Date: 1/11/2011 Name: Deuce300 a.k.a Da Dragon
To Dragon all you gotta do is walk into Hy-Way and you will find me, don’t get it twisted cause you ain’t gonna destroy me on the lanes. All that talk wont get you no where except a quick cofax and extra cash in my pocket. I don’t play for $20 a game either, so if you got the balls you know where to find me. I also go by the Houseman as well!

Comment Date: 11/13/2010 Name: Truth hurts!!!
YEs, This place is a disgrace, and to say otherwise is pure IDIOCY!!!! I don’t care if ur sick of it-Get used to it!!!! I sure made a huge mistake coming here this past tuesday, and to this day i’m still kicking myself over it. The other times there was an older lady who was real nice, unfortunately was not there. Instead a man, whom i suspect might’ve been the owner. He was such a NUT! VEry rude, has no people skills, keeps customers waiting unnecessarily while gabbin with his homies, and for visually obvious reasons is a lousy businessman. The words Hy-way bowl and professional could NEVER fit in the same sentence!!! How was i suppose to know that if i try to erase a frame (when the computer scored wrong as it sometimes does) it’ll screw up the game?? He was very consdescending about it.
I agree with whomever wants to ditch this joint. The computers, as i said, are not only outdated but score wrong a lot, half the time the screens are very dim and blurry, and the lane kept shutting off prematurely (pay before u play). There would’ve been some serious problems if they tried to jip me out of the rest of my paid games! For some reason there were ice cubes in the toilets. At the lane 1 end exit doors, there’s actually PLEXIGLASS for windows!!!! Also, I should point out, on several random occasions i’ve been there ( i always park near the dumpster area) I’ve seen bowling balls thrown out with big cracks all around the ball among all the other litter. What’s that tell ya about the machinery? This alley is like a dead horse- stop beating it!!!
But would i feel so strongly if the employees were decent, NO!

Comment Date: 10/22/2010 Name: Dragon
This message goes directly to you “Da DRAGON”, I’m never one to hate on anyone’s game or opinion but, if you going issue an open bowling challenge to people have enough spirit to altleast leave some form of contact info so people, such as myself, will know who they will be destroying on the lanes. Hy-way bowl might not be the best center in town but, pot bowling always brings out the real bowlers. Step up and make it known who you are so we can do this the right way!!

Comment Date: 10/5/2010 Name: Deuce300 a.k.a Da Dragon
I love how everyone complains about how the place looks, but yet as soon as they are bowling and win money ” The B*tching Stops ” I’m putting a stop to this right now. I am having an Open Challange, if you got the b*lls then accept that means you too James don’t think I didn’t see what you wrote. {Comment deleted}. I produce score everytime I oil fool. I’m calling all you people out that are knocking the place and I’m not gonna bowl for no 5 dollars a game and I don’t accept checks. 50 dollars and up is the price. Choke on that b*tches. There’s nothing wrong with Hy-Way except for the idiots and cry babies that come into the place. I’m sick of it.

Comment Date: 4/30/2010 Name: sk8ersbus1
Well, This is my second time here. I notice the lanes werent quite as ridiculously dry as in december- someone said thats because leagues are over. Again I thought 2.25 is reasonable. But i saw their price list on the counter. After 6 on weekdays as well as weekends its 4.75!!!! The only way i’d even CONSIDER paying that is it better be a brand spankin new spotless immaculate brunswick zone kind of bowling alley, not a raggedy ol tin can dump like this!!! Hyway bowl is lucky they weren’t demolished like garden state bowl for the gsp ramp expansion. (theres a youtube video showing garden state bowl called alrashawn “ak” kincey) showing what the place looked like, much nicer and cleaner than hy-way. Even the now-closed roselle bowling alley looks better than that inside and out!!This place,i’m sorry is a total disgrace!!! Especially the outside around side and back is so trashy and filthy I would think its Camden NJ, with tons of litter , and the side parking lot stunk so bad of rancid beer it looks like they don’t even empty there dumpsters every week. I think some wrecking ball treatment for this shack is in order!!!! (in response to previous commenter, Notice i’m not complaining about the lane itself but everything else) The computer screens are somewhat faded out. But the good news is the staff is fine, pin action is ok. and as long as the games are only 2.25, its ok. BUt DONT go when its 4.75 a game- you’ll be SOOOOOOORRRRRYYYYY!!!!! you’d be better off getting toy pins from the dollar store and a tennis ball to play bowling with instead. The Abc, wibc, usbc whatever it is should be ashamed of itself if it certifies and sanctions this horrible excuse for a bowling alley for sanctioned play. Absolutley appalling!!!!! If Baseball umpire dudes or refferees must be neat shaven clean with shirts tucked in, and no scuffed up shoes, as well as school buses inspected by NJ motor vehicle inspection can possibly fail for lack of cleanliness, then the abc should similarly require any sanctioned bowling allies to be reasonably clean and tidy properly maintained, no excuses not to!!

Comment Date: 4/26/2010 Name: The Original Queen
I’ve read a lot of the comments regarding Hyway Bowl. Some of the complaints are valid and of course some are based on previous comments of others. True the house can stand a makeover. And yes the lanes can have different patterns at times. But this is beneficial to all. It allows low bowlers to have good games, and challenges the good bowlers to learn to read the lanes and make adjustments. And yes, like most, I’ve left up a lot of 7 pins, 4 pins & 10 pins on a good pocket hit. If you’re a good bowler, you should be able to make the adjustment by reading the lanes and how your ball rolls on them. People need to stop always complaining about nothing. There are two many bowling alleys disappearing as it is. For some, traveling is not convenient. For others, you have a choice. I’ve seen bowlers shoot 300’s, and 800’s like it’s nothing at Hyway. Go to other houses and you hardly see any. That’s something to think about. From this observation, most of the complainers will complain about any house they are at.

Comment Date: 2/15/2010 Name: G.
Guetto is a nice word to describe this place. It has definitely degraded in the past few years since i had been there. The woman behind the counter had 0 maners, after standing in front of her for 5 minutes she asked what we wanted, no ‘can i help you’, literally “what you want?”. She seemed upset as if we interrupted her doing nothing time. No offense, but i don’t think she finished 6th grade and i can’t understand how can a business owner pay someone to be rude and nasty to customers who are keeping his business going. From the look of the environment, maybe they’re not used to having people with manners there and that’s why they were so hostile…i don’t know…but i’m not going back and will tell everyone i can not to either.

Comment Date: 2/11/2010 Name: J.Rock
I use to bowl at Hy-Lanes about two years ago.The lanes are a mess and the house is falling apart. Why don’t Danny pick money into fittung up the house so more bowlers will have somewhere to go instead of far out places.The food is great but the atsphere is horrable

Comment Date: 2/7/2010 Name: James
I use to love this house, but with all the drama going on its just bad now. 1 thing Danny needs to do is fire that kid that oils the lanes, he is always changing the shot and it gets worse and worse by each week. He tells people he knows what he is doing, but I know he doesn’t. He ain’t even that good of a bowler either. So any of you that know him, tell him I am calling him out. Atleast that guy Rich has a clue on what he is talking about with the lanes and it makes sense as well. That kid looks confused all the time when he is oiling.

Comment Date: 1/28/2010 Name: Dennis
I agree with the person that made the last post.I have been bowling at Hyway for like 15 years or more and every year the place gets worse and worse. Invest some money in the place Danny. Damn I’m sick of hearing you say you spent $10,000 on the A.C. and it still don’t work. Stop being so damn cheap and open your eye’s. I swear if he would get his act straight the place would be good, but like they say. He doesn’t care 1 bit about this place. I will be going back to Jersey lanes full time after this year. Bye Bye Danny Williams. Nice to know how you treat your league bowlers.

Comment Date: 1/27/2010 Name: I’m Outta There
Love a tough shot but HATE a bad shot. The owner simply wont listen to the bowlers and their complaints about the decor, lane conditions, bathrooms etc so screw him. I’m out after the season. As a person who grew up on tough shots I know the difference between tough and bad. If they simply add more volume of oil and allow the shot to hold up longer, no matter what the pattern, that would solve a lots of the problems. Why should bowlers be subjected to 1950’s style bench seats in the pits that are taped together, railings that are taped together, and so on? Answer, they don’t! Just have to have enough balls to pack up and leave. The lure used to be the quality of the leagues but now that Sunday AM has folded (thanks Danny) and Friday appears close behind, why stay when I can go anywhere else and not have to feel like my clothes are gonna get dirty when I sit.

Comment Date: 1/26/2010 Name: Former League Bowler
This place is a 1st class dump. I am so disgusted with this place, its not even funny. I walked in the door this past Friday and I seen 3 guys with the lane machine, they looked like the 3 Stooges. To me they looked like they had no clue on what they were doing. It’s a shame because it was so easy for me to come to this place, but with all this crap going on now, I won’t even waste my time. Keep up the good work Stooges and by 2 years Hy-Way and be a mini mall or a used car lot. You pick.

Comment Date: 1/25/2010 Name: YOUNG OL HEAD
i don’t know where to start the place wasn’t bad in the 70s and 80s it started going downhill in the end of the 80s and into the 90s but since the 2000s damm! this guy is a slum lord with feelings? hey won’t even buy urinals for the bathroom he paints them? he wont even put a door on the mens bathroom so a peep show is not out of the question but he has updated he put something to block the 1st urinal what about a door? the pro shop doesn’t have any heat the place has no color brown is a speciality!who has panel anymore? then instead of putting synthetics like his competition he puts saran wrap on the lanes? that will last for 3-5yrs but the synthetics would have lasted for atleast 15-20yrs? the oilman is a 1st class jerk and he don’t bowl in this retro bowling alley! can we get an extreme makeover please!!!! oh and some heat and ac!!!!!

Comment Date: 12/19/2009 Name: sk8ersbus1
well i like this alley pretty good. the price is fairly reasonable (2.25 til 6pm mo-fr); i just hope their high price isnt much more than that. i didnt notice the lanes looking that beat up; they look alright to me,considering how old the place is, and the staff was pretty good . but i definitely agree with the complaints about the decor ,ball returns, and seats looking too antiquated- that could use improvement, no excuses not to!!!! the parkway is right behind the lanes. it had an odd oil pattern- oily heads but DRY back end. i would think the oil would carry down over the course of bowling session. i cant say i agree with whomever said the pins fall too easily- the pins were rather rigid, (yes there are a lot of 10 pins) and it was tough to get strikes hitting the pocket. i find it kind of odd the exit doors (to the left) have thin sheet metal on the bottom portion instead of windows- how are ghetto chains wrapped around the doors gonna deter vandals like that?? pins sure are LOUD!!! the bumpers are black drainage tubes like wildwood bowling alley has. i also find it unusual for an alley to have a no curse word policy and anti-pant-sagging policy. never seen that before. but thats good. maybe the place is not in the best neighborhood but i still like it! later.

Comment Date: 10/30/2009 Name: Deuce300
To the RETIRED BOWLING LEGEND, you forgot to mention me. How you gonna forget to mention the guy that works in the back. Whats up with that. Damn and I thought I took care of my people -__- I am very disappointed that I didn’t get a shout out.

Comment Date: 8/24/2009 Name: black guy
This dump is, by far, the worst alley I’ve ever been to. The prices could be a little bit lower, which would attract more customers, plus have those same customers buy a lot more games, thus making more money. The staff is generous, most of the time. The snack bar is very good. The bathroom needs to blow to pieces, seriously! It needs a new EVERYTHING. Hyway needs a vending machine that actually works, as well as a MAC machine that actually works. Have some discounts for the league bowlers, so that they can practice once in a while instead of going to another alley that’s cheaper and spending their money on them. Think about it…..

Comment Date: 3/10/2009 Name: RETIRED BOWLING LEGEND
let me tell you the place is a first class dump!!the staff has the worst attitudes they dont know how to talk to people pre school kids have a better personatility than the staff. he doesnt take credit cards the mac machine has a $200 limit.the bathrooms are a war zone and the lanes have more pot holes than route 22.the place needs an overhaul it can be saved if he puts synthetic lanes in he would get the new crowd back the location is perfect but you have to spend money to make money and he wants to spend very little.the place looks like a funeral parlour with the awning in the front this guy actually puts a chain on his doors when he closes what a dump!!! they did that in the 60s this is why home depot is there to buy doors that lock not with chains.the nicest people are janet the bartender lonce in the pro shop and the snack bar staff is we need an update alley asap!!!!

Comment Date: 3/2/2009 Name: Dave
Where can you find alley where you paid only $1.75 a game ? If you are a bowler from the old school. This is how bowling used to be. It take a lot of skill just to bowl a 200 game. With all the new alley now a day. The lane condition never changes. I could closed my eyes and bowl a 200 game. Lets bring back all the old alleys and all the old bowling balls. All those young guns out there will see their bowling averages drop by 50 pins.

Comment Date: 2/11/2009 Name: ShadowsWanderer
To the comment below Hy-Way gets new pins once a year not every 6 months. Second off the lanes are different day by day, the shot is never the same. Third off the lanes are in bad shape, the heads are burnt up. The place needs a lot of work and to tell you the truth I don’t see that happening. The kick backs are shot and the gutters are too low, thats why people always leave 7 pins or 10 pins.

Comment Date: 9/5/2008 Name: ex employee/ league bowler
to be honest with you, hy-way is a great house. yea tru the lanes may be old, but u have to realize that there are hardly any wood lanes still left. the only reason bitch and complain about the house is simply put, they don’t kno how to bowl… if u guys knew how to adjust or go back to basics u just might be a better bowler. its not rocket science but to score at hy-way is easy when u kno what your doin.
as far as the pins go, they get new pins every 6 months… u think they old~ haha ur crazy… I think the only thing wrong with the pins now a days is they to light. 3.5 lbs per pin is rediculous….
the alley is great, most of the employees are awesome (note I said most), the pro shop is phenominal, and the food (((fugataboutit))) AMAZING… DANNY WILLIAMS keep up the good work

Comment Date: 2/26/2008 Name:  soon to be former leauge bowler
The old lady and little man at the front desk are rude, the old wood lanes eat up you balls, the place is dirty the bathrooms are horrible. I cant wait until the season is over Im not coming back next year. the good thing about the place is game prices, proshop and snackbar.

Comment Date: 1/22/2008 Name: Alex
I take back my last comment I’ve learned a few things since i submitted that. There is tons of pin action at this alley. It is very old and so are the lanes. The lanes are old and your ball will have very different movement than it does at a newer alley. If you are a serious bowler I wouldn;t suggest hyway simply because the way all 10 pins fall sometimes when they shouldn’t you could bowl a great game and just feel like you dont deserve it.

Comment Date: 11/26/2007 Name: Alex
Old alley looks like somethin straight out of the fifties. Lanes are fun to bowl on, older style wooden pins fall easily. Also if you can get there at offpeak hours games are very cheap. Also its fun watchin the vets bowl if you go early durin the week you are gonna see 200’s left and right. Overall just a fun place to bowl if you have a group of friends with you.

Comment Date: 10/29/2007 Name: Choward
This bowling alley is only good for the liqour. Prices are good to bowl too, just wish they did dolla nights.

Comment Date: 9/20/2007 Name: Regular Customer
Best Food!!!! No Bowling Center can compare to this. Lane Conditions are in consistant. Overall needs some redecorating and some upgrades but it’s a nice place to bowl.

Comment Date: 9/6/2007 Name: Anonymous
This alley {deleted}. No oil, or nothing but oil. Holes the size of quarters on the front of the lane. Lanes haven’t been repaired since the fifties.

Comment Date: 12/25/2006 Name: Anonymous
Worst Kept Lanes In New Jersey. Not a very good location either. Very hard to find for the First time. Gentlemen’s club is next door, Please be aware that bringing the family is a risk!

Comment Date: 12/20/2006 Name: Greg
Worst bowling conditions in New Jersey. Not kept well at all. Lots of adjustments to be made

Comment Date: 3/29/2006 Name: Ian
this alley is horrible lane wise. For high school league they put NO OIL whatsoever worst kept lanes for any league that i have ever bowled on

Comment Date: 10/24/2005 Name: Chris
I’ve son has bowled here for several years. The lanes are good, food is good and prices are great!
Never had a problem with “HOT 22”..And yes it’s an older lane, but that’s where the charm falls into play.

Comment Date: 9/3/2004 Name: Joe
High scoring lanes, good pro shop, older house, food is pretty good. Alley is next to “Hott 22” Gentlemen’s Club so be careful bringing the family.

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