Sparta Lanes

Sparta Lanes

  Name: Sparta Lanes  
  Address: 43 Theatre Center  
  City: Sparta  
  State: NJ  
  Zip: 07871  
  Phone: (973) 729-6135  
  Hours: Mon, Wed, Sat and Sun 9 – cl; Tues, Thurs, Fri 11  
  Lanes: 32  
  Lane Type: Synthetic  
  Pro Shop: Yes  
  Food: Snack Bar  
  Comments: Semiz’ 11th frame pro shop is now here!!!!  
How Does Sparta Lanes Rate?
Votes:    87
Lanes: Actual Value is 3.1Actual Value is 3.1Actual Value is 3.1Actual Value is 3.1
Food: Actual Value is 2.9Actual Value is 2.9Actual Value is 2.9
Price: Actual Value is 2.7Actual Value is 2.7Actual Value is 2.7
Fun: Actual Value is 3.1Actual Value is 3.1Actual Value is 3.1Actual Value is 3.1
Overall: Actual Value is 3Actual Value is 3Actual Value is 3
 All bowling center ratings are the opinions of visitors to this web site and do not reflect the feelings and opinions of
Sparta Lanes Comments

Comment Date: 9/15/2015 Name: Anonymous
They don’t care people worried about one thing $$$$$$$$$$ in their pockets.Absolute shame!

Comment Date: 8/30/2015 Name: RH
Yep ya fixed the desk, now ya need to fix the people that work back there. There lies on of the big problems.

Comment Date: 8/29/2015 Name: CR
They fixed the desk but they Didnt fix what stands behind it.

Comment Date: 4/20/2015 Name: Ew.

Comment Date: 12/7/2014 Name: OMG
Are you people serious!!!!!Bowl once a month in this place try to enjoy ourselves no limes for Coronas or so co lime shots? Cold shots are warm run out of our favorite beer on tap. Meg is a great bartender but she has nothing to work with. Where are the Managers? You people should be ashamed. It was great there for awhile and now it is terrible. Management should be REPLACED!!!!!! They couldn’t run a ice cream stand! Great job by management and owners!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Comment Date: 9/7/2014 Name: League Bowler
Will the hand blowers work Monday Nite just wondering! Never do !

Comment Date: 8/10/2014 Name: Linda
Take my kids there for Kids Bowl Free only time I go there. Very unprofessional staff.

Comment Date: 8/10/2014 Name: Marc W
Are you kidding with this joint ! There is absolutely no reason to go to this alley. The staff is well below standard, the food they serve is GROSS, and the whole atmosphere is terrible! Whoever is in charge of this alley should be ASHAMED!!!’ Whoever owns this establishment should try another venture because its obvious they have NO CLUE ! DISGRACEFUL!!!!!!!!

Comment Date: 8/6/2014 Name: Anonymous
Yep going downhill not I sign or indication that better days are coming there. Such a shame . New staff and mgmt for this alley would be a start.

Comment Date: 8/6/2014 Name: So true
Just saw a Facebook comment and it was so true. The condition is inconsistent this place needs a complete overhaul from top to bottom. It’s not getting any better. Doubt that I would even have my daughters party there.

Comment Date: 7/23/2014 Name: OMG!!!!!!!!
Words can’t do this place justice!

Comment Date: 7/23/2014 Name: Done
This place will never change!! Brought my family to this bowling alley it was uncomfortable seems like the a/c was on
Employees looked like they Didnt wanna be there very dull the bathrooms are just DISGUSTING!!!! Sparta Theatre is a better option! To bad it’s local for my family and friends.Will think better about going there again. Ice cream for kids would be a good idea!

Comment Date: 7/23/2014 Name: Steaming
IT’S JULY does the a/c work??????????

Comment Date: 7/23/2014 Name: Anonymous
Haven’t been on this site in awhile see things haven’t changed in this dump! Sounds like the owners still don’t care. Glad me and friends went to Circle Lanes. This alley is so much more comfortable. Good riddance Sparta you deserve everything that’s coming to you. Is the one tooth lady still there?

Comment Date: 6/2/2014 Name: Dingus
Way too expensive. Also, all of the balls have baby-sized finger holes. Vat du heck?

Comment Date: 12/10/2013 Name: Confused
New Years Eve prices to high what happened to per person? Not going there again !

Comment Date: 7/4/2013 Name: Anonymous
thank god there finally fixing the place up and renovating the lanes and seating.

Comment Date: 4/15/2013 Name: Concerned
Read about fight. At the bowling alley stopped going there for the rundown conditions and and the dirty conditions, was thinking about going back but that sealed if me and my family. Have friends that won’t take there kids there. Who ever owns the alleys should sell it to Someone who cares. Obviously the owners don’t,such a shame so close to home .

Comment Date: 2/15/2013 Name: Anonymous
Bowl pics tinny league food was cold undercooked two tennyboppers workin counter very very bad service. Lady at front counter very helpful owner in building did not care.bottle beer on bar was warm no one cared.saw bartender with long hair tryin 2 help where is the owner two help?such a shame these owners should grow up and be accountable not the people who try to accomdate customers.will not eat and drink there after last nights debacle.

Comment Date: 2/3/2013 Name: Anonymous
No leagues today no oil league bowler in place every Sunday morning bowled 1 game and left,these owners are completely clueless have no business sense and for sure no commitment to league bowlers, going to circle let them live with what they think is right,such a damn shame stay away everyone

Comment Date: 2/3/2013 Name: Anonymous
This place should be know as (we are out of things) so unprofessional

Comment Date: 12/29/2012 Name: Captain Morgan
Apparently The Captain is not welcome here anymore!! If you drink it don’t go here looking for it!! REALLY!! REALLY!!

Comment Date: 11/24/2012 Name: Anonymous
Called for lanes this evening told it was rock and bowl night been there and done that too many kids really not that good average music and lighting only good part ya don’t see green patches and holes in seats average at best

Comment Date: 11/5/2012 Name: Anonymous
Bad for sure what’s up with the youngens runnin the place great nite out once a month but service needs serious upgrade

Comment Date: 11/5/2012 Name: Anonymous
Bad for sure what’s up with the youngens runnin the place great nite out once a month but service needs serious upgrade

Comment Date: 11/4/2012 Name: wow
Bowled there in league with another couple and the bar was terrible. Out of so much beers on tap so different than last year disorganized had 2 wait 5 to 10 mlnutes for drinks kust bad. Asked for lemon drops had no idea how to make them so co lime were bad too. Long time mgr gone lady bartenter gone usual bartenter at front counter.heard the owner was xtra hands in bar.what is the deal with this alley.found this site so more people can see this. Beware.

Comment Date: 10/29/2012 Name: Anonymous
This place is a disaster and don’t recommend you going here at all. The place is a dump, they haven’t done any upgrades and this place is failing fast. Our league used to bowl there only because of the manager Liz, we was so nice and always willing to help us. She was very smart to leave this place and move on, now that she’s not there anymore, no need for us to go there. The people at the desk are not nice and could care less if you are there.. Bathrooms are gross, I rather pee outside! FIX THE SEATS!!!!! Place hasn’t had a makeover EVER…

Comment Date: 10/21/2012 Name: Anonymous
Had fundraiser last night staff was excellent bartender looked very disinterested bathrooms were the most disgusting I have ever seen broken chairs dirty floors and the music was so so. This place needs complete makeover.would have hard time recommending going there

Comment Date: 10/21/2012 Name: Anonymous
Just saw comment about the lady at the front counter my friends and I don’t go there because of her go to circle at least they smile and friendly she doesn’t know the meaning stay away she is bad no personality and 1 tooth omg omg

Comment Date: 10/21/2012 Name: john
Yep gettin pretty bad bowl there one aweek busted chairs bathroom is a pig stye but gameroom and bar look good if it wasn’t for the location would go to circle or rockaway such a shame

Comment Date: 10/19/2012 Name: Dave C
Went on a Friday night place was pretty empty. Could hardly hear the music bathrooms were gross. Hard time finding a bowling ball. The bar was nice, cool tv’. The girl behind the bar was very nice and made a good drink. Lady at the front counter didnt really seem to care if we were there or not.

Comment Date: 10/12/2012 Name: Anonymous
Total waste of time will spend my money somewhere else.

Comment Date: 10/6/2012 Name: omg
Who is running this bowling alley.pack of people behind front counter lady in charge either sitting in chair or smoking food counter kids loud and in bar watching tv or fooloung who would want to spend money there came to see a friend and it was so unbuisness like. Went to kroghs instead of staying there. Stay away no business ethic bowling alley is a mess needs big upgrade .

Comment Date: 10/1/2012 Name: ditto
He is the same on mondays very loud and rude would come in early to eat with my friend we now go somewhere else won’t even go for a soda. Bad for business.

Comment Date: 9/25/2012 Name: thank
you need to let go the loud month kid that works the snack bar on Wednesday night. I don’t like to go and get food he is rude and loud.

Comment Date: 9/22/2012 Name: Anonymous
Sorry to see the mrg leave hope you don’t have bowler leave she is the only reason we stay there. You don’t let the neasty one go for the night shift but you let she go. I will not go to the snack bar when that loud mounth kid is on.

Comment Date: 9/22/2012 Name: you s*ck
Don’t know why you let the mgr go you should of let the kid with the loud voice in the sack bar go. When he is on I will not go and get food. I try not to come in when one tooth is on. You need to put money in doing the seats over. I Kown that it is the men league bowler that put the holes in the seat because they get mad and drop there bowls in the seat.

Comment Date: 9/18/2012 Name: Anonymous
Really the manager left. Who is running the alleys now.hopefully its not the people who own it or the counter lady with one tooth. Bad things ready to happen here stay out of the way could be ugly

Comment Date: 9/18/2012 Name: haha
New seating haha better chance of snow in that builiding.owners should be ashamed and embarrased.waste of money spend it somewhere else.

Comment Date: 9/18/2012 Name: thank you
A small group of us ladies would like to thank liz for all her help over the years of service to us and everyone. Are the owners going to run this place. We never see them they don’t fix anything and they don’t care .thank you liz once again.

Comment Date: 9/18/2012 Name: Anonymous
Its about time for some more green patches and glue on the seats. Did ya learn this on hgtv.the bench in the parking lot is an upgrade from what’s inside. These owners should be ashamed.heard the mgr resigned good for her only thing that would help this place is locking the doors for good. John q public stay away from this dump it is a sin what happened to this bowling alley

Comment Date: 9/18/2012 Name: not surprised
I go on the site just to read the comments about and I have to say that it sounds the same. Bowled there for a good amount of years and you could see the downfall about 5 years ago. Went to circle better atnosphere better leagues state tourney this year. Heard that the mgr left good for her hopefully pam isn’t running that place. The place is a joke wouldn’t park my car in there lot the place is terrible and disgusting. Go to circle.

Comment Date: 9/11/2012 Name: Anonymous
First nite of league and some things never change. The chairs still have holes or green patches opn them.the bathrooms and floors are disgusting. Rumors of manager leaving not gonna help older lady at snack counter not there loud mouth kids eunning it. This bowling alley is on its last leg. If the women with one tooth is there then stay away such a shame been going there for over 15 years such a shame

Comment Date: 8/4/2012 Name: Anonymous
Pretzel machine a good look omg wings are terrible barkeep on fridays has no clue reading or hangin with her friends bad place 2 go 2 stay away rockaway better choice the place is bad the fang at counter is interesting omg

Comment Date: 8/4/2012 Name: terrible
Management should be held accountable for the staff the poor seating disgusting bathrooms and that woman behind the counter is rude nasty and she needs a atitude adjustment will never go there again if she is there a total waste of time and money 1 to 10 this place is minus all around a shame

Comment Date: 7/27/2012 Name: Al

Comment Date: 7/25/2012 Name: Anon
This place obviously doesn’t have a dental plan!!

Comment Date: 7/21/2012 Name: Anonymous
First time back in since winter league ended not muched has changed they got a lottery machine ugly orange and yellow paint above counter and bar areas still green ugly pads on seats dirty floors and bathrooms filthy. Who ever owns this place is cheap and not very smart stay away not worth it.

Comment Date: 6/20/2012 Name: someone
They need to put the money in other places like fixing the seat and machine. The bar look nice but I don’t drink they must of put a lot of money in there instead of fixing the seats.

Comment Date: 6/19/2012 Name: really
A dump dirty filthy disgusting

Comment Date: 6/17/2012 Name: not here
Just moved to the area lookin for center to bowl in and this would be the last place I would spend money . Walked in and was shocked. Had a drink in the bar new tvs good prices sports on bartender was friendly. Wouldnt spend money to bowl there . Place needs total upgrade dissappointed what I saw.

Comment Date: 6/17/2012 Name: ditto
Ditto to the comments on this site the alleys are nice grass and shrubs outside nice the rest is nasty. This used to be a nice and place to come to but now its rundown and dirty I agree with the other comments lady at counter is a big problem. This place needs major overhaul.

Comment Date: 5/26/2012 Name: local
i live locally and whenever i come here, it is fun, but very gross. The seats are ripped up and there are always creeps standing outside after eight o clock. The people that work at the cash register are not the friendliest, and sometimes a lady was reading a magazine when my friends and I were standing there. She also was not very clean looking and had about 3 teeth total. That is not the kind of look I would want for my business.

Comment Date: 5/25/2012 Name: league bowler
I used to bowl at king pin and averaged about a 200 came here and it dropped to 170 it took sometime but i’m starting to get it back i like the challenge and these lanes will give you a challenge for sure

Comment Date: 5/3/2012 Name: a bowler
The pro shop is the only good thing about Sparta Lanes in Sparta NJ. The seating needs to be change and updated. Only if the ower were not so cheap and spead money on things that need to be done instead of things that don’t need done. The desk person at night that is outside smoking or knitting I wish I had a job that will pay me to do that are they blind and don’t see it. The manager and the day person is fun to talk to and can always be found. They need more worker like them if they had worker like that at night maybe they will have more customer because every time I come in to bowl at night no one is there.

Comment Date: 4/6/2012 Name: anonymous
This place is a joke. Those green mats that the owners used to cover the holes in the seats, those are pieces of carpet from machines down in the back that dirty bowling balls roll all over.

Comment Date: 3/29/2012 Name: neveragain
Went to this bowling alley whille visting friends and was shocked how dirty and disgusting this place was. The restrooms smelled bad the seats had dirty green pads the snack bar had dirty hair the place was a diaster. My friends go there once a month told them that was one 2 many. Who ever owns this must be a slumlord and likes rippin people off.would not give this dump one star or recommend this place to anyone. Stay away spend your monet somewhere else.ugh

Comment Date: 3/29/2012 Name: great
Finally a pro shop that’s open. I had a ball drilles by tom explained and was very through. The last shop that was there was never open and they were not very polite. Will give tom and his shop 5 stars. Good riddance to the otherv owner

Comment Date: 3/29/2012 Name: Anonymous
Don’t know what owners are thinkin a qoute sounds like things haven’t changed. Bowl there for years would never go back. Do they still have that women working the counter. She’s a problem

Comment Date: 2/17/2012 Name: nah im good
hey its not the best and it needs work but its something to do and for like 20 a hour for 6 people what the hell work with what you got

Comment Date: 8/20/2011 Name: Anonymous
Just came into practice for winter and the building looks the same still has holes in seats machine problems no oil on lane sthe owners don’t care the place looks the same as it did 5 years ago that business could be great if they owners who know what there doing its a shame live locally would hate 2 gogo somewhere else 2 bowl but they care more about kids and specials the league bowlers get know rewards year in and year out such a shame and waste

Comment Date: 4/5/2011 Name: Susan/league bowler
Sparta Lanes needs to be recognized for the changes they have made!!!!!! New Entrance, the bar looks amazing, new Pro Shop, new electronic scoring…The staff is friendly and quick to resolve any issues that due come up… I’ve always had a fun time at Sparta Lanes!!!

Comment Date: 4/4/2011 Name: mad
i bowled here for my first time recently with a new ball. after bowling only three games in a tournament, my new ball has tons of scuffs going all the way around it along with some chips. i am very unhappy…
the lanes felt really cheap and my ball went down them extremely slow compared to other bowling center’s lanes.
won’t be coming here again.

Comment Date: 3/8/2011 Name: confused
new oil machine, no new seating everything falling apart, no decent money leagues the desk attendant who works all the time is always smoking outside or knitting, great look for a business. rest of staff is good, but they need an upgrade not a new oil machine. how about seats with no holes.

Comment Date: 3/8/2011 Name: bitter
Well to start the manager does an excellent job with the staff she has. Some are lazy and dont look interested. The machines run bad the approaches are bad the seating and ballracks falling apart. Really like bowling there but the owners need to upgrade bigtime.

Comment Date: 3/4/2011 Name: Amanda
This place is great but its a little to expencive.

Comment Date: 12/26/2010 Name: regular customer at Sparta Lane
The Lanes there are nice and I have no problem playing on them. The Tuesday and Thursday night specials, 2 dollars a game after nine, make it worth going to time and time again.
The staff always seems unhappy, specially the cashier Pat, but considering how little contact you have with them it doesn’t really matter. However, in the small time I do deal with them, they always seem to have this attitude like you did something awful to them and they have just been holding it against you the whole time.
The building shows its age both on the outside and inside. I’m much more forgiving about the inside than I am with the inside.
There are some nights I’ve gone and the lanes we’ve gotten have been terrible. There should not be giant wholes in our seats, these aren’t quarter-sized holes neither they are the big enough for small child to fall in to.
Lanes are great to bowl on
Staff is okay, don’t try to be nice to them cause they have terrible personalities
The inside is in bad need of repair/remodeling

Comment Date: 11/9/2010 Name: bowlermom
I have my kids partys here all the time the host is great and the kids have a blast! They literly do everything for you, you just show up! How much better and easier can it get. no clean up no set up ! its great!

Comment Date: 7/27/2010 Name: dave
Great Place with Great Staff..Period! I bowl here regularly with a very large group and have found that everyone is extremely helpful. I would strongly recommend it to anyone.

Comment Date: 7/8/2010 Name: Lauren
Prices are great. Staff and service are great. Never tried the food but beer is $11 pitcher

Comment Date: 5/5/2010 Name: bigman2010
How can this place be rude? the staff and lanes are excellent. The prices are the best prices around. I would recommend this bowling alley to everyone out there.

Comment Date: 3/13/2010 Name: pizza lover 639
this bowling alley is so out of line the staff is rude the food is gross i will never go to this place ever again as long as i shall live it stunk

Comment Date: 3/13/2010 Name: sugar daddy
this bowling alley was great! holy macral they gave you service like you were at a 5 star hotel like the trump or something but not a cheep motel:) they stink, litteraly they smell but anyway this place was amazing, and if i were you i would go here every day of my life!!!!! this place has everything you can imagine food fun great service with a smile hopfully you choose this place over any other bowling alleys!!!thank god im done typing all those good things my fingers are tired as for cheep motels get some soap and clean the place up nobody even wants to stay at you mud hole motel bye bye bye bye bye bye peace out from sugar daddy!!!!!=) => =] =% xD

Comment Date: 1/27/2010 Name: Bowler
The mechanic staff needs to be looked at. Everything that needs to be worked on never happens. Great place to bowl in, but when see things falling apart and never get addreesed, bowlers get bitter and leave. Get on those mechanics, thet are killing your business. Your desk personnel is getting the fallback and that is not fair.

Comment Date: 1/27/2010 Name: league bowler
You need scores to keep bowlers, get them back, if not they will go someplace else. Great place, need to get it back before ya lose it.

Comment Date: 1/27/2010 Name: yep
The condition is way off, the hand blowers dont work, the approaches are bad. What happened since the first of the year? Oh whos the grunge bag with the ponytail in the front of his face. That is so bad, thats the look you want for your business. HOPE THIS GOES BACK TO NORMAL, AND A MECHANIC STAFF THAT CARES.

Comment Date: 1/13/2010 Name: bowled at sparta my whole life
Personally, I do not think the person who complained about the lanes is way off. The lanes have been pretty bad recently the oil is not lasting as long as it should. I can say this because not only have I bowled at Sparta my entire life but I bowl out of two other centers so my comment is not bias. True every good bowler needs to adjust but are we not suppost to be adults on here. Come on no need for name calling thats just childish. If that person feels the way they do they have a right to after all it is called an OPINION.

Comment Date: 11/23/2009 Name: league bowler
Great comment about the winer. Is this person really serious? Sounds like that person is really full of themselves. CRYBABY.

Comment Date: 11/23/2009 Name: Wise Man from a distance
I believe that bowling is still a game. It is played by opposing teams both playing on the same pair of lanes, so both are on the same condition. But only one league bowler complained, this person must not be able to adjust to different lane conditions, maybe he or she should inquire about a special deal so they may practice a few times a week.

Comment Date: 11/23/2009 Name: sparta lanes sucks
all of sparta lanes employes are horrible people that didnt go to college are do anything wit there lives so they take out there on other people sparta lanes s*cks!!

Comment Date: 11/13/2009 Name: Anonymous
Just read a recent post about Sparta Lanes. Is this person kidding. I have bowled there on and off for 20 years. and it is not as bad as it sounds.The new owners have done much to make improvements, but it takes time. As far as lane conditions, if it was that easy, i would average 200. I average 180, sounds like another bowler who thinks he or she is great. Hey who ever you are, if your that good, go bowl o ESPN on sundays, and see how ya do.GROW UP AND GET OVER IT. I wish i could that good, but i enjoy going to Sparta, MAYBE YOU SHOULD TOO! GET OVER YOURSELF.

Comment Date: 11/13/2009 Name: league bowler
As a customer,not an avid bowler, 1 league per week, sure updating would be nice. I bring my kids all the time, and they have a great time, they look forward to it. The staff is good and we have a great time.

Comment Date: 11/13/2009 Name: Sparta mom
I have my kids birthday parties at Sparta. They do everything for u, the hostesses are great, and the price is right. More people should go to Sparta, its well run and its fun. People with negative things to say should not base it on one bad experience

Comment Date: 10/26/2009 Name: league bowler
I’ve bowled at this house for several years through the change of owners and the attempts at remodeling. When you walk in their to bowl for a 6:30 league the shot is never the same from week to week. I also know that the shot changes from day to day as I bowled in mulitple league during the week. When a bowler enters a center they should not have to guess at what the shot is for that week/night it should be the same as the week before. This is not the case at Sparta Lanes you never know what you are walking into. Also it is evident that the owners let the employees do what they want when they want. The mechanic is never in the back during league play and the desk attendant takes a 30 minute smoke break during a league.
Over all if you want to join a league look else where Sparta lanes is not league bowler friendly.

Comment Date: 5/18/2009 Name: Sparta Resident
Went bowling here for the first time yesterday. I was back in the 60’s when I used to go w/my mom/dad to the bowling alley in NY. They need some serious repairs. Seats were cracked. The seat in front of the scorboard was about 3ft away from it. All old decor, lockers, bathrooms, etc. I’d like to join a league, but it is a depressing atmosphere to be in.

Comment Date: 12/12/2008 Name: Bob
Is this where schools from Sussex county
bowl in league I saw in NJ Herald Sports

Comment Date: 4/14/2008 Name: The Dakota Kid
I think this bowling alley is the best place to go, because I know almost everybody, and they’re really freindly there. If you ever go on the sunday men’s league, be careful of Jim. He’s freakin good!!!!

Comment Date: 2/7/2008 Name: Anon
Nice scoring bowling center, lots of honor scores. Fixing bar and front steps thats a start.

Comment Date: 5/8/2006 Name: Scott
This place needs an overhaul, big time! While I can apperciate the fact that they got new ball returns & automatic scoring machines, that was almost 5 years ago. Most of the tables & chairs need to be replaced in this facility, except in the lounge. They charge a lot of money for open bowling, so where is this money going? Management needs to pry open their wallets & update this place before everyone heads somewhere else.

Comment Date: 3/18/2006 Name: Sparta Poop
This place s*cks balls..all well its the only one in the area..

Comment Date: 3/15/2006 Name: nancy
I wish to contact Frank Grumka (really Elaine) to find a Siamese Cat. Please email me at {email deleted}. Thanks – I have one and need another.

Comment Date: 2/19/2006 Name: JOHN
I was very unhappy with my last visit there. I was in the bathroom with the cook and he left the bathroom without washes his hands. Very gross I know. Please do not go here it is not a place to bring your family.

Comment Date: 9/16/2005 Name: Anonymous
I was Very Unhappy with my most recent visit!

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