Hanover Lanes

Hanover Lanes, East Hanover: Hours, Address, Hanover Lanes Reviews: 3.5/5

Hanover Lanes
3.5
9:00 AM - 12:00 AM
Monday
9:00 AM - 12:00 AM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 12:00 AM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 12:00 AM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 12:00 AM
Friday
9:00 AM - 1:00 AM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 1:00 AM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 12:00 AM

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Anthony A
Fairfield, NJ34 contributions
Nov 2017 • Family
We had not gone bowling since our kids were small, so it's been awhile. I said let's go to Hanover Lanes, since Fairfield Lanes in our town has been gone for many years now. It was a lot of fun to do something different as a family. Strikes, spares, or gutter balls, it did not matter. We had a lot of laughs and enjoyed our night at these lanes.
Written November 18, 2017
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Bernd S
Miami, FL264 contributions
Feb 2016 • Family
Eventhough the place is a bit dated, it is all about having fun. Shoes are about $3 each and the games were $5.75 per person per game, pretty resonable. A lot of kids birthday parties and they seem to be having a blast. The staff is a bit stiff but helpful. They offer food, the pizza looked a bit scary so be had the wings and the chicken fingers and those were pretty good. Over all a fun time.
Written February 8, 2016
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HOCKPOOH
Boonton, NJ487 contributions
Nov 2015 • Family
Bowling is always a fun activity, whether it's with family or friends. As long as you don't overdo it. This bowling center is located in East Hanover on Route 10 East, not too far from Ridgedale Avenue. I used to go here more often as a young man. I even started a team that bowled in one of the leagues here many years ago. That got to be a bit too much for us. Like I said before, it's fun as long as don't go so often.
Written November 11, 2015
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Quest640495
1 contribution
Jun 2016 • Family
I had a kid birthday party yesterday in this place with 30+ kids. They were not prepared for the party. Some examples are: the guardrails of the lanes were not up, so the balls keep getting stuck on the laterals. The fruit plate that I had asked for the day before was not delivered. The party room did not have enough chairs for all the kids although I had confirmed the number of kids in advance. I had to run to the bar and carry the chairs to the party room. The cups and napkins were not in place and there was only 1 person to help us to serve the kids. Other birthday parties that I had been in other places, there is always 2-4 people to help you serve so many kids and the rooms are always prepared in advance. I would not recommend to have a birthday party here!
Written June 11, 2016
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lovetoliveonvacation
Florham Park, NJ46 contributions
Apr 2019 • Family
We hadn't been to Hanover Lanes since our kids were young. Now we have 8 grandkids and needed something to do on a Saturday afternoon. We tried to contact the bowling alley in our town, but that was impossible, and they got bad ratings. So we went to Hanover Lanes. Not being "in the loop" for a very long time, we were somewhat lost. Then came Lauren and Luis. Two employees who were very knowledgeable, kind, and most of all HELPFUL. Luis put all the kids names in the computer for us, brought us a "contraption" to help the 5 year old bowl, and picked out the balls for the kids. The place is clean and colorful. The food was good (it was nice to be able to have a beer while the kids were bowling). Everything was in working order. Yes, a little loud - but it's a bowling alley. I would definintely recommend it.
Written April 10, 2019
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ljij
ct25 contributions
Jan 2015 • Family
Went on a Friday night during winter Holiday season. The bowling alley was extremely busy - bustling with customers from students on college break to families with young children. In fact, there was a wait for lane time. Individual working desk was outlandishly rude - the likes of which I never seen in a business that caters to children. Heard him say caustically to a well mannered clean-cut young man who asked politely for help programming the overhead lane scoreboard, "duh, read the directions; they're right on the card." We also witnessed the same rudeness directed toward a girl of scarcely 6 or 7 years old. To be sure, there is NJ/NY attitude and flair which can be engaging - even fun. There is also unambiguous bad behavior, dourness, and being downright ugly and rude. If you're "lucky" enough to patronize this place on a night when this man is working the desk, chances are good you'll get a dose of the latter.
Written January 3, 2015
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jesstellsitall
5 contributions
games keep going and going so they charge you whatever they want then laugh about it in your face!! Manger is useless and just stands around!! They have an arcade that no one can use unless they book a party so its useless! THEY WANT YOUR MONEY!!!
Written December 23, 2011
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Mark Lim
2 contributions
Mar 2022
Bowling is supposed to be fun but the workers at this place have consistently treated me and my family like 3rd-class citizens. I will never come here again. I would rather drive an additional 10 minutes to Hudson Lanes in Jersey City or another local facility, where everyone is treated fairly. Note that we recently spent over $1000 in equipment, shoes, bags, etc. from the owner of the pro shop at Hanover and Hudson Lanes, Kurt, who is a terrific person.

The last 3 times that my family and I visited this establishment were Sundays and each time, there were teenage boys behind the counter. The schedule at door and on the website says that the establishment is open on Sunday from 12-8PM.

The first time, my family and I arrived at 7:00PM and maybe 5 lanes were in use. We were told that no more lanes were being given out as the closing time was 8 o'clock. I told them that we would stop bowling at 7:45 but were sent away.

The second time, we arrived at 6:30 on Sunday and came behind a Caucasian family, who were given a lane. However, again we were told that no more lanes were being issued this time because of COVID. WTF??? What did that have to do with anything? If this was the case, then why even open the lanes?

This last time (today, March 6, 2022), my son and I came in at 5:00 with our bowling bags in tow. We bought 7 games (prepaid). Normally, when we buy a lane per game, we play a practice game where both of us take turns bowling a frame apiece and then bowl 3 games each. We set up our single "PRACTICE" game and on our 3rd frame, one of the teenagers from the counter comes to us and tells us that we cannot play a single game but must have 2 players posted on the screen if there are 2 of us at the lane. Again.... WTF??? I explained what we were doing and that we were going to change over to 2 single bowlers right after our practice game. We were told that this was not allowed. What does it matter anyway? I paid for games already, follow all house rules and etiquette and still, I am treated like I am breaking the law. Why can I not bowl a practice game? Why does it matter how we post the games as long as both of us were bowling? It's not like it would take longer for us to finish! I asked to talk to the manager, Skylar, who told me over the phone that we were supposed post each bowler. It seemed like no one was listening. Finally, Skylar told me that we could finish our practice game.

At the same time, there was a group of 6 boys on the adjoining lane who were clearly on the "spectrum," and who stood on the approach area the whole time we were there. While they were harmless, albeit a bit distracting. We had to keep asking them not to use our personal bowling balls. Although we complained to the front desk about them congregating on the lane, not once did the attendants come over to ask the group of boys to come off the approach. In fact, we did not witness any of the attendants warn anyone else for any infraction.

In reflecting on the 3 separate occasions where we were treated so unfairly by unsupervised teenagers, I also noticed that there were no other Asians in the building. The place is run like an asylum. I've posted an antagonizing picture of 2 of the culprits.
Written March 6, 2022
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JOSEPH S
6 contributions
Feb 2019 • Family
Brought my grandchildren bowling. Teenagers at the counter who set the music so loud we left after one game. No adult management around. My ears were ringing. I have bowled here before when adults were at the counter and the place was great. We will never come here again if management doesn’t control the volume of the disco music. This can’t be good for anyone.
Written February 10, 2019
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michaelt4242014
90 contributions
May 2018 • Friends
Monday nite bowling league is lots of fun. We are a coed league from novartis. Hanover lanes is very convenient to us and provides a great venue.
Written July 22, 2018
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Hanover Lanes is open:
  • Sun - Thu 9:00 AM - 12:00 AM
  • Fri - Sat 9:00 AM - 1:00 AM