BRISTOL - Sparetime Entertainment in Bristol recently underwent a huge renovation, redoing its bowling lanes, laser tag arena and arcade.
The restaurant in Sparetime, at 177 Farmington Ave., is also undergoing renovations and is expected to be open in mid-September.
“The menu will be the same, but the whole restaurant will look completely different,” said Callie Lanning, event planner.
Lanning said the restaurant was previously connected to the bowling alley area through a glass door. Upon the completion of the renovations, the two will be completely accessible and visible to one another with no more walls in between them.
The renovations will create a “way different vibe,” Lanning said. “We’re really excited for the restaurant.”
But bowlers and gamers don’t have to wait until September to enjoy Bristol’s Sparetime. The facility was closed for six weeks and reopened in June, with all 22 bowling lanes being upgraded and new lounge-style booth seating being installed. The center also has a whole new lighting system that is capable of a number of different lighting schemes, including a variety of colors for certain themes.
“It makes it look more personable,” Lanning said.
The laser tag arena also underwent renovations and now features a “Jurassic World” theme. This includes hand-painted dinosaurs and other props. The new arena also now allows for up to three teams, previously only being able to handle two.
“The arena looks great,” Lanning said. “It really looks great in there.”
The arcade also features all new games, including a virtual reality one. Of all the Sparetime locations throughout Connecticut and other states, the Bristol location is the only one with virtual reality. The game costs $7 for five minutes, and can be played by as many as four people at one time. The themes include hunting zombies, a dance off and others.
“Everyone seems to love it,” Lanning said.
Sparetime in Bristol is very amenable to birthdays and other group events, including office parties, holiday gatherings, team-building and others. It’s as simple as booking an event online at sparetimeentertainment.com/Bristol.
Lanning said the facility prides itself on providing a party host, so that parents or whoever booked an event can enjoy themselves and let someone else handle all of the work.
Sparetime also offers a number of different promotions and specials throughout the year. During the summer, families can pay a flat fee and bowl two games every day. They only have to pay for shoe rentals with each visit, which cost $4.50 per person.
Half-off Tuesdays slice the cost of arcade games and laser tag by 50% every week.
“It doubles your money,” Lanning said.
Sparetime also runs a special just about every night after a certain hour that allows guests to bowl as much as they can for the rest of the night. Anyone interested in the facility’s specials and promotions can register on its website for free for VIP Access, which alerts users to deals and provides $10 of free arcade play each month and for your birthday.
Sparetime also picks a different arcade game to feature as the “game of the week,” making it half-priced for seven days.
For more information about Sparetime in Bristol, visit its website at sparetimeentertainment.com/Bristol or follow them on Facebook or Instagram.
Justin Muszynski can be reached at 860-973-1809 or firstname.lastname@example.org.