The Bowlarama is a bowling alley in Springfield. It is owned by Barney Gumble's Uncle, Al Gumble. The Bowlarama was burned down when a fire in downtown Springfield destroyed it, alongside Springfield Symphony Hall, the Springfield Museum of Natural History, and the Springfield Arts Center. However, it was rebuilt quickly, and subsequently destroyed in other episodes, and also "moved" to the top of a mountain in Hurricane Neddy. The church sermons were held here after Homer won a court case to own the First Church of Springfield. Mr. Burns, when planning his Sun Blocker plan shortly after firing Waylon Smithers, also implied that he intended to take down the Bowlarama as a rival by stamping on a model of it and yelling "Take that, Bowlarama!"
Every week, they had a league night, which includes various teams of four bowlers each., as shown in the episode Team Homer.
Known Bowling Teams
- The Pin Pals is a team that consists of Homer and his pals.
- The Holy Rollers is a team that consists of religious characters. They dress up like monks and have a choir.
- The Channel 6 Wastelanders is a team that consists of media personalities.
- The DMV Kings is a team that consists of DMV Employees.
- The Stereotypes is a team that consists of stereotypical characters (who were just dying to have Apu on their team, but Apu declined)
- The Home Wreckers is a team that consists of secondary characters that affected Homer and Marge's marriage in some way.
Homer worked as a 'pin monkey' at Barney's Bowlarama for a brief period shortly before Maggie was born. Working at a bowling alley was Homer's lifelong dream. Previously, he worked at the Springfield Nuclear Power Plant, but he just worked there to pay off all of his debt. As soon as he paid everything off, he quit his job and asked Barney if he could get him a job. Barney turns around and asks his uncle, who then fires Barney and gives Homer his job. Homer just started enjoying his new life, with no debt, two kids, a beautiful wife, until he heard Marge was pregnant with Maggie. His heart sank and it forced him to quit his new job and crawl through Mr. Burns' wall to get his job back in Sector 7G. He would also go on to bowl a perfect 300 game here.
- Episode – "Moaning Lisa" (Mentioned on radio. Only appearance of original Barney's Bowlarama)
- Episode – "Life on the Fast Lane"
- Episode – "Colonel Homer"
- Episode – "The Last Temptation of Homer"
- Episode – "Homer vs. the Eighteenth Amendment"
- Episode – "And Maggie Makes Three"
- Episode – "Team Homer"
- Episode – "Hurricane Neddy"
- Episode – "Hello Gutter, Hello Fadder"
- Episode – "A Hunka Hunka Burns in Love"
- Episode – "Poppa's Got a Brand New Badge"
- Episode – "He Loves to Fly and He D'ohs"
- Episode – "Penny-Wiseguys"
- Episode – "The Girl Code" ("Spring Field" Intro)
- Video game – The Simpsons Road Rage
- Video game – The Simpsons: Hit and Run
- Video game – Tapped Out
- Video game – LEGO Dimensions
- The Simpsons Movie
- In real life, Bowlarama is a ten-pin bowling alley in Wetherill Park, a western suburb of Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. They have a wall painting of Homer Simpson bowling, with Marge, Maggie, Bart, Lisa, Moe and Apu and Mr. Burns on the side.
- The "Barney's" sign resembles the logo from the Barney (Barney & Friends) franchise.