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Best Bowling Alleys For A Night Out In Baltimore

Young, old, couple or group, you can plan an entire fun evening around bowling. With late-night hours on weekends, the entertainment can easily extend for hours as one game turns into three. But sometimes bowling just gets thrown into the mix after having drinks at the bar or dinner at a restaurant. Whether you're planning in advance or bowling on the fly, don't strike out looking for the best bowling alleys on your night out in Baltimore. This list has something for everyone from cosmic bowling to unbeatable food and drink specials that will keep you bowling until you drop.
Mustang Alleys has eight 10-pin lanes and four duckpin lanes. (Credit:

Mustang Alley's Bar, Bowling and Bistro
1300 Bank St.
Baltimore, Md. 21231
(410) 522-2695

Pickled onion rings to start the night out and 12 full-service bowling lanes to end it – Mustang Alley's has everything under one roof so you can eat, drink and bowl until the early morning hours. Each lane accommodates up to six people and shoe rental is included in the hourly rate of $45. Since this place can get crowded on weekends, it's worth making a reservation in advance to ensure your party gets a lane. Also, after 7 p.m. the alley is strictly for guests 21 and older, but all ages are welcome to dine at the bistro any time of day.

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Stoneleigh Lanes
6703 York Road
Baltimore, Md. 21212
(410) 377-8115

Stoneleigh Lanes is a local bowling alley that's a strike above the rest when it comes to evening entertainment from adult birthday parties to wedding receptions. On Tuesdays, the alley hosts "College ID Night" from 7 p.m. until close for university students seeking a night out to relax and unwind. Fridays are "Karaoke/Rock 'n' Bowl," which as the name suggests, invites singers and wannabes to liven up the evening with some karaoke tunes. Finally on Saturday nights, it's "Band Night/Rock 'n' Bowl" with local bands providing musical entertainment for bowlers until 1 a.m.

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Shake & Bake Family Fun Center
1601 Pennsylvania Ave.
Baltimore, Md. 21217
(410) 669-9100

For more than 30 years, the Shake & Bake Family Fun Center has been attracting young and old bowlers for a fun, unforgettable night out. Starting Thursdays with a 25-and-older crowd is "Rock & Glow" with a thrilling neon and blacklight experience. Or enjoy dinner and bowling with Fridays' all-you-can-eat pizza from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Another perk of this center is that indoor skating is offered, so this can be a great option to accommodate larger groups. Be sure to visit the website as coupons are available offering added value for groups or couples.

Glen Burnie Bowl

Glen Burnie Bowl
6233 Ritchie Highway
Glen Burnie, Md. 21061
(410) 636-3517

Bowl until 1 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays at Glen Burnie Bowl, which has 30 lanes, an arcade and a snack bar. Galaxy bowling is offered both nights and the $13-per-person rate include shoe rentals. Adults have the option to purchase draft and bottled beer, as well as wine coolers from the snack bar, and both adults and kids will enjoy snacking on nachos or pizza to refuel during their bowling session. Families looking for a special night out should inquire about the alley's "Nachos, Pins & Pepsi" or "Pizza, Pins & Pepsi" deals, which bundle bowling with food and drinks.

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Brunswick Zone
8419 Baltimore National Pike
Ellicott City, Md. 21043
(410) 465-0355

Whether bar hopping or filling the need for an adventure takes you out west on Route 40, Brunswick Zone has both family and adult fun packed into one alley. There are 32 lanes with widescreen scoring TVs, plus billiards, arcade games, a lounge and a snack bar to make the time fly by. From Monday through Thursday, bring out the group for bowl till you drop – one low rate for bowling from 9 p.m. to close and just $1 shoe rentals. For that one-of-a-kind bowling experience, stop by on Fridays when the alley gets packed for cosmic bowling.

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Keri Ann Beazell is a Baltimore writer following the latest developments in arts and culture, natural wonders, lifestyle and pets. She enjoys promoting thought-provoking discussions, education, new ideas and smiles among readers. Follow her online at

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