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Best Bowling Alleys For A Night Out In DFW

Thanks to a new wave of trendy bowling alleys, the game has been making a huge comeback. Everything from retro chic furnishings and cool music to gourmet munchies and craft cocktails is turning what used to be a blue collar sport into a totally hipster experience attracting a new generation of fans. Whether it's a corporate event, a family outing or just a night out with friends, these hip DFW bowling destinations are truly one of a kind.

Bowl and Barrel
8084 Park Lane, Suite 145
Dallas, TX 75231
(214) 363-2695

Bowl and Barrel is the first bowling alley in the metroplex to take the game to an entirely new level. Exposed brick, dark woods and leather banquettes create an upscale ambiance—perfect for sipping on a tasty craft cocktail and munching on fried quail while you toss out a few balls. With 15 bowling lanes utilizing the latest Qubica/AMF bowling equipment and a killer sound system to keep the vibe energetic, you need not be a pro to be thoroughly entertained. Whether it's for a night out on the town, a private shindig or your kid's birthday party, you can get the balls rolling for $30 an hour weekdays and $50 an hour during weekends.


167 Turtle Creek Blvd.
Dallas, TX 75207
(214) 741-7737

What can be better than a night of burgers, booze and bowling at a vintage bowling alley housed in a converted warehouse? Besides the 12 full-length bowling lanes complete with automatic scoring, there's a wide selection of beer, craft cocktails and a tasty food menu prepared by the Twisted Root Burger Co. Bowl all day during the week for $4.75 per person, per game or for $6.80 during the evenings and on weekends.

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Allen Bowl
1011 S. Greenville Ave.
Allen, TX 75002
(972) 727-9108

For decades, this family-owned bowling center has been offering everything from bowling by the game to leagues and tournaments for all ages and abilities. With 24 lanes that include automatic bumpers for the kids, everyone can score a strike. Looking for some excitement on Saturday night? Check out the glow bowling under black lights from 10:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. for only $15 a person. Fuel your game with  delicious burgers and brews from Kesler's Bar & Grill. Weekday rates are $3.75 per person and $4.50 each on evenings and weekends. Or for $17 and up, you can rent a lane for the entire crew.

Alley Cats
2008 W. Pleasant Ridge Road
Arlington, TX 76015
(817) 784-2695

This 40,000-square-foot entertainment mecca has something that will appeal to people of all ages. Strike away on the 22 lanes set beneath cosmic lighting and huge video screens. And wait, there's more—from laser tag, rock climbing and billiards to an arcade filled with interactive games. When it's time to chill out, cozy up on one of the comfortable couches and order up your favorite drinks and food to get your energy flowing again. Weekday prices start at $22.99 per hour and go up to $32.99 for evenings and on weekends.

1290 E. Interstate 30
Rockwall, TX 75087
(972) 722-1133

There's something for everyone at this enormous entertainment venue that features 24 bowling lanes, as well as an indoor electric go kart arena, bounce houses, arcade games and black light mini-golf. There's also a two-story laser tag complex modeled after a Cambodian temple. Hang out in the chic Z Lounge as you bowl and sip martinis or relax on one of the plush lane-side couches while you strike a pose on the main lanes. While you're at it, sample a selection of decadent drinks and delectable food, like a hand-crafted Monte Cristo or Hawaiian chicken. Prices start at $4.75 a game or $25.99 an hour during weekdays and from $31.99 an hour for evenings and on weekends.

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Ilene Jacobs is a freelance writer living in Dallas, Texas. Ilene enjoys writing about a variety of topics, ranging from food, fitness and travel, to kids, pets and senior care. You can find some of her work at


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