Though there are apps and online games that simulate this popular sport, there's nothing like heading to a real bowling alley for a game or three with friends. In Orange County, many lanes offer late-night bowling specials, complete with unlimited lane time for one set price. Some venues get exceptionally creative, adding karaoke, live music and/or laser effects to the game. Bowling doesn't have to be your first destination when going out, but the following lanes can make it a great way to close out the night.
3415 Michelson Drive
Irvine, CA 92612
Irvine Lanes is available for parties, corporate team-building activities and special events such as Bar/Bat Mitzvahs. When it's time for Galaxy Bowling, though, things get rather interesting. Using a combination of music and special effects, this alley sheds a new light on the classic game. Galaxy Bowling occurs on Tuesdays from 9 p.m. to Midnight, and on Fridays and Saturdays from 10 p.m. to 1 a.m. Whether you want to make a trip of it, or you live close to Irvine, you'll undoubtedly have some great late night fun here.
2405 Park Ave.
Tustin, CA 92782
While other venues host late-night bowling on the weekends, Bowlmor Lanes offers Monday Mayhem at the start of the work week. For around $15, you get unlimited bowling plus shoe rental from 8 p.m. until 1 a.m. They also offer special prices on appetizers and drinks during this timeframe. If other activities are of interest to members of your group, arcade cards are available at a discount. After a tough Monday at work or school, make sure to check out Bowlmor after dark for a great time!
22771 Centre Drive
Lake Forest, CA 92630
It is no cosmic coincidence that Forest Lanes is a popular spot on Friday and Saturday nights. Their Cosmic Bowling nights feature disco lights and fog with some great music to accompany your game. If you are planning to come out on the weekend, make sure to reserve two lanes through their website as it does become quite busy. The fun starts at 9:30 p.m. on Fridays and 4 p.m. on Saturdays at Forest Lanes. Lane fees are reasonable priced per hour, and if you really want to make it a late night, your group can bowl from Midnight to 2 a.m. on Fridays ($10 per person) and 11 p.m. to 2 a.m. on Saturdays ($11 per person).
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25402 Marguerite Parkway
Mission Viejo, CA 92692
Missing your Cosmic Bowling fix during the week? Saddleback Lanes in Mission Viejo can fill that void every day except Wednesday. Looking for a weekend bargain? You and your group can bowl for $11 per person starting at 11:00 p.m. on Saturday; on Sunday, the cost is $15 an hour for the lane starting at 9 p.m. With other specials during the week, this family-oriented bowling center is the place to go.
3364 E. La Palma Avenue
Anaheim, CA 92806
Though a bit off the beaten path, it's easy to find some late-night bowling fun. Cosmic Bowling is available throughout the week, but it gets better over the weekend with a DJ beginning at 9:30 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. If you are just in the mood to chill out, Kingpin's Bar & Grill inside the complex has good food and drinks.
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