Are you ready for some bowling, Atlanta?? Taking on the kingpin is a great rainy/cold weather activity with the kids, but it is also a fun group date night with the adults. Here’s the scoop on Atlanta’s best bowling alleys, what they’re like, and which one fits your personality best.
Bowlero locations include Norcross, Marietta, Columbus and the newest location in Kennesaw. Bowlero is billed as “immersive entertainment” with a vintage feel and tons of exciting options. Try blacklight bowling, an interactive arcade, indoor ropes course, pool, foos-ball, and laser tag. Don’t miss the ’65 Ford Mustang and a ’68 Chevy Camaro at the Kennesaw location (#photoop)
My boys love their s’Mores Skillet, and the signature Behemoth Burger—a 5-lb, 14-inch-round party burger named one of America’s top burgers- is great for a party! Oh – and drinks. We can’t forget cocktails!
The Painted Pin
I’d be lying if I didn’t admit, The Painted Pin is my favorite bowling location in the city. There’s only one, and it’s at Miami Circle in Buckhead. The kids are welcome on Sat and Sun before 5pm, but other than that, it’s 21+ only. Bowl (with food and drinks if you desire) for $35 per hour ($25 on weekdays,) but don’t leave after that! When your hour is up, grab your drink and head to the games section where everything is free. Try bocce ball, hoops, skee-ball, skittles, ping-pong and more.
Huge, comfy Chesterfield sofas. Red velvet curtains. Killer food and drinks. This upscale watering hole isn’t like any bowling alley you’ve visited before.
Bowlmor is owned by the same family as Bowlero, so you can expect the same great entertainment and food options. There’s only one in the city (Savoy Dr.) and the Atlanta Falcons have name it a “First-Class Bowling Venue.” You’ve got blacklight lanes, a full arcade, and plenty of space for a private party.
Bowlmor is your special party headquarters, with tons of specials almost every day of the week. Try discounts on Mondays, happy hour specials weekdays 4-7pm, $2 Tuesdays, College Night on Thursdays, late-night discounts on Fridays and on Sundays after 6pm!
No surprise; Midtown Bowl is in the heart of Midtown, near Monroe and Piedmont. They’ve been serving Atlanta since 1960, keeping up with the changing time but preserving the best of the past. You won’t find crazy flashing lights or new-fangled arcade games…but you will find super friendly service, a full bar (with TONS of beer in cold bottles,) and lots of fun.
Billed as the largest indoor entertainment facility in the US, Slingshot offers (among many many other things) BOWLING at Peachtree Corners. Aside from your normal 10-pin bowling, there 20 other bowling games available for families, and it’s all included with General Admission.
What else? The world’s largest ninja playground, 100% electric go karts, a 3 story netted play structure and more than 50 arcade games, a 30-ft jump pillow…oh, and a full bar. Whew. That’s awesome.
Funtime Bowl Atlanta
Head to Brookhaven on Buford Highway for bowling the way it used to be. Their FUNtime option d’jour is Cosmic Bowling – every Friday and Saturday with blacklight and glow lanes. Pricing are some of the cheapest in the city, so this is a great place to bring the kids…and then head over to 8 Fahrenheit afterward for a fun treat.
Main Event offers three Atlanta locations – Alpharetta, Atlanta (near Smyrna,) and Suwanee. Main Event is a full-service entertainment venue, with games, bowling, laser tag and a ropes course. I like to think of Bowlero/Bowlmor as a bowling alley that happens to have games, and Main Event as a game center that happens to have bowling.
Stars and Strikes
Stars and Strikes has a large number of Georgia locations including Augusta, Cumming, Dacula, Dallas, Loganville, Mall of Georgia, Sandy Springs, Stone Mountain, Woodstock and Columbus. In fact, they’re a Georgia-based business. I have found that the quality of the location varies greatly. I know Rachel at CummingLocal adores the location in her area, but the Dallas location really disappointed us.
The Comet Pub & Lanes
Truth time; I haven’t visited The Comet. But, according to Eater, this replaced Suburban Games last summer and it’s worth a visit to this refurbished 1950s treasure. There’s no flashy disco ball, and no arcade – this is a place for bowling connoisseurs who love a good meal. Try the build-your-own burger with local White Oak Pastures beef and a micro-brew while trying your hand at shuffleboard or darts.
Dave and Busters
Thanks to My Atlanta Moms Club for the heads-up on this one. The Dave & Buster in Lawrenceville has bowling!! Blacklight bowling is an option, with a video wall showing music videos while you roll, drink and dine.
Finally – when summer rolls around, don’t forget all the Kids Bowl Free opportunities! So much fun when the sun is blazing!
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After 18 years in software development, Lesli bailed on the corporate scene. When she’s not traveling, she’s hiking in the mountains or checking out Atlanta’s culinary scene, whiskey in hand.
Lesli has two kiddos -Cooper and Elliot- plus two bonus kids currently at UGA, and she’s happily married to her soul mate.