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.
Let’s get ready to bowl in Atlanta, Georgia!
Bowlero locations include Atlantic Station, Norcross, Marietta, Columbus, and Kennesaw. Bowlero is billed as an “immersive entertainment center” with a vintage feel and many exciting options. Try blacklight bowling, an interactive arcade/virtual reality, indoor ropes course, pool, foosball, 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 6-lb, 14-inch-round party burger named one of America’s top burgers- is great for a party or sharing! 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 Saturdays and Sundays ONLY before 5:00 p.m., but other than that, it’s 21+ only. Bowling lanes (with food and drinks if you desire) for $60 per hour on the weekends/$50 per hour on weeknights, 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. This would be a great spot for an adult birthday party.
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 named 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 select days such as Sunday Funday with $3.99 games after 6:00 p.m., Monday Mayhem, College Night, special offers for First Responders, and more!
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.
Incorporated in July 2018 Nitro Zone (formerly known as Slingshot Entertainment) is Atlanta’s premier Family Entertainment Complex! Located in Norcross, Georgia, the 127,000 SQ foot facility offers Bowling, SuperKarts & an Action Zone.
Fourteen bowling lanes provide a fun experience for every guest and are an awesome activity for friends, families, and groups! In the Nitro Zone bowling alley, each bowling lane has an interactive touch screen that allows you to play 20 different, fully integrated bowling games in addition to traditional games of 10-pin bowling.
The newly-renovated Action Zone is home to our Trampoline Park, Net Maze, Bazooka Ball and the World’s largest indoor Ninja Warrior course! Food and full-service bar! Nitro Zone has something for every member of the family. We are the perfect place for any party, corporate event or night out!
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 have many 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 Cumming Local 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. The Comet is located in the former Suburban Lanes space, a 1950’s era bowling alley that served the Decatur and surrounding area for close to 60 years.
Remodeled and renamed in early 2016, The Comet retains much of the glory of its original splendor while adding a few new touches that reflect more modern sensibilities. 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.
PUNCH BOWL SOCIAL
Located in The Battery Atlanta entertainment close to Truist Park, Punch Bowl Social Atlanta has what you need to take the game to the next level.
There is 25,000 square feet of awesomeness including multiple bars, virtual reality, ping pong, billiards, bowling, classic arcade games, craft beers and beverages, and kickin’ food.
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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