Let the good times roll: 7 of the best bowling alleys in metro Atlanta

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In the mood for some good ol’ bowling? Whether you’re looking for a bowling alley with a traditional family-friendly feel or something more high-end, you’ll find a place that everyone will enjoy at one of these Atlanta-area spots.

Put on your bowling shoes and get ready to knock down some pins or strike out, cause you’re just that good! Oh, and don’t forget to add the bumpers if you need them. Whatever your skill level may be, we guarantee you’ll have a ball.

Midtown Bowl

Meet Atlanta’s oldest bowling alley, Midtown Bowl, which opened in 1960 and has been a local signature bowling hub for the last 62 years. It features 32 bowling lanes, a private event space that accommodates up to 400 people, and has a great mother and son team that’s been leading the kitchen for the last 12 years serving a delicious food and drink selection (with over 200 beers!). This classic spot is cash-free, open late and perfect for all ages, definitely worth a visit for some fun.

Location: Midtown - 1936 Piedmont Cir. NE; Website: midtownbowl.com; Contact: 404-874-5703

The Painted Pin

The Painted Pin is a boutique bowling and entertainment bar experience like no other and simply could not be left off this list. Nestled inside of an industrial warehouse space in Miami Circle, they offer 20 bowling lanes with the most elegant couches you will probably ever see at a bowling alley. Apart from bowling, there’s a variety of interactive pub games such as bocce ball, bimini ring game, shuffleboard, skeeball and more. Their menu is on another level from fried oyster sliders to mahi tacos and everything in between, everyone will find something they’ll love with a specially curated craft cocktail to top it off.

Note: 21+ except for Saturdays and Sundays before 5 p.m.

Location: Buckhead - 737 Miami Cir. NE; Website: thepaintedpin.com; Contact: 404-814-8736

The Painted Duck

From the same team behind The Painted Pin, comes another variation that brings Atlantans the unique and refined experience of duckpin bowling with The Painted Duck. Unlike traditional bowling, duckpin bowling includes smaller pins and bowling balls that allow players three rolls per turn instead of the usual two. This upscale bowling alley (with a massive chandelier inside) has so much to offer aside from duckpin bowling, there’s also Belgian feather bowling and plenty of interactive games like shuffleboard, knuckleball, air hockey, snook ball (a hybrid sport mixing pool and soccer), basketball shootout, toad in hole and horseshoe pits. Be sure to come hungry because there’s an extensive food and drink menu where you can even order a whole roasted Peking duck.

Note: 21+ except for Saturdays and Sundays before 5 p.m.

Location: Midtown - 976 Brady Ave. NW; Website: thepaintedduckatl.com; Contact: 404-352-0048

Punch Bowl Social

Want to stick around The Battery after a Braves game? Punch Bowl Social is a great spot to grab some drinks and get your bowling game on. There’s a lot to do here from bowling to karaoke, arcade games and virtual reality, you’ll have a full night of fun with ping pong, giant Jenga, board games, foosball and more. Offering brunch, lunch, late-night snacks, craft cocktails and more, this vibrant spot will certainly keep you busy with all of its entertainment options.

Note: 21+ after 10 p.m.

Location: Cobb - 875 Battery Ave. SE, Suite 720; Website: punchbowlsocial.com; Contact: 470-443-1443

Comet Pub and Lanes

Over in Decatur, Comet Pub & Lanes just recently celebrated their sixth anniversary and aren’t slowing down anytime soon. Opened in 2016, The Comet took over the space that once housed the 1950′s-era bowling alley, Suburban Lanes. Although it has since been remodeled, this modern bowling alley still boasts some vintage 50′s vibes with its Brunswick bowling equipment, maintaining that traditional feel. Offering a classic menu with nachos, quesadillas, pizzas and burgers, Comet Pub & Lanes is a cozy neighborhood bowling alley that’s ideal for the whole family.

Note: 21+ after 10 p.m.

Location: Decatur - 1458 Church St., Suite E; Website: cometpubandlanes.com; Contact: 470-225-1931

Nitro Zone Indoor Fun Park

Nitro Zone in Norcross is the ultimate family entertainment center that’s jam-packed with fun activities for everyone. They have 14 bowling lanes with interactive touch screens that feature up to 20 different bowling games as well as the classic 10-pin bowling game. Aside from bowling, they offer indoor go-karts, a trampoline park, arcade games, a rope maze, bazooka ball and the “world’s largest indoor Ninja Warrior course” (designed by a former American Ninja Warrior!). Whether you’re planning your kid’s birthday party, a night out, or just a fun afternoon for the whole family, there’s something for everyone here.

Location: Norcross - 6344 Cash Ct. NW; Website: nitrozone.com; Contact: 470-636-3230

Fowling Warehouse

Calling all football fans! Have you ever heard of Fowling? Last but not least on our list is “the original football bowling pin game” that you can try out for yourself at Fowling Warehouse over in Westside ATL. Founder Chris Hutt was equally obsessed with both bowling and football and decided to create a game that was a perfect mashup of the two. Basically, football + bowling = Fowling. While they don’t serve food here, they do allow you to have food delivered and they do have a great drink selection to choose from. Grab a football and take a look at the official rules of this unique game so you’ll be ready to play!

Location: Northeast Atlanta - 1356 English St. NW; Website: fowlingwarehouse.com; Contact: 470-491-3695

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