Bowling alleys are the perfect place to go when it’s hot out and you want to enjoy some quality time with friends and family. You can make it competitive or just keep it casual, play in teams or go it alone, and there’s usually an arcade game or two for variety and added fun. If you’re on the hunt for the best places to go bowling in Houston, take a look at our list below.
Top Houston Bowling Alleys
1. Palace Social
The Palace Social, formerly known as Palace Bowling, is an entertainment powerhouse. While Palace Bowling was a great spot for bowling, the recent redesign has made the Palace Social an excellent place to visit for bowling fans who are also interested in restaurant-quality food and a sprawling arcade.
Where: 4191 Bellaire Blvd Suite 150, Houston, TX 77025
2. Times Square Entertainment
If you’re looking for a great value in the Katy area, Times Square Entertainment is your best bet. This bowling alley regularly has specials like $2 per person bowling or $18 for unlimited bowling, laser tag, and billiards. Depending on the night, you may be looking at a longer wait time, but this alley has been around a long time for a reason: it’s solid, dependable, and affordable.
Where: 402 W Grand Pkwy S #110, Katy, TX 77494
3. Main Event
Main Event is part of a chain of arcade and bowling alleys. Expect a family-friendly party vibe with laser tag, arcade games, and of course, bowling. Enjoy standard bowling alley fare like burgers, fries, onion rings, etc. served at your table.
Where: 12626 Fountain Lake Cir, Stafford, TX 77477
4. Emerald Bowl
Emerald Bowl is a small, casual bowling alley more suited to people who just want a comfortable and low-key bowling experience. The aesthetic is much less modern–don’t expect flashing lights and laser tag here–which makes it a great choice for bowlers who prefer a more classic bowling experience. The prices are affordable with specials on off-peak nights. The concession stand serves pizza, fried chicken, and other common bowling alley food.
Where: 9307 Boone Rd, Houston, TX 77099
5. Copperfield Bowl
Copperfield Bowl is another more low-key bowling alley. If you’re looking for a few hours of straightforward bowling Copperfield is more likely to be your speed. It’s the alley of choice for quite a few competitive bowlers for that reason. This alley has been around for decades, though it has been renovated to keep it in tip-top shape for bowlers. Prices are generally affordable, but keep an eye out for special deals like $2 bowling on slower nights. Food options include pizza, hot wings, and quesadillas.
Where: 15615 Glen Chase Dr, Houston, TX 77095
Bowlero is considered one of the best places to go bowling in Houston because of its ambience. While it has bright lights, good music, and a mini-arcade area, Bowlero is still focused on bowling. For people who might be looking for the best of both worlds between the old-fashioned, no-frills bowling alley and the mega-funplex, check out Bowlero. Be warned that prices run a little higher here than at a standard bowling alley.
Where: 925 Bunker Hill Rd, Houston, TX 77024
7. Dave & Busters
Dave & Busters is a tried-and-true bowling and arcade option. You can take advantage of unlimited game cards, visit the arcades, order food (think burgers, wings, fries–standard American), and just have a good time. Also, Dave & Busters is as suited for adult parties as it is for kids’ parties thanks to a well-stocked bar.
Where: 7620 Katy Fwy #100, Houston, TX 77024
8. Bowl & Barrel
Bowl & Barrel is an upscale bowling alley with a full-sized in-house restaurant. The alley is on the smaller side with 14 lanes, so you won’t have to contend with huge crowds, but you also may prefer things more spread out. The food is top-notch–the menu includes options like empanadas and crab hushpuppies, and the restaurant carries a selection of local craft beers. As bowling alleys in Houston go, this one skews to a more adult crowd, although kids are certainly welcome.
Where: 797 Sorella Ct Ste 118, Houston, TX 77024
9. Del Mar Lanes
Del Mar Lanes has 20 years of experiences hosting families and leagues. League bowlers are, in fact, a key part of their clientele. If you’re interested in joining a seasonal league, this might be a place to start looking. You can also look here to take bowling lessons or purchase pro-bowling equipment. Keep an eye out for specials like buy an hour, get one free. Customers love the comfy seating and the attentive service.
Where: 3020 Mangum Rd, Houston, TX 77092
10. Armadilla Lanes II
Armadilla Lanes II is an affordable, small-scale bowling alley with good opportunities for bowling lessons, league bowling, and affordable just-for-fun bowling. It’s on the older side, so it’s a great spot if you prefer no-frills bowling. Keep in mind that they tend to have league bowling most nights, so you should call ahead to check for availability.
Where: 10055 Fuqua St, Houston, TX 77089
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