At one time, bowling was considered a blue-collar sport, one that consisted of smoky bowling alleys and constant leagues taking up all the lanes. However, bowling has made a big comeback, and while league play is still important, many alleys are more open to the younger crowds, looking for good music, great drinks and a fun night out with friends. There are a ton of places to bowl in the DFW area, including long-standing nationwide franchises. However, there is also a great number of locally owned DFW spots for late-night bowling as well.
167 Turtle Creek Blvd, Suite 103
Dallas, TX 75207
(214) 741-7737
www.bowlounge.comBowlounge is a locally-owned bowling alley in the DFW area that was created by three partners from the Dallas area who opened the bowling alley because they missed the great classic Bronco Bowl. The bowling alley has 12 lanes with retro equipment, a restaurant with great food, and a 75-foot bar that makes just about anything a person wants to drink. Bowlounge is open from Sunday through Thursday from 11 a.m. until midnight and on weekends from 11 a.m. until 2 a.m., for a perfect late night bowling experience.

USA Bowl
10920 Composite Drive
Dallas, TX 75220
(214) 358-1382
www.usabowldallas.comUSA Bowl is open seven days a week, opening each day at 10 a.m. and closing at 11 p.m. on Sunday trough Thursday and 1 a.m. on Friday and Saturday for late night bowling fun in the DFW area. They offer hourly lane rentals for bowlers, making them a nicely affordable bet for smaller parties, while also holding numerous leagues and tournaments year-round as well. USA Bowl has 58 lanes, meaning there is always room to bowl, and offers disco nights as well, with a cafe and a bar for entertainment.

Bowl & Barrel
8084 Park Lane Suite 145
Dallas, TX 75231
(214) 363-2695
www.bowlandbarrel.comBowl & Barrel has locations in Dallas and San Antonio and offers bowling fun every day of the year except for Thanksgiving and Christmas Day. The best thing about late night bowling at Bowl & Barrel is that, after 7 p.m., visitors must be 18 to enter without an adult. The hours of the bowling alley see them open at 11 a.m. every day and close at midnight on weeknights and 2 a.m. on weekends. The lanes are limited, so they prefer people reserve lanes, although walk-ins are welcome if there are any open lanes. There is also an American tavern and a beer hall for adult entertainment.

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Cowtown Bowling Palace
4333 River Oaks Blvd
Fort Worth, TX 76114
(817) 624-2151
www.cowtownbowling.comHead over to Fort Worth for the Cowtown Bowling Palace, which advertises that kids bowl free. They offer the cosmic bowling experience where they kill the lights and crank up the music for late night bowling entertainment in the DFW area. They also offer leagues, parties for adults and kids, and much more through the week. The Cowtown Bowling Palace is open from 9 a.m. until midnight seven days a week. There is also a bar for adult cocktails.

Allen Bowl
1011 S. Greenville Ave.
Allen, TX 75002
(972) 727-9108
www.allenbowl.comAllen Bowl is a family owned and operated bowling alley in Allen, Texas. They are not open quite as late as others, only until 11 p.m. on weeknights and 12:30 a.m. on weekends, but that is still a nice late hour of entertainment for friends wanting to bowl late nights on the weekends. There are 24 lanes in this bowling alley and they also feature a game and party room with basketball tosses, air hockey, pool tables, and much more. Every Saturday night, Allen Bowl offers glow bowling from 10:30 p.m. until close for just $15.

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Shawn S. Lealos is a freelance writer who graduated from the University of Oklahoma in 2000 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism. He writes for a variety of national publications and has over 15 years of sports journalism experience. Follow Shawn on Twitter @sslealos.