A recent study by the Physical Activity Council lists bowling as the fourth most popular sport and activity in the United States. While millions of Americans bowl in leagues and tournaments, even more people enjoy bowling as a social event. It’s easy and, in many cases, inexpensive to roll up on your local bowling alley and play a couple games with family and friends. Late-night bowling has become a popular stop for Atlantans following dinner or a sporting event. Try these Atlanta bowling alleys to roll strikes and gutterballs.
The Painted Pin
737 Miami Circle N.E.
Atlanta, GA 30324
(404) 814-8736
www.thepaintedpin.com

If upscale late-night bowling is the order of the day, you can’t do much better than The Painted Pin. Twenty lanes are enough to entertain your group, especially when you throw in the video games, bocce ball and shuffleboard. This is a one-stop shopping spot for a night out in Atlanta. The menu includes small plates, salads and fresh tacos. Try the various local and craft beers sold at the well stocked bar. The Painted Pin is no “gutterball,” as it’s a prime and modern entertainment venue that offers tons of fun.

Funtime Bowl Atlanta
3285 Buford Highway
Atlanta, GA 30329
(404) 636-7548
www.funtimebowl.com

Located in Northeast Plaza on Buford Highway, Funtime Bowl offers 24 well manicured lanes with automated scoring and a snack bar that offers everything your group needs. Funtime is open until 2 a.m. on Friday and Saturday, and “Cosmic Bowling” takes over on the weekend nights. Funtime also has game and party rooms for your special occasion or event. Funtime Bowl is non-stop fun.

Bowlmor Atlanta
2175 Savoy Drive
Atlanta, GA 30341
(770) 451-8605
www.bowlmor.com

Bowlmor is more than a bowling alley; it’s a nightclub and late night hot spot. Visitors to Bowlmor will find 39 back-lit lanes, an arcade and a bonus private seven lane suite for parties and events. Bowlmor also offers free Wi-Fi, a sports bar and a menu that includes snacks, burgers, salads, tacos and more. Bowlmore is open until midnight during the week and the wee hours of the morning on weekends. Bring all your friends, and get ready to bowl and have a great time at Bowlmor.

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Tech Rec
350 Ferst Drive, NW
Atlanta, GA 30332
(404) 894-2829
www.studentcenter.gatech.edu

With eight lanes, numerous bowling leagues and a stacked game room, Tech Rec is where Georgia Tech students and their guests spend many hours. Tech Rec offers affordable pricing, shoe rentals and socks. Foosball is free, and in between bowling, you can play table tennis for $2 per game.

Midtown Bowl
1936 Piedmont Circle
Atlanta, GA 30324
(404) 874-5703
www.midtownbowl.com

Iconic Midtown Bowl on Piedmont Circle has been a late night bowling tradition in Atlanta since 1960. Midtown Bowl is open daily and until 3 a.m., Thursdays through Saturdays, so stop by on your way home from the clubs. Midtown Bowl’s 32 lanes are smoke-free and in perfect condition, so there is no excuse for that gutterball. A food menu that includes popcorn, fries, burgers and pizzas is complimented by a fully stocked bar. The well trained staff here will also cater your party or bowling event. Sure, Midtown Bowl is open for the late night crowd, but it’s also a great place to hold your next birthday party or corporate event.

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