Good times are rolling

Fort Worth suburb strikes it big with cool new bowling-entertainment spot

Fort Worth suburb strikes it big with cool new bowling spot

Bowlero Watauga bowling alley
Bowlero brings a new nightlife option to Watauga. Photo courtesy of Bowlero

Watauga is the fun new bowling 'burb of Fort Worth, thanks to Bowlero, the glittering bowling-entertainment complex opening March 23.

The tired, old Brunswick Zone Watauga Lanes has undergone a top-to-bottom transformation "from a fluorescent-lit alley into a sleek, warm, and intimate environment, featuring 40 blacklight bowling lanes with high-def video walls and an interactive arcade," a release says. "The chic new venue will bring Watauga residents the ultimate entertainment experience."

The newly revamped, 25,000-square-foot-venue boasts a retro-inspired design with next-level details like vintage light fixtures, rich Herringbone-patterned floors, and dramatic wall graphics. (Descriptors more typically associated with luxury homes, not bowling alleys.)

Forty signature blacklight bowling lanes incorporate floor-to-ceiling, high-definition video screens that play everything from live sports and music videos to classic family films.

There's also a state-of-the-art arcade that houses games like "Mario Kart," "World's Largest Pac-Man," "Sink It," and classic favorites such as billiards, air hockey, and more.

Beyond fun and games, Bowlero features something else Brunswick did not: an upscale food and beverage menu, including the brand’s signature two-foot-long Coney Mega Dog, XXL Party Pretzel, and cocktails like the Dunk Tank and Mega Mule that are over 100 ounces huge. The theme here is "Oversized Shareables." The other theme here is, obviously, "Instagrammable."

"Sports fans will have something to really cheer about when they see Bowlero’s brand-new sports bar," the company adds, "complete with flat-screen TVs and a striking selection of cocktails, wines, and craft beer."

Good news for Watauga night owls. Late-night hours (until midnight on weeknights and 2 am Fridays and Saturdays) mean the good times can roll for date nights, after-dinner gatherings, and grown-up parties. Bowlero even employs a team of in-house party planners to help take celebrations over the top.

Bowlero Corp., founded in 2013, is the largest owner and operator of bowling centers in the world, with over 300 locations, including eight locations in Mexico and two in Canada, specializing in corporate and special events, as well as league and retail bowling. Watauga is the third Fort Worth-area location.

Bowlero Watauga, 7301 Rufe Snow Dr., officially will open its doors to the public with a celebration from 11 am-2 pm March 23. There'll be free bowling, food and drink specials, arcade play, and more. RSVP is recommended at bowlero.com/watauga-grand-opening.