In boffo news for bowling fans, there's a new venue coming to Fort Worth. Called Bowlounge, it's a concept that debuted in Dallas and will open its second location in Fort Worth's Southside in fall 2020.
Spokesperson Amy Draper confirms that the venue is coming. "It's already under construction and we are shooting for late summer/early fall to open," she says.
Bowlounge will open at 901 W. Vickery Blvd., a warehouse with loads of history that was most previously home to Firestone & Robertson Distilling, who relocated their operation to the former Glen Garden Country Club in southeast Fort Worth in 2018.
The Vickery Boulevard building was purchased in 2019 by Fort Worth real estate company M2G Ventures, whose renovation made way for "one large entertainment user." Enter Bowlounge.
The former warehouse is reminiscent of the Dallas original, which made its debut in a warehouse in Dallas' Design District in 2013.
DFW has enjoyed a hipster bowling revival in the past few years with openings such as Bowl & Barrel, Pinstack, and Pinstripes. Fort Worth welcomed Bowlero, which opened in Wautaga in 2019, and Punch Bowl Social, which opened a location in Fort Worth in 2019 before sadly closing three months later.
But Bowlounge was one of the first retro-cool bowling concepts to break into the scene, and it remains the popular underground pick.
A large part of its appeal has been its authenticity. The Dallas location has a dozen lanes and they're refreshingly low-tech, with vintage pinsetters and balls that return via an old-school up-ramp. They play alt-rock music videos.
Rates are affordable: about $8 per game, plus $3 for shoe rental. They also have happy hour from 11 am-4 pm with discounts.
They don't try to make bowling trendy or cool, just fun, and the food and drinks are good, too.