Bowling is one of those hobbies that possesses an almost universal appeal for so many people. It’s a go-to, easily-agreed-upon outing for friends for a night on the town or couples looking for a date night idea. Boston has plenty of options for bowling in the city from traditional lane alleys to bowling establishments with fine dining and drink options. Get ready to set ’em up and knock ’em down at these best bowling alleys for a night out!

Candle Pin Bowling (Photo credit: PAUL J. RICHARDS/AFP/Getty Images)

Candle Pin Bowling (Photo credit: PAUL J. RICHARDS/AFP/Getty Images)

South Boston Bowlarama
543 E. Broadway
Boston, MA 02127
(617) 464-4858

This Southie spot is a great option for a family night out, offering plenty of traditional bowling fun for all ages. Indeed, even though South Boston Bowlarama offers adult beverages for its patrons, this is old school bowling through and through from the vintage decor and atmosphere to the affordable pricing. Weekends are particularly busy for the South Boston Bowlarama, but the trip is worth it to experience classic bowling fun at its finest.

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Photo Credit: Jillian's

Photo Credit: Jillian’s

Jillian’s – Lucky Strike
145 Ipswich St.
Boston, MA 02115
(617) 437-0300

Lucky Strike Lanes is located above Jillian’s night club in the Fenway district and offers a change of pace from the drinking and dancing below, that being a laid-back night of bowling fun. Of course, beer, wine and spirits are also served here at Lucky Strike, yet the vibe and atmosphere is considerably more relaxed and mellow than the main level of Jillian’s proper. Again, crowds are common here at Jillian’s and Lucky Strike, due both to its proximity to Fenway Park and the word-of-mouth reputation that has followed this joint for so many years.

Central Park Lanes
10 Saratoga St.
Boston, MA 02128
(617) 567-7073

Central Park Lanes in East Boston brings to the table old school, candlepin bowling. It is perfect for a comforting night out bereft of frills and fancy yet full of fun. This Saratoga Street spot is cheap, friendly fun for families and friends alike, sporting a juke box for tunes and a staff/clientele base that is friendly and welcoming to new faces. Central Park Lanes is a perfect example of how nostalgia can be comforting and rewarding at the same time.

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(credit: Lanes & Games Facebook Page)

(credit: Lanes & Games Facebook Page)

Lanes & Games
195 Concord Turnpike
Cambridge, MA 02140
(617) 876-5533

Lanes & Games in North Cambridge offers both candlepin and 10 pin for bowling aficionados, once again presenting a traditional mental picture of the classic bowling alley, complete with stand-up video games, pinball, pool tables and air hockey to help pass the time between games. This spacious spot has plenty of room for larger groups and offers pizza and beer for party purposes or simply to snack on after working up an appetite. When one thinks of a quintessential bowling alley, Lanes & Games instantly fits the bill.

50 Dalton St.
Boston, MA 02115
(617) 266-2695

Much of Kings’ ever-increasing volume of customers consider this Back Bay establishment to be one of, if not the best bowling alley in the city. Kings differs a bit from many other examples on our list in that it modernizes the “bowling alley” concept a bit by presenting more of a higher-end sort of feel. Kings is great for large groups and is usually a loud and boisterous sort of place, perfect for weekend plans with friends or a birthday celebration. Burgers and fries-type comfort food seals the deal here for Kings as one of Boston’s most popular places to bowl for fair weather fans and bowling pros alike.

George Pacheco has been writing professionally about arts and entertainment for over a decade. A graduate of the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, George currently resides in a humble New England home with his wife, cat and massive music and film collection. His work can be found at