One of Dallas' coolest retro bowling alley concepts is expanding: Bowlounge, which debuted in Dallas' Design District in 2013, will open a second location in Fort Worth.
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.
The spinoff will open in a warehouse at 901 W. Vickery Blvdd., in Fort Worth's hip Southside district. The warehouse has loads of history but was most previously home to Firestone & Robertson Distilling, who relocated to a former golf club in southeast Fort Worth in 2018.
The former warehouse is reminiscent of the original, which took over a warehouse in Dallas' Design District.
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.