Best Bowling Alleys for a Night Out in Washington, D.C.

February 6, 2014 8:00 AM

If the club scene is not your thing or you want to do something different and fun, try some of the best bowling alleys in the D.C. area. Whether you are into duckpin or 10-pin bowling, this activity makes for a fun night “out on the town.” All bowling alleys can be found within a 10-mile radius of D.C. for a striking good time of games, music, food, drinks and more. Check out some of these great spots for you and your friends to bowl a couple of games like you did when you were a kid.

Lucky Strike
701 7th St. N.W.
Washington, DC 20001
(202) 347-1021

Lucky Strike is located in the Gallery Place district and has 14 lanes, 10 projection screens, billiards tables and a full bar. After 8 p.m., you must be 21 or older (w/ proper ID) to enter. Also, this bowling alley has a dress code so check the website ahead of time to ensure you’ll have no problem getting in. Every Friday and Saturday, Lucky Strike features DJs from 10 p.m. until close. Every Sunday night is salsa night with a live DJ and free salsa lessons.

5353 Westbard Ave
Bethesda, MD 20816
(301) 652-0955

Bowlmor is located in Bethesda, right outside of D.C. With 34 lanes, this glow-in-the-dark bowling alley is more like a “kid at heart” entertainment center. Bowlmor has two sport bars with flat-screen TVs and drink specials. In between sets, it has a large arcade center for some old school fun with retro and current games. This hot spot also has a restaurant with a full food, signature cocktail, beer and wine menu.

AMF Alexandria Lanes
6228-A N. Kings Highway
Alexandria, VA 22303
(703) 765-3633

AMF Alexandria Lanes can be found in the D.C. suburbs of Alexandria and offers 48 lanes. Alexandria Lanes has six beers on tap and a full food menu with drink specials. Plan ahead because it gets busy on the weekends with cosmic bowling. AMF Alexandria Lanes plays some of the latest music videos during cosmic bowling for a complete nightlife good time.

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White Oak Duckpin Lane
11207 New Hampshire Ave.
Silver Spring, MD 20904
(301) 593-3000

What is duckpin? Duckpins are shorter and wider bowling pins than your average bowling pins (10-pin). White Oak is the only all-inclusive duckpin bowling alley in the DC area. For a new type of bowling experience, this is the place to go. White Oak has 24 lanes with a video game and keno area. It offers a food menu with several beers on tap. Every Saturday night, stop in for cosmic bowling from 10 p.m. until close.

AMF College Park Lanes
9021 Baltimore Blvd.
College Park, MD 20740
(301) 474-8282

AMF College Park Lanes has 20 duckpin and 20 10-pin bowling lanes. The bowling alley also offers arcade games and billiards. The food and beer menu makes it a great place to eat and catch some sporting events on the flat-screen TVs. Every Tuesday night, AMF College Park Lanes has unlimited Xtreme glow-in-the-dark bowling from 8 p.m. until close. This is a great place for a first date or hanging out with a group of friends.

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Sonya Dunn is a freelance writer covering all things Washington DC. Her work can be found on

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