For six weeks, groups of 20- and 30-somethings meet to laugh, socialize, and share drinks with old and new friends. Oh, yeah—they also hurl heavy balls toward pins with hopes of winning the game, or something like that. Though Better Off Bowling Houston brings people together for regular bowling games, it doesn't make competition the star of the show. The co-ed league simply wants people to have fun, make new connections, and get out of their homes during winter months. Experts and complete newbies are both welcome, since teams—which can consist of up to 10 people—only count the scores of their top four bowlers. In fact, much of the event doesn't even take place in a bowling alley. After a couple of games, the festivities move to a predetermined bar where all the various teams mix and mingle.
We are a 44-lane, family owned and operated bowling center with full bar and cafe for your convenience. We have been serving the bowling community in Houston for more than 50 years, and have a great tradition of high standards and service. Our rennovations have kept us at the top and allowed us to be voted Best in Houston!
Get Active! Get Social! helps singles and couples bust out of ruts to discover fun activities throughout the city, designing outings so that members make new friends as they go. "We like to think of ourselves as a downtown social club," says the event leader. She's in charge of organizing an itinerary of three or more activities per week that range from private cocktail parties and theater outings to skydiving and weekly social dance classes. Here, members connect through genres of Latin, swing, and country/western, which rotate on a monthly basis. "We strongly believe in the 'Live, Work and Play' motto," she says, "And it's fabulous when you can do it all in the same general area, and build friendships with those in your neighborhood."
Del-Mar Lanes is set up for bowlers of all abilities: If you want to take your game to the next level, you can sign up for their league-bowling competitions, which meet five nights a week. Alternatively, players can also choose to plug the gutters with optional bumpers, which help level the playing field for younger players or those who prefer to bowl with footballs. As guests chase strikes and spares, Del-Mar Lanes’ snack bar keeps appetites at bay with fried mushrooms and hot dogs, which can be washed down with soft drinks or beer.
Bowling isn’t just a hobby at 300 New York—it’s a vibrant social experience worthy of luxurious flourishes. That’s why cushioned lounge seats flank each of the 32 mood-lit lanes in the main concourse area. Each of these lanes faces a large screen that flashes music videos and tutorials on how to remove stuck fingers from bowling balls. Up in The Loft, bowlers can lounge and take in views of the concourse while sipping cocktails from the full-service bar. A dedicated wait staff connects them to offerings from the onsite bar and restaurant—an eatery known for serving dishes from executive chef Chad Bowser’s menu. Some of Chad’s creations include two-bite chicken or beef sliders and hand-battered fried calamari that can be paired with anything from beer to specialty martinis.
Despite its humble appearance, Houston’s Emerald Bowl hasn’t lost its long-held charm. The nondescript building out in Alief sports a giant bowling pin out front, along with a large sign stamped with the word “BOWL,” lest there be any confusion about the space’s intended use. Some 40 lanes are held inside, along with shoe rentals and plenty of bowling balls for use by kids and adults alike. The big kids can join one of the annual leagues, while little ones show up for birthday parties or just to roll through a few frames. Bumper bowling is available, as are lessons from a Professional Bowling Association Hall of Famer, for anyone looking to really compete.