Bowling is always a fun way to spend an evening, whether you’re on a date or out with a group of friends. It’s an activity that even the non-athletic cannot just enjoy, but sometimes excel at. If you get the urge to lace up some funny-looking shoes and hit the lanes, here are some Connecticut venues that should be, well, right up your alley.

Callahan’s Bowl-O-Rama
2143 Berlin Turnpike
Newington, CT 06111
(860) 666-5411

This longtime fixture on the Berlin Turnpike is always available to bowlers – it’s open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The family-owned Callahan’s has 40 lanes of 10-pin bowling and recently added free wi-fi. When you need a break, head to the Perfect Score Lounge with its selection of local craft beers and karaoke on Fridays. Callahan’s offers leagues for men, women and couples, and can also be rented for parties with your choice of of a large or small buffet.

Nutmeg Bowl
802 Villa Ave.
Fairfield, CT 06825
(203) 367-7741

For over half a century, Nutmeg Bowl has been one of the best alleys in Fairfield County. Nutmeg Bowl is home to 56 lanes and presents dozens of leagues for bowlers to join. Friday and Saturday nights at 9 p.m., stop by for Extreme Bowling with its wild light show and music courtesy of DJ Franki (there’s a family version of Extreme Bowling with pizza and soda Sunday nights at 6 p.m.). When you need a break, head to the lounge for drinks or to watch the game on one of five HDTVs.

Bradley Bowl
129 Ella Grasso Turnpike
Windsor Locks, CT 06096
(860) 623-2597

If you’re looking to bowl with a large group of people, Bradley Bowl gives you a number of options. You can reserve an All Night Lock-In, where you and friends can play until the early morning hours with the chance to win great prizes. If you’re part of an organization looking to raise money, Bradley Bowl can host a Bowl-a-Thon where players can collect pledges from acquaintances. Businesses, classes and church groups can also rent the alley for parties. On Friday and Saturday nights, be sure to reserve a lane for Galactic Bowling, its light and sound extravaganza.

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Brookfield Lanes
840 Federal Road
Brookfield, CT 06804
(203) 775-4343

Brookfield Lanes provides plenty of entertainment options along with its 32 lanes. There’s an arcade with many popular titles as well as a Mega Touch Trivia game. The newly renovated 11th Frame Lounge includes a pool table, darts and a vintage bowling game. The lounge also has a fully-stocked bar, and for food head to the Brookfield Cafe, which serves snacks, burgers, sandwiches and pizza. Saturday nights are for Cosmic Bowling, with music played on large screens.

Lakewood Lanes
694 Lakewood Road
Waterbury, CT 06704
(203) 574-5131

Charlie Lanza’s Lakewood Lanes has long been Waterbury’s best bowling and entertainment center. Any of its 42 lanes can be rented for a private party, and the staff can also assist you in joining a league. On Friday and Saturday nights, Lakewood stays open until 3 a.m. to throw its Galaxy Bowling and Dance Party complete with laser light show. If your group works up an appetite, visit Chelsea’s Corner Snack Bar and try a sampler platter of appetizers that includes fried ravioli and jalapeno poppers. Lakewood is also home to Sports Rock Nightclub which hosts live bands and serves a variety of beer, wine and specialty cocktails.

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