One of the most popular weekend night pastimes is, of course, a few rounds of bowling. When you don’t want to deal with a nightclub or bar, the best way to spend quality time having fund with your friends is at the bowling lanes, where you can toss a few drinks back and try to successfully bowl a split. When you want somewhere to knock pins until the early morning, here are the spots in Connecticut to visit.
Callahan’s Bowl-o-Rama
2143 Berlin Turnpike
Newington, CT 06111
www.bowloramact.comIt doesn’t matter if you want to visit the bowling lanes at 3 p.m. or 3 a.m., because Callahans is always ready for you. That’s because the establishment is a 24-hour bowling alley. They do it all, including bowling leagues and parties, and they have a late-night lounge as well, where you can grab some drinks in between rounds. The Lounge stays open until 1 a.m. on weeknights, until 2 a.m. on Friday and Saturday, and even features karaoke on Fridays from 9:30 to 1:30 a.m.
Nutmeg Bowl
802 Villa Ave.
Fairfield, CT 06825
(203) 367-7741
www.nutmegbowl.comBy night, bowling at Nutmeg Bowl becomes a whole new experience outside of what you know. Take the fun of bowling, but now add a live DJ and probe lights dancing throughout the space, and you have an idea of what their Friday and Saturday “Extreme Bowling” is like. Extreme Bowling rolls on until 1 a.m., and guests can pay just $22 for three hours of the fun. As if that’s not enough, they’ve got specials running throughout the week, including ladies night (ladies bowl free!) and rent-a-lane nights, all of which run until midnight.
Lakewood Lanes
694 Lakewood Road
Waterbury, CT 06779
(203) 574-5131
lakewoodlanes.netBowling is always plenty of fun, but once you’ve seen one bowling alley you’ve seen them all. Or so you thought. Galaxy Bowling at Lakewood Lanes transforms bowling into a more enhanced experience with music videos, a light show and more making hte space into a “futuristic space age bowling center.” How’s that for different? Galaxy Bowling runs until 2 a.m. on weekend nights and features prizes and great food, the perfect quick adventure for you and your family or friends.Related:  Top Spots For Ladies Night Out In Connecticut

DolrBill’s Bowling
145D  Danbury Road
New Milford, CT 06776
www.dolrbillsbowlingcenter.comDolrBill’s keeps the kids in mind first, offering them free bowling and plenty of fun features including light weight bowling balls and ramps so everyone can be part of the fun. If the kids want to stay out late, be sure to reserve a spot for their glow bowling every Friday and Saturday. If the little ones have to get to bed, you can take part in the Saturday afternoon or Friday early evening glow bowling for $14.50 per person. When the older kids want to make a night of it, however, glow bowling runs until 1 a.m. on Friday and Saturday and offers song requests, music videos and projection screens in addition to the whacky LED laser light show.
Hall Of Fame Silver Lanes
748 Silver Lane
East Hartford, CT 06118
(860) 569-2990
www.silverlanes.comYou can get into more than just bowling at Silver Lanes, although bowling is of course the focus. During Cosmic Bowling on Friday and Saturdays, running until 1 a.m., you can enjoy their snack bar, free pool and karaoke on Saturdays. All that, plus two hours of all you can bowl for — get this — just $18. It’s an amazingly affordable way to enjoy a night out with friends, co-workers or whoever!Related: Top Live Dance Performances Coming To Connecitcut

By Sharon Betty of for CBS Local.