One of Detroiters’ favorite pastimes is to hit the lanes one a weekend night, with many residents being members of a bowling league or group of dedicated bowlers. But whether you make it a weekly habit, or are just looking to hit an alley with a group of your friends late at night, there are a number of great places within the Motor City to head out to bowl after dark. Here are the top places to give a try next time you get the itch to hit the lanes.
Revel And Roll
1950 S Industrial Highway
Ann Arbor, MI 48104
(734) 665-4474

Recently renovated over the 2015 season, Revel and Roll isn’t so much just a bowling alley anymore, but also a full-on bar, restaurant and great hangout spot for night owls looking to knock over a few pins in the process. With a separate section that includes massive wall-sized televisions and projectors to watch sports, movies or basically whatever you want, you and your friends can hit the lanes and never miss a beat with anything happening in the nighttime hours, including grabbing a drink or two.

The Garden Bowl
4140 Woodward Ave.
Detroit, MI 48201
(313) 833-9700

One of the most historic bowling alleys in all of the Midwest (and perhaps the country) is the Garden Bowl on Woodward Avenue in Detroit. This building was originally built in 1913 and boasts some of the most historic moments in Detroit’s history with the sport. A favorite hotspot for night bowlers, these lanes could tell many stories from their past. Known as the “working man’s country club,” the Garden Bowl is easily known as a Detroit landmark for bowlers and history seekers alike. A must-see for those interested.

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Pampa Lanes
31925 Van Dyke Ave.
Warren, MI 48093
(586) 264-8877

Not only a bowling alley, but also a full on nightspot, the Pampa Lanes Entertainment Center is a full-scale location that gives patrons plenty of choices when it comes to late night fun in Metro Detroit. Sure, there’s of course plenty of lanes to bowl on if that’s what you’re into, but there’s also a full restaurant, video bar, and more. Best of all, they’re open to 2:00 a.m. each weekend night and late night during the week, too (midnight or later).

Harbor Lanes
25419 Jefferson Ave.
St. Clair Shores, MI 48081
(586) 772-1200

If it’s late at night and you’re on the shore of Lake St. Clair with a group of your friends thinking about a game of some water-themed bowling, then there’s really only one option: Harbor Lanes in St. Clair Shores. Located near the city, Harbor Lanes has late night hours and plenty of neat options when it comes to hitting the lanes with your friends in the evening. Any time of the year is a good time for bowling, so if it’s nautical-themed bowling you want, then look no further than Harbor Lanes.

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Cadieux Cafe Featherbowling
4300 Cadieux Rd.
Detroit, MI 48224
(313) 882-8560

Perhaps you and your friends are the more adventurous types, willing to try something out that might be a little out of the norm. Maybe you’re a big fan of traditional bowling but you’re willing to try something similar, yet completely unique in its own right. If these statements sounds like I could be describing you or your friends, then it’s about time that you checked out an old Detroit favorite: featherbowling. The Cadieux Cafe is housed in a historic building and the site of a former speakeasy, which only adds to it’s old-world charm. The sport itself is similar to bowling, yet something different entirely. Be sure to check out their website describing featherbowling to see if you might want to give it a try. But be forewarned, this sport is extremely popular, and late night games can get pretty crowded!

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Michael Ferro is freelance writer and a graduate of Michigan State University where he majored in Creative Writing and received the Jim Cash Creative Writing Award. Born and bred in Detroit, he currently resides in rural Ann Arbor. Additional writing can be found at