3-in-1: Bowlounge Reader Choose: Finest Bar with Video games | Normal supervisor Sam Ratliff likes to think about Bowlounge as a “sports activities bar and restaurant with a bowling alley extra so than a bowling alley with a bar,” and maybe rightfully so. Positioned within the 95-year-old Proof constructing on West Vickery Boulevard, the previous house of the Firestone & Robertson distillery, Bowlounge’s newly renovated house locations its bar and restaurant on the forefront — the very first thing visitors see the second they step inside.
Title nearly any Fort Price beer model — Rahr & Sons, HopFusion, Wild Acre, and so forth. — and Bowlounge will doubtless have it on faucet. There’s a cocktail menu itemizing choices like a blackberry paloma and peach bellini martini; and for meals, diners can order the whole lot from traditional pepperoni to a spinach ricotta pizza or burger smeared with bacon jam.
“[We’re] not making an attempt to oversell the bowling idea,” Ratliff says. “We’ve actually tried to carry that again whereas offering different video games, good meals, scratch kitchen — we don’t personal a microwave — and clearly craft cocktails. We’re enormous on supporting native craft distilleries and breweries as effectively.”
However in fact, the apparent draw for Bowlounge is, effectively, the bowling. The venue options 16 retro-style lanes lined up in an aesthetic house with TVs taking part in ’80s music movies on repeat. And, as a homage to the constructing’s former tenant, TX Whiskey barrels hover over every lane, doubling as an ornamental gentle.
It’s not a kid-friendly venue by any means. “Youngsters are handled equally — they’re the identical worth as adults,” Ratliff says, and that’s a part of Bowlounge’s attraction. He says Bowlounge has been zeroing in company purchasers who may lease out the house for personal occasions. The restaurant additionally launched weekend brunch in Could, serving up goodies like French toast, breakfast pizza, and rooster and waffles.
Ratliff says enterprise has been regular contemplating the circumstances. Bowlounge opened in the course of the COVID-19 pandemic final November, survived the February snowstorm, and continues kicking, with hopes to develop as alternative permits.
And whereas the idea did get its begin in Dallas’ Design District, Ratliff says there’s a sure spark in Fort Price that makes Bowlounge proper at house.
“I actually couldn’t ask for a greater place to go in,” he says. “[The Near Southside] is sort of a metropolis unto itself. Everybody takes care of one another.”
BEST HAPPY HOUR AND PLACE TO WATCH A GAME: Berry St. Ice Home
The double-decker constructing on Berry Road has been house to 4 companies prior to now few years, however its new tenant, Berry St. Ice Home, has captured three separate honors on this 12 months’s Better of Fort Price voting (Glad Hour, Place to Watch a Sport, and Late-Evening Eats). The idea appears easy sufficient: traditional and scrumptious bar eats, an ideal completely happy hour menu, TVs all over the place you look, and probably the greatest patios within the Fort. What’s to not love? Simply remember to attempt their burgers, served on a bun with each sesame and poppy seeds.