Line ’em up and put ’em down—the pins, that is—at these Midwestern beer bars with bowling lanes.
Southport Lanes, 3325 N. Southport Ave.
Chicago’s fun-loving Lakeview crowd hits this corner bar for its four bowling lanes and 32 craft taps. DRINK: The handles read like a who’s-who of Chicago brewing: Half Acre, Revolution, Metropolitan, Goose Island—they’re all here. Opt for a pint of 5 Rabbit Golden Ale. TIP: Here, the bowling pins are still set the old-fashioned way: by hand. Weeknights, lanes go for just $15 per hour, and shoes are always $3.
Pin-Up Bowl, 6191 Delmar Blvd.
This St. Louis bowling institution boasts about its creative cocktails, but the real treat is the small but wonderful beer menu that pairs disturbingly well with the cherry and blueberry Pop Tarts on offer. DRINK: Local gem Schlafly rules the handful of taps; the bottle list, though, is full of surprises like Mikkeller Green Gold and TOØL Black Ball Porter. TIP: Rent one of eight lanes by the hour, or play by the game: On weekends, a round of ten-pin runs you $4.50.
Bryant Lake Bowl, 810 W. Lake St.
A bowling alley that celebrates Surly Darkness Day and scores rare kegs of Alaskan Smoked Porter? We’re in. DRINK: The taps are always changing; right now, the here today, gone tomorrow winter seasonals (think hard-to-come-by kegs like Alaskan Smoked Porter and Great Lakes Nosferatu) are your best bet. TIP: Bring your sweetie on Mondays, aka Cheap Date Night, and get two pints, dinner and bowling for $28.