Is Bowling Good For A Date? (11 Reasons Why It Is)

Do you struggle to think of something for a (first) date? I can imagine, as there are so many different options to choose from. Maybe you’ve been thinking about going bowling on your (first) date, which I think is a good choice. In this blog, I explain why.

Here’s why bowling is a good choice for a date:

  • You do not have to be a pro at it
  • It is perfect for flirting
  • There is plenty of time to talk
  • You do not have to dress up
  • It is an ideal ice breaker
  • It will not cost you a lot of money
  • You are doing something sporty and active
  • You can see if your date is competitive (and whether or not they can take their loss)
  • You can have a drink and grab a snack
  • You can go with another couple
  • You are guaranteed to have a good time

Read on if you want more information about the above points, as I will discuss these in more detail. In addition, this blog also talks about, among other things, why bowling is more suitable for a first date as opposed to going to the cinema or restaurant.

1. You don’t have to be a pro at it

You don’t have to be a pro at bowling to enjoy it. In fact, if you’re both not very good, you can probably just have a laugh about it.

If you are good at the game, but your date is not so much, it is an excellent opportunity to lend a hand. Give tips and, above all, encourage one another.

2. It is perfect for flirting

During a game of bowling, there are plenty of opportunities to flirt with your date. If your date throws a strike, you probably know to say something fitting.

If you both are not so good, it gives you a reason to ask him or her out on a second date.

3. There is plenty of time to talk

When you go bowling as a couple, there are plenty of moments to talk to each other. Don’t worry about not getting to know your date.

It takes about 10 minutes per person to bowl for a whole round. Renting a lane for an hour gives you plenty of time to talk, have a drink, and bowl. 

4. You do not have to dress up

You don’t have to dress up when bowling. It is useful to wear casual clothing because it is much easier to throw the ball that way.

In addition, there is quite a possibility that people will give you strange looks when you walk into the bowling center in a tight dress or 3-piece suit, for example.

5. It is an ideal ice breaker

There are plenty of reasons why bowling is the ideal icebreaker. You definitely have fewer awkward situations than when you go out to dinner on your first date.

You do not have to look at each other constantly, you do not have to worry about food getting stuck between your teeth, you can easily joke about your bowling skills, and if the conversation is going a bit stiff, you can escape from the situation by quickly throwing two balls.

6. It will not cost you a lot of money

If you do not want to spend too much money on your first date, bowling is an ideal solution. Renting a lane for an hour costs anywhere between $16 and $30.

In addition, you only have to spend a couple of bucks on some drinks. On average, you pay between $2 and $3.50 for a drink.

7. You are doing something sporty and active

What is more fun than an activity where you are active and getting some exercise? These are the extra positives when you choose to go bowling with your date.

8. You can see if your date is competitive

A game of bowling gives you the opportunity to analyze whether your date is competitive or not. This often says a lot about a person.

In addition, you will find out whether or not your date can handle their loss (if you win).

9. You can have a drink and grab a snack

Before, during, and after bowling, you can enjoy snacks and drinks. Especially if the date goes well, it is nice to hang out a while longer once the bowling game is over.

However, make sure that you never reserve a lane an hour before closing time, because then you no longer have the opportunity to do so.

10. You can go with another couple

It is also enjoyable to go for a duo date with another couple, especially if it is not your first date.

For example, you can challenge the other couple and see which duo is the best. Another advantage is that you won’t spend as much money with the four of you.

11. You are guaranteed to have a good time

One thing is for sure; you will have a great time if you choose to go bowling with your date.

You do not have to be good at all, and you do not necessarily have to win either. It is mainly about getting to know each other better and having fun together.

Is Bowling a Better Option Than Going to The Cinema?

If it is your first date, bowling is definitely more suitable than going to the cinema. It can be hard to get to know each other during a movie, which is one important factor.

As you have read in this blog, bowling gives you plenty of time to talk to each other.

If things are hitting off, you can always stay and have a drink in the bowling center with your date afterward.

Is Bowling a Better Date Than Dining Out?

Going out for dinner is very suitable for a date, but I recommend bowling for a first date. Bowling only takes an hour, whereas eating out often takes longer and is usually more expensive.

If the date is not going smoothly, there could be painful silences.

During bowling, you do not constantly have to talk to each other because you also spend time throwing the bowling ball.

Conclusion

And that’s it, all 11 reasons why bowling is suitable for a (first) date. Have these convinced you to go bowling with your date? I certainly hope so.

Most importantly, don’t forget that you do not have to be good at bowling for you both to have a good time.

If you are bad at the game, it could be even more fun as you laughed about it. If that is the case, you will experience a smooth date!

Ian Miles

I was only 4 years old when I started bowling, my dad took me to the bowling alley and I'm hooked ever since! Now almost 40 years later I bring my own two kids to the bowling alley and they love it as well. You can say bowling is in our blood! I also love to write about everything that has to do with bowling. Hopefully, you also fall in love with this sport after reading my blogs.
Published: 
March 16, 2022

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Published: March 16, 2022