PVD Nightlife: Grownup Game Night

Trade binge watching Netflix for a night of bowling, board games and arcade bars


If there’s one place where you won’t strike out, it’s at retro-inspired Lang’s Bowlarama. Standing strong for over 56 years, Lang’s lights up your night with impeccable bowling lanes, live local bands, DJ-powered light shows and a full bar and snack menu. Whether you’re gracing the lanes for black light bowling or hosting a girls/guys night out in their chic private space, Lang’s gives you everything you need for a night of good ol’ fashioned fun. 225 Niantic Avenue, Cranston

There’s something for everyone in the Million Dollar Midway of Dave and Busters, from classic video games to arcade favorites to interactive experiences. Pair all the gaming action with beverages from the massive sports bars, which include an extensive beer menu and signature cocktails. 40 Providence Place

With sleek lanes, leather couches, modern décor, lane-side dining, big screen TVs and a bar that’s easy to cozy up to, CW Lanes is the perfect spot to spend your Friday night. An adjacent game room and laser tag arena will keep your kids happy while you order that second cider sangria. 622 George Washington Highway, Lincoln

Game Night takes on a whole new meaning when you join the gaming club at The Board Room. With a library of over 600 games to choose from, you and your friends will challenge one another with classics like Settlers of Catan, Dominion or newer board games like Innis or Isle of Skye. 679 Broadway

Your Game Boy may be a thing of the past, but Donkey Kong lives on forever in the ultimate gamer hideout of Shelter Arcade Bar at Fete Music Hall. Featuring 13 pinball machines and 25 old school arcade games, this 21-plus hangout beats watching the next episode in your Netflix series. 103 Dike Street

The roaring ‘20s set the stage for the birth of mass culture, flappers and prohibition, but at Breaktime Bowl and Bar, the era just sets a really cool vibe for bygone elegance and retro charm. Enjoy duckpin bowling and be taken back in time, without any of the booze bans. 999 Main Street, Pawtucket