Dog Bowl

Five lane bowling alley welcoming all ages by day and adults by night, with unique cocktails and burgers

Monday: 12pm-12am
Tuesday: 12pm-12am
Wednesday: 12pm-12am
Thursday: 12pm-12am
Friday: 12pm-2am
Saturday: 12pm-2am
Sunday: 12pm-12am

Many corners of Manchester city centre ooze atmosphere, but few can compete with Oxford Street and its surrounds for towering Victorian landmarks and more humble historic gems. Any visitor looking to soak up the true aesthetic charm and grandeur of our hometown should always make a beeline for this neck of the woods. The whole area is alive with action after dark, although those searching for abundant nightlife options in close proximity should check Whitworth Street West, where Dog Bowl is always one of the first places to spring to mind. 

Situated in a railway arch sat beneath the lines heading into and out of Manchester Oxford Road station and Piccadilly just beyond, this spot takes inspiration from proper bowling alleys of New York City and the US as a whole. Stateside ten pins have long been social institutions, local hangouts made for meeting friends while also throwing as many strikes as possible. In keeping with this, Dog Bowl captures that spirit perfectly, offering five full size lanes to play every day of the week, often well into the early hours, with bookings and full venue hire available, and entry for under-18s until 7PM. 

When not actually rolling, guests will also find a small but perfectly formed arcade area, a handpicked playable paradise put together with the expertise of another local treasure, NQ64, so get ready to indulge in some excellent retro gaming action while you’re here. As for the bar, the beer list is extensive, as is the choice of specialist spirits, but the unique cocktails really grab attention first. With names like Daddy Cool, $5 Shake, and New Mexico, drinks are poured as they should be but with a sense of humour that only adds to the experience. And, if and when you get hungry, Kong’s Burger bar is on hand with freshly smashed patties to satisfy any appetite, along with a range of bar-style sides.