If you are looking for a fun way to spend a Friday night (or a weeknight if you have the time), getting some friends together for some bar or competitive games is a surefire way of having a good time. Here are four activities and where you can play them so you can plan your next game night out.
Football + Bowling = An enormous amount of fun. Combining football and bowling might seem like a crazy idea, but it proves to be both challenging and exciting. Players toss footballs down an alley and try to hit as many pins as they can. The first team to knock over all the pins wins, which is more challenging than you might think. You and your friends can try this new(ish) game at the Fowling Warehouse in Hamtramck. The warehouse is open seven days a week and offers large/corporate party options.
If you’re looking for a game that is truly Detroit, look no further than Feather bowling. Although its roots are in Belgium, The Cadieux Cafe in Detroit is the only place in the United States where you can play Feather bowling. Combining the rules of shuffleboard and bocce, players roll a ball down a synthetic alley trying to get as close to a feather as possible. The Cadieux Cafe also features plenty of Belgian ale, live music, banquets and more.
Combining the driving of bumper cars with elements of lacrosse, Whirlyball is a fun and physical way of being competitive with your friends. The game is played with two teams and each player has their own bumper car and scoop. Players try to shoot the ball into the opposing team’s “goal” while bumping into each other with the cars. It’s a crazy amount of fun! Whirlyball can be found in Novi and Clinton Township, and is a great place to host your next work outing. There are also plenty of leagues and tournaments to join.
If you are looking for a competition that will determine which of your friends is both athletic and strategic, there are few better games than bocce ball. The rules are simple as players try to throw a ball as close to a target as possible, but the game does require both strategy and skill to beat your opponent. Palazzo di Bocce not only offers a great Bocce Ball experience, they have some great Italian entrees as well. You can rent a lane for 90 minutes and enjoy some fine Italian food, or you can even join one of their many leagues or tournaments.