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Fowling Warehouse Why the combination of football, bowling and mystery beer is just perfect

Fowling Warehouse

3901 Christopher St., Hamtramck, MI 48211
  • Neighborhood: Eastern Market & Central
  • Price Level:   
  • Gameday Shuttle
  • Live Music
  • Cards Accepted
  • Free Parking Available

Tags: Craft Beer, Bowling, hamtramck, fowling-warehouse, football, cornhole

Even if you’re terrible at bowling and have no idea how to throw a football, you can still have a seriously awesome time at the Fowling Warehouse. The casual sport of fowling makes for a unique, entertaining date, a night out with friends or even a holiday office party. It’s a must-try game for every true Detroiter.

Located in Hamtramck, the first thing you’ll probably notice when you enter the warehouse itself is a big fenced in area – and the sound of cheers and scattering bowling pins. The fowling zone is surrounded by a tall fence that keeps rogue footballs from flying into your beer. Rows of picnic tables outside the fowling zone are a great place to congregate in between matches and scarf down some pizza. While the FW doesn’t serve food itself, you’re welcome to order delivery or bring in your own food from a local spot. Bring a jacket if it’s chilly outside; it will be chilly in here too – it’s a warehouse.

They do have a full bar here with a nice craft beer selection. FW’s Mystery Beer is one of the best deals in town. You pay between $2 for a mystery can and $4 for a mystery craft beer. You can pay a little extra (up to $6) if you want a 16 oz. craft beer or a cider. Either way, it is a fun gamble and it is absolutely a good deal. You might actually discover a new brew that you like. There are tons of flatscreen TVs around the bar so you can catch the pros on the field in between fowling rounds.

Let’s talk about the Fowling itself, because that’s why we came here in the first place.

The name fowling comes from a mix of football and bowling. There are two boards, with ten bowling pins positioned in a triangle on each board. Players toss a football at opposite boards, cornhole style. The first team to knock down all the pins, wins. You can play as individuals or pair up and create two teams of two. And be sure to re-rack the pins in your lane when you’re finished playing. It’s the neighborly thing to do.

It’s trickier than it looks. We are not great at bowling and have no idea how to properly throw a football, but we still tons of fun. Even those couple of times where we knocked a pin down from the board adjacent to ours.

We actually had pretty good results with lobbing the ball underhand and letting it knock down pins as it haphazardly crashed onto the board. Most of the expert players we saw, however, were throwing it overhand – fingers once the laces – like they were Peyton Manning (he’s a football player, right?).

Open fowling costs $10, or you can reserve a lane for an extra fee. You might want to consider reserving a lane on the weekends, it can get pretty busy in here.

Players of all ages are welcome at the Fowling Warehouse on Saturdays and Sundays from noon to 6 p.m., and players aged 18-20 can participate any day of the week until 9 p.m. After that, it’s 21 and up only.

On Sundays when the Lions play, FW hosts a tailgate with $10 open fowling, a free shuttle to and from Ford Field, and food for purchase from Lazybones. There’s sometimes a live band on Friday evenings.


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