Mid City Lanes Rock ’n’ Bowl

3016 S Carrollton Ave, New Orleans, LA 70118, USA

Rock ’n’ Bowl is where to go to find sharps, flats, spares, and strikes all hanging out together. It’s a bit unclear whether this is a nightclub hiding out in a full-size bowling alley, or a bowling alley out enjoying a secret nightlife. Either way, it’s a very New Orleans destination, located near the upriver edge of the city. (It’s about a $15 cab ride from downtown.) After Katrina and a parting of the ways with his earlier landlord, the owner moved a few blocks down to this former paint store, installed new lanes, added a bigger stage, and hauled much of his original funky decor to the new spot. Check the website for forthcoming shows—there’s always plenty of space for dancing, which is especially fun during Thursday zydeco nights.

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Zydeco, with bowling on the side

While a good time is guaranteed for any and all music fans visiting New Orleans, those partial to blues and roots music should check out the lineup at Rock N Bowl in Mid City. Offering live music Wednesday through Sunday, this historic venue is the place to be, especially on Thursday nights when some of the best local zydeco bands get the crowd moving, whether you feel like dancing or not. And oh yes, this is also a bowling alley. Laissez les bons temps rouler!

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