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New Grant Park Bar Says Its Football-Bowling Game Has Different Rules

Pin & Proper in Grant Park is bringing “pinfall” to Atlanta, a game similar to, but not quite the same as “fowling”

Fowling combines football and bowling and is set up like corn hole
Pin & Proper in Grant Park is bringing “pinfall” to Atlanta, a game similar to, but not quite “fowling”

Pin & Proper, the yet-to-open Grant Park game bar owned by Lauren and Chaise Hughes at the Beacon, will not be Atlanta’s first fowling (FOH-ling) bar but the city’s first “pinfall” bar. The game, which also combines football and bowling, is apparently similar to fowling but with different rules.

Fowling is set up like corn hole and pits two teams against one another. Each team tries to be the first to knock down the opponent’s ten bowling pins using a football.

“The object of pinfall is to knock down all your opponent’s pins by throwing a full-size, regulation football at ten bowling pins positioned in a traditional triangular layout at the opposite end of your lane,” a representative for the bar says. “We will have a few variations on the rules and scoring system. We will also encourage our guests to get creative on their own.”

Just how the two games differ from one another apparently comes down to the rules of engagement.

For those curious about how pinfall is played (and differs from fowling,) Pin & Proper will have boards set up at the Beacon tent during Grant Park’s Summer Shade Festival taking place August 25 - 26.

Food at Pin & Proper will include small bites and shared plates like wings, flatbreads, sandwiches, and salads. A full bar is planned with beer, wine, and cocktails designed by Rob Floyd; the resident bartender on SpikeTV’s “Bar Rescue” hosted by John Taffer. A member of Taffer’s “Bar Rescue” team served as a hiring consultant for Pin & Proper. Over in the VIP lanes, pinfallers have the option to order bottle service and kegs.

Pin & Proper should open August 17 behind the new Brazilian coffeehouse and bar Buteco.

1039 Grant Street SE Suite D10, Atlanta.

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