The Atlanta location of Detroit-based gaming bar Fowling Warehouse is now open on English Street just off of Huff Road in the Blandtown neighborhood. Fowling [FOH-ling] combines football and bowling using a regulation-sized football and 20 bowling pins. Teams try to be the first to knock down as many of the opposing team’s pins as possible.
A two-hour lane reservation costs $120 and accommodates up to ten people. For $10 per person, people can also walk in for “open play” or first come, first serve. Game winners may remain in their lane and play a new set of challengers. Open play losers get back in the queue and wait for a lane to reopen. Reservations can be booked online.
While the 25,000-square-foot game bar and restaurant can hold up to 400 people, a representative tells Eater Atlanta capacity is set at 35 percent or a maximum of 135 people during the ongoing health crisis. Tables and the game bar’s 20 fowling lanes are already spaced out over six feet apart. Patrons are required to wear face masks inside when not seated at a table, the bar, or playing in their designated fowling lanes. Footballs, pins, and other equipment are sprayed down with an ionized medical grade disinfectant between gamers, and lanes are cleaned using a sanitizing mist every two hours. Read more about the COVID-19 safety precautions here.
Once Fowling Warehouse receives its liquor license, the 70-foot-bar will serve cocktails and over 60 beers, with 16 of those beers on draft. The food menu from chef Demetrius Brown includes a double stack burger topped with pimento cheese, hickory smoked wings, barbecue shrimp, a Philly cheesesteak, and herb fries tossed in truffle oil and topped with parmesan, garlic, rosemary, sage, and chives.
Grant Park-based bar Pin and Proper brought a similar game to the Beacon in 2018 called Pinfall. That game, which also combines football and bowling, is apparently similar to fowling but set up more like corn hole. Each team tries to be the first to knock down the opponent’s ten bowling pins using a football.
The number of COVID-19 cases in Georgia continues to surge. In July, Atlanta mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms took steps to help slow the spread of the virus within the city limits by mandating masks in public and rolling back reopening to phase one. Gov. Brian Kemp filed a lawsuit challenging Atlanta’s mask mandate as well as the rollback of the city’s reopening. The matter is still in mediation.
According to a report by the AJC, the chairman of a U.S. House coronavirus subcommittee recently sent a letter to Kemp stating that Georgia is not in compliance with the White House COVID-19 task force recommendations. The letter provides six recommendations for the state to implement immediately, including a mask mandate and limiting indoor dining service at restaurants. Capacity limits at Georgia restaurants were lifted on June 16, by order of the governor.
Fowling Warehouse hours: Tuesday and Wednesday, 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.; Thursday and Friday, 5 p.m. to 12 a.m.; Saturday, 12 p.m. to 12 a.m.; Sunday, 12 p.m. to 8 p.m.
1356 English Street, Atlanta. fowlingwarehouse.com/atlanta-ga.