The pillar of any great neighbourhood, a good local bowls club is worth its weight in lawn bowls.
And the criteria for what makes a great bowls club is pretty simple:
Are the greens in good nick?
Are the pints cheap?
Are there friendly faces at the bar up for a yarn?
Below you’ll find a bunch of places that always have these ticked off, along with a few other added bonuses along the way.
Doubleview Bowling Club
Meat raffles, chase the ace, cover bands… Doubleview Bowling Club has it all, including a well-stocked bar and bistro slinging out honest food at bowls club prices. Wednesday and Friday nights have ripper deals, and it’s also cheap as chips if you want to just become a social member. Their latest offering is a ripper Sunday Session with DJs playing chill disco and house tunes, free barefoot bowls and the already legendary Tommy Tacos slinging delicious mexi-bites from 3pm.
17 Shearn Crescent, Doubleview
Osborne Park Bowling Club
Osborne Park is big on family and community vibes, offering excellently-priced food and drink all throughout the week. They also don’t mind a spot of barefoot bowling, have pool tables and dart boards, and a beautiful alfresco barbecue area.
31 Park Street, Tuart Hill
Como Bowling & Recreation Club
One of Perth’s oldest and friendliest bowls clubs, Como Bowling & Recreation Club has plenty going on during the week for peeps young and old. Friday nights is when the action is though, with live music, chase the ace and barefoot bowls for just $10pp from 6-8pm. And here’s a sneaky pro-tip, get down between 5-6pm for even cheaper drinks during happy hour!
99 Hensman Street, South Perth
North Perth Bowls Club
One of the most popular Perth bowls club for folks who don’t actually bowl, North Perth’s laidback attitude has made it a popular social hub on the weekends. The club bar buzzes on Friday nights when they get different crews in for kitchen takeovers and the outside garden pergola is not short on chairs and tables for a sunny Sunday session. Speaking of, they’ve just announced live jazz every Sunday over May – more info via Facebook.
10 Farmer Street, North Perth
Inglewood Bowling & Sports Club
They’ve got a bit of everything at Inglewood, including plenty of bowling greens, a couple of outdoor futsol pitches, dart boards and pool tables. The bar is about as old school Aussie bowls club as it gets, but that’s what we’re looking for!
1 Stancliffe Street, Mount Lawley
Perth & Tattersalls Bowling & Recreation Club
For some top shelf inner city bowling action the 125 year old (!) Perth & Tatts in East Perth is the place to be. They also host some high intensity darts competitions on the weekends, and have some pool tables to knock a few balls around if you’re feeling so inclined.
2 Plain Street, East Perth
Bayswater Bowling & Recreation Club
As far as letting the (big) kids run wild, the Baysie is the place to be. They’ve got regular food truck takeovers and local brewery tap takeovers are always pouring. One of the busiest bowlos on the list, you’ll also find plenty of comedy, live music and/or the footy on. A proud club that’s managed to find the perfect balance between the social and sporting side of things.
58 Murray St, Bayswater
Mount Lawley Bowling Club
Almost Perth’s most scenic bowls club, the lush surrounds of the Mount Lawley Bowling Club are steeped in history and the art deco designs make for a pretty great function space as well. Another spot that’s rather popular amongst the Mount Lawley young folk, it gets pretty busy on the weekends but always a good time!
Cnr Storthes & Rookwood Street Mount Lawley
Mosman Park Bowling Club
Yes we’re sorry Mount Lawley, but it’s hard to argue with the “club with a million dollar view” on Bayview Terrace in Mosman Park. Overlooking the Swan River from up high, they’ve always got something going on including kitchen takeovers, happy hours and cheap social bowls.
39 Bayview Terrace, Mosman Park
South Perth Bowling Club
A beacon of good vibes and community, the South Perth Bowling Club is right in the thick of it just next door to the Perth Zoo. Both greens are synthetic, so in good nick all year-round and there’s plenty of lighting making for some excellent night time bowling.
2 Mends Street, South Perth