Updated: Aug 24, 2022
The struggle is real this summer across the Lone Star State, y'all. 🥵 Beat the heat this season by chilling out at these 20 spots around town where the A/C is guaranteed to be cranked for your comfort.
This deal is a scorcher but taking advantage of it won't burn you at all. Through the end of August, Evo Cinemas is offering unlimited play all day on their bowling alleys, rock wall, bumper cars and ropes course, for just $24.99 at their Southlake location. And you can always get a game and grub combo pack for $17.99, which includes a meal and a $10 game card, or for just $7 more, a $20 game card. Check out their VR simulators, too!
With locations in Plano, Las Colinas and Allen, there is no doubt a swanky bowling and dining experience near you. Let your competitive side heat things up on the bowling lanes, in the laser tag arena or on the climbing wall without worrying about the temps outside. Did you know they also have bumper cars and a high-ropes course suspended 20 feet above their arcade, which features 100 of the newest video games and simulator technology?
3. crush it
Grapevine's sensational CRUSH IT Sports Lounge is such a great time, y'all. Get your competitive juices flowing with simulated sports experiences, where you can choose from golf, baseball, basketball, soccer, football, carnival games, hockey dodgeball or hunting! There are great group dining options as well! Cap it all off with a few drinks and a chef-crafted meal, and it's an evening to remember, and one where you will NOT pass out with heatstroke.
4. electric shuffle
Shuffleboard is a game of precision. A subtle touch or tap can swing the result from a win to a loss, or vice versa. Sounds a lot like dating, TBH. But you've never seen shuffleboard quite like they do it at this new Deep Ellum haunt, which opened last November. When you walk in, the industrial-style bar will immediately catch your eye. But the gameplay will keep you coming back for more. The digital interactive gameplay was developed by literal rocket scientists. Be sure to reserve your spot on their website if you plan to slide ye olde weights!
5. bowl games
Bowl Games is the younger sibling to Bowl Lounge (read about them below 👇), bringing an elevated take on tailgating and yard games to Dallas. They've also invented a whole nother game, which they call PinToss. PinToss takes a little bit of bowling, a little bit of football, and a little bit of cornhole to make something fresh, challenging, and fun for all skill levels. A perfect spiral is not entirely a good thing in this game. In addition to PinToss, BowlGames also has multiple Dart Boards, Shuffleboard, Golden Tee, Silver Strike, Cornhole, TV's and projectors throughout, as well as comfortable seating for lounging so you and your group can take a break from the action and just enjoy the unique vibe and surroundings.
6. bowl lounge
Bowling as a hobby was begging for a fresh take and an updated experience. Enter Bowlounge, and gone are the days when "let's go bowling" meant you'd also be subjecting yourself to bad bowling alley hot dogs and stale bowling alley beer. With locations near Southside in Fort Worth and in Dallas' Design District, Bowlounge brings the fun atmosphere the sport has always kept, just with a little more kick in the kitchen and behind the bar. At the end of the day, it's still a place where we think The Dude, Walter and Donny (God rest his dear, sweet soul) would love to roll.
7. whiskey hatchet
Have a couple drinks and let fly the sharp projectiles! What could go wrong, amirite? Well, that's what waivers are for, and the staff at Deep Ellum's Whiskey Hatchet are some of the best in the business at keeping all the axes all flying in the right direction. You and your partner ($25-40 per person) will get a 10-15 minute introduction to the centuries-old art of axe-throwing before you get to hone your new skills for your 70-minute session. Reserve in advance, and keep in mind that if you go as a couple, you will most likely be introduced to some new friends to throw with, as each axe-throwing bay accommodates eight people. And from the drink menu? What could go better with axe throwing than their Pick Axe (Old Forester rye, passionfruit, hibiscus tea, lemon, $11)?
8. another round
Another Round is a great take on adult mini golf, with a side of sports simulator thrown in! Their two 9-hole mini courses make for the funkiest round of golf you've ever played, and the simulator gives you the ability to play golf-inspired games or actual rounds on more than 1,000 courses! Also, check out Xtreme Music Bingo, which takes Another Round for a spin every Wednesday.
9. FARM + FEED
Gamer hive, mount up! We're going to the Farm + Feed. The Shops at Legacy in Plano is where it's at, an 8,000 square foot gaming centric restaurant and bar that carries a certain post-apocalyptic feel to put you right in the game. Guests enter through "The Village," a space with 20 or so booths, each with two 55-inch TVs, a Nintendo Switch and either an XBox Series X or a PlayStation 5, plus four controllers. There are also 18 PCs loaded up with games. "The Library" is another section, jam-packed with sci-fi books, more gaming PCs and some fancy date-night couch co-op console setups. If you want to really go big, though, reserve a night in "The Bunker," with room for 8-10 of your geekiest friends and a 77-inch OLED TV with a Switch, a Playstation and an XBox.
An old school roller rink is a love song to what is now almost a completely bygone era. And they almost certainly will play whatever 80s or 90s love song just popped into your head over the loudspeakers, at Adult Skate, which happens every Thursday and Sunday night, from 8:30-11:30 at Interskate, according to their website. Does it date us when we say the song we immediately thought of is Cyndi Lauper's "Time After Time"?
11. National Video Game Museum
Frisco's National Video Game Museum is something you really have to see for yourself, and for just $12 for a general admission entry, it won't break the bank, either. Learn all about the videogame industry's rich history, where it's heading next and how we can all be a part of it. The NVM archive is unparalleled in size and comprised of dozens of one-of-a-kind artifacts, in addition to more than 100,000 pieces of videogame hardware, software, documentation and memorabilia.
12. The Perot Museum
The Perot Museum of Nature and Science is one of the coolest and most interactive museums to hit, especially with little ones in tow! We are super jazzed about this new exhibit at the Perot Museum, "Becoming Jane: The Evolution of Dr. Jane Goodall" about Dr. Goodall's connection with the apes. Don't miss Thursdays on Tap at the Perot, either. From 6-10 p.m. you get to experience the museum after hours and enjoy live music, drinks and food trucks for just $25 for non-members ($5 for members)!
13. the lip lab
The Lip Lab will get your colors right so you're ready to stun them all on your next big night out. With 30-plus pigments, four flavors, four finishes and a Lip Lab expert leading the way, endless shades are at your fingertips. Lip Lab products are also world-conscious, from their clean and vegan to-be formula to the refillable component.
14. DALLAS MUSEUM OF ART
Beat the heat with an escape to a world of pure imagination known as, the Dallas Museum of Art, where stunning and eye-catching creations are at every turn. The Dallas Museum of Art falls in the top 10 largest art museums in the country, and stands out due to their expansive collection encompassing over 24,000 artistic works from all over the world. With workshops, tours, and interactive exhibits, you are likely to let a whole day get away from you here - and that's the goal right?!
15. Texas RANGERS GAME
Take us out to the ball game, or should we say in?! A Texas Rangers game needs to be your next summer to-do, especially since it will be at Globe Life Field, which is an indoor ballpark perfect for Texas summers! Don't worry, the full baseball game experience with hot dogs, refreshments, the seventh-inning stretch and more is still in store! Who knew we'd be adding a baseball game to the list of air-conditioned activities!?
BONUS: When purchasing tickets, use discount code "DallasLoveList" to get 20% off!
Round up the crew and hit the putting greens! This isn't normal putt-putt, it's cool putt-putt! Puttery puts a modern spin on putting with high-tech gameplay, craft cocktails and curated bites! There are four different courses, and each course is designed to transport you to an unknown location giving you a mini-golf experience like no other!
iCompete is another one of these "all-in-one" activity depots, this time in Lewisville's Music City Mall. Here you can compete with the crew on the golf simulator, in the batting cages that fire fastballs at speeds from 35 to 100mph, or at axe throwing or darts! Pound as many wings, tacos and flatbreads as your stomach desires while choosing from the self-serve beer and wine wall that lets you whet your whistle in 40 unique flavors. Or, they also have a full-service bar. Right now, iCompete has a deal going on Sundays, Wednesdays and Thursdays for All-You-Can-Play for just $25!
18. four-day weekend comedy
Don't you wish all weekends were four-day weekends? Make sure next weekend is one by grabbing tickets to the comedy shows this troupe holds every Friday and Saturday night! D Magazine described Four-Day Weekend as "Whose Line Is it, Anyway meets Saturday Night Live." The team is a Gold Winner for the Dallas Morning News' Best in DFW People's Choice Awards, but the fun doesn't stop with the hilarious improv shows they put on each and every weekend in both Dallas and in Fort Worth. You can also enroll in comedy classes if you've got an itch in your own funny bone!
With the flagship location in Dallas' Design District and forthcoming locations in both Fort Worth and in Arlington, a night at the best arcade bar in town is more accessible than ever. Choose from 140-plus different games and play to your heart — and your fingers' — desire for just $10 for a day pass. Cidercade features 26 taps of different hard ciders, hard kombuchas, hard seltzers, wines and hard smoothies. For those who want the soft stuff, there are also plenty of vending machines. It's family-friendly during the day, but 21-and-up starting at 8 p.m. each night.
20. studio movie grill $6 Tuesdays
Did you know that easing back into one of Studio Movie Grills' recliners for the latest blockbuster release is just $6 if you go on a Tuesday? Well now you do! You still get access to the full food and drink menu at regular prices, but the ticket into the refreshingly cool theater for any and all releases is slashed nearly in half! It's the perfect start to a really affordable date night.