Best Little Bit of Vegas in Town

Showplace Lanes

All too rare is the 24-hour Austin hot spot, but let’s take a short, sweet drive along I-35, headin’ just north of downtown and suddenly … we’re in Vegas, baby! Showplace Lanes lights up the night sky from the west with enough wattage to power all the casinos Bugsy Siegel ever owned. Once inside, it’s a smorgasbord of humanity, all together in the singular name of being entertained: hip-hop kids, the pierced and tattooed set, hipsters in tiny horn-rimmed glasses and carefully mussed hair, a gaggle of moms dressed to the nines, a herd of dads swilling their beers and smacking down pins. There’s even a somewhat mangy "arcade" for the kids, complete with Whack the Duck and Skee-Ball, dispensing tickets for prizes that range from cheap transistor radios to little plastic smiley faces and toy rings. Stroll past a wall of lockers, and you’ll encounter machines that dispense Homies and colorful stickers, as well as that bowling-alley requisite: the Claw. But perhaps best of all is the Texas Sports Bar, to which we gave a special "Best of Austin" all to itself. (See Critics, Arts & Entertainment.)

Showplace Lanes
9504 N. I-35, 512/834-7733
9504 North I-35, 512/834-7733

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