Lawn bowls is no longer just for the grandmas and grandpas of the world—we now know why they spend so much time at their local bowling club… because it’s just so much damn fun.
Here are our top picks for the best places to play barefoot bowls in Sydney.
Bondi Bowling Club
Bondi Bowling Club has become the unlikely hit of the Eastern Suburbs—this 80-year-old institution is quickly welcoming a new generation. With a revamped menu featuring oysters and share plates plus your regular steak and schnitzel fare, Bondi Bowls may just be your new regular. They even host live music on Thursday nights. Well, we’re sold.
The Greens North Sydney
A few years after their big reno, The Greens is still going strong and it’s only partly to do with the epic view of The Bridge. If you’re feeling competitive, try your luck at a round of bowls, sans shoes, or if you’re more in the spectating mood, the food and drinks menu hits the mark every time. Claim your seat and settle in for a great afternoon in the sun.
Longueville Sporting Club
Throw off your shoes and settle in for some much-needed fun in the sun at Longueville’s barefoot bowls. The perfect stop on a lazy afternoon, you don’t need to be a sporting aficionado to have a good time. And for only $10 per person for as long as you’d like, you can’t really go wrong, right?
Petersham Bowling Club
If you love barefoot bowls and craft beer more than life, Petersham Bowling Club is definitely the place for you. With a list of delicious craft beers from Young Henry’s, Grifter, and Murray on tap, and an extra 50 in bottles behind the bar, you can spend all afternoon winning at bowls and in the drinks department. This place is an institution for a reason people.
Clovelly Bowling & Recreation Club
We’re calling it—this bowlo has the best view in Sydney. You’ve probably seen your mates snap gorge pics at this iconic bowling location because the view involves uninterrupted ocean vistas. For a perfect Sunday arvo, Clovelly Bowling Club will only charge you a cheeky $15 to play and they even have a BBQ where you can cook up your own meaty feast. You know what to do team—it’s time to gather your crew. https://www.clovellybowlingclub.com.au/
Warringah Bowls Mosman
With views of the city skyline, Warringah Bowls Mosman is just like the bowlo you visited for grandad’s birthday last year. But with more oysters. And likely colder beer. Get the gang together and head here this weekend—you know you want to.
Waverton North Sydney Club
When the hankering for a sunshine sesh (we promise it’s a think) kicks in, this is where to head. With a view of the harbour and all ‘round good vibes, Waverton is the slightly more chilled out neighbour to The Greens and we like it.
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