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Blanco: Blanco Bowling Club Cafe

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Construction began on the Blanco Bowling Cafe in 1947 and opened for business in 1948 as a cafe and 9 pin bowling alley. In 1967 a group of Blanco residents bought the Blanco Bowling Cafe and made it a club owned organization. Today the Blanco Bowling Club has more than 200 members. Nine pin bowling is an old German style of bowling that only exists in Texas. The Blanco Bowling Club is one of only eleven clubs in the state still in operation. There are no automated pin-setting machines made for nine pin bowling. Therefore "pin-setters" are usually local youth whose jobs include sending the ball back to the bowler via the ball return, moving any knocked down pins into the pit and resetting the pins when necessary.

The Blanco Bowling Club offers league bowling to members Monday through Thursday. Bowling starts at 7 p.m. and the public is welcome to come and watch. They also rent the lanes for private events on Saturday evenings. Please call for prices and reservations (no walk-ins accepted). 7 day notice is required on all reservations to allow time to schedule a pin setter.

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  • 310 4th Street
  • Blanco, Texas
  • 78606



  • Monday - Saturday, 6:30 a.m. - 9:00 p.m. and Sunday, 7:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
    League Bowling: Monday-Thursday, 7 p.m.
    Open for Reserved Parties Saturday Evenings