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Sunshine, beer in hand and barbeques heating can only mean one thing: time kick off your shoes and to take to the green for a round of barefoot bowls in Melbourne.
Mid-week Melbourne’s lawn bowls clubs are taken up by serious players and the competition is stiff. Come the weekend, the venues turn into casual outdoor gatherings with a youthful, lively vibe that carries on well into the night.
Whether you’re out to impress with your bowling skills or looking for a place to get together with your mates, spending an afternoon on the green at one of the top clubs for barefoot bowls in Melbourne is a great way to start or end a summer’s weekend.
The St Kilda Sports Club
On a sunny afternoon, The St Kilda Sports Club is a popular destination for locals to enjoy a refreshment, challenge mates to a friendly and work on their tan. Rookies can get some friendly bowling instructions before taking to the green and on Friday nights living music adds to the party atmosphere.
Middle Park Bowling Club
Middle Park Bowls has become a frequented spot for bucks and hens, engagement parties and birthday celebrations. With two generously sized greens, there’s plenty of space for large groups to enjoy a casual barefoot roll. Often you’ll hear 80’s pop and classic rock blasting from the speakers and social members can enjoy a free barbeque feed post-bowl. There’s also a tram stop out front to carry you home.
Brunswick Bowling Club
Brunswick Bowling Club has a lively atmosphere that’s hard to bet. It may be one of the oldest bowling clubs in Melbourne, but it’s also one of the most progressive. The serious traditional bowling scene is still alive and kicking, but the club plays host to barefoot bowls, live music, comedy nights and has even at times, transformed it’s green into an 18-hole mini golf course.
Fitzroy Victoria Bowling and Sports Club
With ten rinks to play on, Fitzroy Victoria Bowling and Sports Club is easily one of the largest and best barefoot bowls in Melbourne. It’s not just the greens that draw a crowd, their twelve outdoor areas with decks, bars, barbecues and a wood fire pizza oven completes the venue. When the sun’s out, you can be guaranteed there will be plenty of beer drinking and barefoot challenges here.
City of Melbourne Bowls Club
Barefoot bowls in the middle of the CBD! After work knock-offs in summer sound a lot more interesting with a drink in hand, shoes off and friendly rivalry. Better still, the City of Melbourne Bowls Club is an award-winning designed building with modern facilities worth checking out. Floodlit and synthetic grass allows you to play well into the evening, all year round.