Hit a bullseye in an ax-throwing competition
Because dart practice won’t help you survive a zombie apocalypse, step up your ax-chucking game at Urban Axes, a Center City hotspot. Roll deep with a group and try your hatchet hand in a 2 1/2 tournament, which includes one-on-one instruction with coaches and equipment ($35 per person, book in advance); or, walk in for an hour-long session with a few friends ($20 per person). Bring your own booze (beer and wine only), food (it’s down the street from Pizza Brain, just sayin’), and ax if you want -- you know, if you have one of those lying around in your city apartment. Also, note that it’s a cashless facility.
Mini golf and Skee-Ball (and beer) at Keystone
Grab your friends for a round of 18 holes on this eclectic indoor-outdoor mini golf course that lets you BYOB. Then, let your inner ’90s kid out to play at the arcade with a few games of PacMan, Skee-Ball, and other retro faves. This place’s quirky funhouse vibe sets the scene for a casually perfect end-of-week-night activity.
Knock down pins (& beers) until 2am
Center City & Northern Liberties
You’ve got a few options for nighttime 10-pin in Philly. Opt for a bowling/clubbing combo at Lucky Strike, with two floors of entertainment that includes 24 lanes, a DJ, billiards, pingpong, cocktail specials, and actually good chef-style food. There’s also North Bowl, a former mechanic’s garage turned ’50s-retro-chic nightlife eden. It’s a bowling alley and then some, outfitted with all the works: two bars, an upstairs semi-private lounge with pool tables, arcade games, and ample space for sprawling.
The Adrienne Theater in Center City is home to the Philly Improv Theater (PHIT), which offers improv, sketch, and stand-up comedy shows and classes seven days a week. Intro workshops are free, and show tickets are very reasonable (about $10-15). Thanks to the unscripted nature of improv, no two performances are ever alike -- so, essentially, every night is opening night.