According to Universal Hub, South Boston Candlepins, 543 East Broadway, has been granted an extra hour for closing time for both bowling and drinking from 11pm. to 12am.  The City of Boston’s Licensing Board voted on Thursday to approve the request.

Manager John Tunney met with the Licensing Board virtually on Wednesday and asked for a closing time of 1am but explained that he won’t stay open until 1am most nights – more like midnight.

An aide from City Councilor Ed Flynn’s office did state that Flynn himself and local residents were against the 1am closing time but could warm up to 12am closing time.

Over in Dorchester, Boston Bowl on Morrissey Boulevard is open until 2 a.m. on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays. (At one time, Boston Bowl offered 24-hour bowling…you know for those middle-of-the-night bowlers.)



  1. John DiReeno January 4, 2023 at 3:52 pm - Reply

    If you believe his statement! I’ve got some prime property to sell you in Haiti . He got rid of longtime bowling leagues that have bowling up there for years. Just to please the Yuppies that don’t mind paying $9.00 a beer! His fathers Coffee shop next door Sucks also. don’t give him any extra hours. The neighborhood does not need it!

  2. John Yetman January 5, 2023 at 5:35 pm - Reply

    Not happy with this decision very unfair to the us neighbors near by
    We will keep close watch on this they just went on the radar.

  3. John Tunney January 6, 2023 at 2:29 pm - Reply

    Haha I do more for the community of Southie on the weekend more than you two ever will. My kid’s birthday parties all the rage! Engagement parties, graduations or just maybe some friends getting together for a couple beers. Lots of families in town for the holidays put a smile on my face. Day after Christmas was a great time! New Year’s Eve was rocking!

    You guys should check out the Bowling with Santa group, or the work I do with the Gavin Group. It’s sad how little I promote myself and the city of Boston just can’t but hate the little guy. See you boys around the Block! Feel free to stop in and say hi!

  4. John Tunney January 6, 2023 at 2:31 pm - Reply

    Karen Reagan from the L runs a great 55+ bowling group every Tuesday you two could join!

  5. Brian Lefevre January 6, 2023 at 10:09 pm - Reply

    Great news! Love this place and happy for ownership. Hope to teach my kids to bowl here some day.

  6. Brian Lefevre January 6, 2023 at 10:23 pm - Reply

    This article took me longer than 0.7 min to read. I’m going to lawyer up…

  7. Mike Hunt January 6, 2023 at 11:04 pm - Reply

    “Get off my lane, you dang kids!” – John and his group of geriatric bowlers

  8. The warthog January 6, 2023 at 11:51 pm - Reply

    Personally glad John dineeno was pushed out … 55+ bowling alley that way sir. Time to cut the crust on this shit sandwich. Great management by John tunney

  9. Laura Johnson January 8, 2023 at 8:33 pm - Reply

    I’m a little intimidated to get in the middle of this discussion, because I don’t know anything about the personalities being discussed. I think it’s great that Mr. Tunney supports the community in so many ways! My only concern is the extension of the closing hours, because as a near neighbor, I can attest that there are already a lot of noisy party goers in the late hours passing through from East to West Broadway, and having someplace open midpoint at a late hour may increase that foot-traffic. Nothing personal, just a concern from a neighbor.

  10. Koz January 8, 2023 at 9:21 pm - Reply

    To quote Dudley Moore from the famous movie Arthur, ‘ One would have to go to a bowling alley to meet a person of your caliber” Mr Tunney….

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