$12 for One Hour of Bowling and Shoe Rental at Fireside Bowl (Up to $37 Value)

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In a Nutshell

  • Established in the 1940s
  • Newly renovated
  • Preserves traditional vibe

The Fine Print

Expires May 17th, 2012. Limit 10 per person. Limit 1 per group of 6. Limit 1 per visit. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

Bowling shoes aren’t just fashionable—they provide the added 2 inches of height needed to load your ball into a regulation-size trebuchet. Lace up and reach for a three-holed pin puncher with today’s Groupon: for $12, you get one hour of bowling (up to a $25 value) plus free shoe rental (a $2 value each) for up to six people at Fireside Bowl (up to a $37 total value). Fireside Bowl has provided 10-pin catharsis for nearly seven decades and counting. The family-owned alley recently underwent renovations to add modern amenities and updated scoring while retaining the timeless, traditional bowling-alley vibe. Instead of distracting bowlers with laser light shows or flaming, spinning disco balls, Fireside keeps bowling simple, with a freshly waxed floor, ball, and motley footwear. There's also a bar that offers spirits and brews to sip during between-frame arguments over acceptable spellings of "rutabaga."

Fireside Bowl

A blazing neon bowling-pin sign calls passersby into the crimson-and-cream façade of Fireside Bowl, drawing them back through time into the '40s, when the alley was opened. Gleaming spheres devastate their wooden foes beneath brilliant wall murals and vintage accents, and a pool table and selection of turn-of-the-century video games captivate between frames aided by electronic scoring systems and pins set upright by very strong squirrels. Revelry revives itself in the low light of a vintage-style lounge, where suds flow smoothly into pints that glide along a gleaming bar. The guttural roar of stressed guitar strings sings out during occasional rock and punk shows at the alley, where league rollers build prowess alongside casual players on the shining hardwood.