Like a barbarian gracefully rolling cannonballs of destruction toward unsuspecting pins, bowling fuses the art of spin with the ardor for obliteration. Today’s Groupon satisfies your barbaric streaks with three games of bowling plus shoe rental at the clean facilitied Valley Lanes for $5 (up to a $15.75 value). Elevate those gutter-ball mulligans to confident pin-destructioniers.The nickname Sport of Dukes came into vogue again in the late ’70s, when bitter rivals and twin brothers Duke “Buddy” Howard and Buddy “Duke” Howard dominated professional bowling. With today’s Groupon, you’ll be treated much like the Dukes of yesteryear, with entertainments to delight each of your senses.
The recently renovated Hollywood Bowl, enchants guests with polished corridors and automated scorekeeping. On Thursday–Saturday nights starting at 9:30 p.m., both locations activate their black lights and ample supply of firefly essence for cosmic bowling, when rollers negotiate tricky splits in a kaleidoscopic environment. At Hollywood Bowl, guests can enjoy burgers and beers at Club Hollywood Sports Bar in the glow of 14 47-inch TVs. Both locations also boast their own arcade room, where players can compete in classic games such as Frogger, skee-ball, and seeing who can carve a marble bust of a Roman emperor the fastest.
No matter if you're a serious league player or a kid learning how to bowl, PinbustterZ Family Fun Center has a lane that suits your needs. That's because the alley features 16 full-scale lanes where adults can refine their aim and curve-ball throwing, while the nearby cosmic alley keeps kids occupied. These glow-in-the-dark lanes are shortened so that growing arms can send balls whirring all the way to the pins without the hinderance of gutters or sand traps. In the nearby arcade, kids can further develop hand-eye coordination as they toss balls into skee balls machines, try their skills at Frogger, or braid their tickets into a friendship shirt.
When it comes to fun at Bowlmor Lanes, folks aren't locked into just bowling, though there's plenty of that. Glow-in-the-dark lanes and banquette seating beckon players to try their hand at bowling or chill out and order drinks and snacks from lane-side servers. But for the pin-weary, there are offers other forms of entertainment including bocce ball pits, arcade games, or an indoor, 9-hole mini-golf course, depending on location. These myriad amenities make Bowlmor Lanes a destination for group get-togethers such as birthdays and No-Kevins-Allowed club meetings.
In the more than 30 years he’s spent at the helm of Four Seasons Bowling Center, George Mareina has learned that there’s only one thing people like better than bowling: baby back ribs. The alley’s Sports Look Restaurant and Sports Bar has been sizzling up the saucy eats since its addition in 1999, and the full-service restaurant is just one of many things that Mareina has added since taking over in 1978. Automatic scoring and pinsetters help keep the fun rolling by eliminating downtime between frames, and the nonsmoking environment makes it an appropriate hangout for bowlers of all ages.
Die-hard bowlers in need of new gear can also stop by the pro shop to browse accessories such as balls, bags, shoes, and corks with which to plug those pesky bowling-ball holes.
Open daily, Park Lanes Family Entertainment Center boasts 32 lanes that dare to go dark during weekend cosmic bowling hours. Recent renovations have also outfitted the lanes with new scoring systems and automatic bumpers. Beyond the lanes, the facility boasts a range of amenities, including a 4,000-square-foot arcade, nine outdoor batting cages, 40 HD televisions, and an onsite restaurant. Likewise, the onsite pro shop allows players to tame their game with top-notch gear and offers free advice on how to train the seven pin to roll over or play dead.