The bowling alleys at Crossgate Lanes, Stone Lanes, and Eastgate Lanes invite gamers to send balls down gleaming runways in expansive, family-friendly facilities. Those weary of drawing straws to count the pins after each ball can take comfort in automatic scoring at all three locations. Each alley also hosts regular glow bowling, with lighting more luminescent than the water-wheel-powered disco balls of the 1970s. Patrons of Stone Lanes can also relax after their games in an onsite lounge, which is outfitted with three televisions.
The Northern Kentucky Bowling Association partners with various bowling lanes in the Cincinnati area, several of which offer additional activities such as billiards, arcade games, and cornhole. Bowlers can lob their selected urethane orb down a sleek wooden boulevard for two rigorous games, doing their best to beat a friend, relative, or imaginary godparent. Bowling shoe rentals are not included in this Groupon, but rental is $1.50–$2.50 per person, depending on location.
Star Lanes pits ball-bearing customers against precarious pins on 22 lanes lining an upscale, modern bowling lounge. Customers begin their sojourn into the strike-based arts by lacing up their rented alley kicks, which protect floors from scuffing and toes from wanton manicurists. Bowlers launch their colorful orbs down the neon-lit, shiny hardwood tracks, knocking pins asunder as scores pop up on the high-definition video screens. Between frames, players relax into sleek, mocha-hued leather couches to bask in the glow of sculptural hanging lamps and colorful artwork, and late nights invite bowlers aged 21 and older to linger beyond the 10th frame for dancing, pool, or the occasional séance. Though not included in today’s deal, Star Lanes keeps bowlers fed with a full-service restaurant and seven full bars flanked by sleek mirrors, plush booths, and nightclub-like lighting.
Strikes and Spares keeps its bowling old school—clean, family-friendly, and free of self-throwing balls. Kids can shed their superabundant energy while bowling or playing arcade games whilst you warm up with a game of pool or darts (trying to combine them is strongly discouraged). With your Groupon, three games of bowling will give you ample time to perfect your form and wipe that smile off the boss's face that you painted on each of the pins.