Across nearly three-fourths of the United States, AMF Bowling Co. reverberates year-round as families, friends, and competitors send bowling balls in search of upright pins careening down slick lanes. The company first established itself as an industry leader in 1946, the same year the sport introduced automated pinspotters.
Today, more than 20 million bowlers annually make AMF their battleground for wars against pins. As the largest owner and and operator of bowling centers in the US, AMF locations offer high-tech scoring technology, a classic design, and a menu stocked with American-inspired classics such as wings, pizzas, burgers, and beer.
Bowling is the great social equalizer—a common ground where grizzled undercover clowns, blue-collar English lords, LARPer librarians, big and tall lingerie models, hordes of hive-minded hipsters, and the other two social demographics that comprise America can unite in common cause and topple a gaggle of stuck-up, inanimate wooden pins. Brunswick has been a household name in this egalitarian pastime almost since the beginning, with a company history that dates back to the 19th century, providing classic American good times to all manner of patrons across the country. And with today's Groupon tying the room together, you'll get to play two games (up to a $9.98 value) in its hallowed halls wearing a pair of freshly disinfected bowling shoes (a $3.79 value).
Splitsville Luxury Lanes and Dinner Lounge combines bowling with swankiness, four bars, and a full-service restaurant. The result is a well-decorated, party-time pinsperience. Al fresco bowling transpires on the lawn at Splitsville's outdoor bowling lane, located near the breezy patio and live band. Inside, a DJ spins tunes above a dance floor designed especially for extended victory dances. Mid-century décor, kidney-shaped tables, and red swivel-pod chairs complete the retro-chic scene.
There are bowling alleys, and there are bowling super highways. With 600 pins creating a satisfying, nearly constant thunder, Forum Bowling Lanes could be considered the latter. Since 1974 the Grand Prairie institution has welcomed strike-seeking families and competitors to its 60 lanes, and although it recently underwent a remodel, it retains its vintage feel. Classic bowling is the name of the game here, with a straightforward style that allows players to focus on the frames. And after the final throw, they can relax with a drink in Forum?s cafe and lounge or head to the pro shop to pick up essential bowling gear such as balls and air horns for distracting opponents.
Bowling isn’t just a hobby at 300 New York—it’s a vibrant social experience worthy of luxurious flourishes. That’s why cushioned lounge seats flank each of the 32 mood-lit lanes in the main concourse area. Each of these lanes faces a large screen that flashes music videos and tutorials on how to remove stuck fingers from bowling balls. Up in The Loft, bowlers can lounge and take in views of the concourse while sipping cocktails from the full-service bar. A dedicated wait staff connects them to offerings from the onsite bar and restaurant—an eatery known for serving dishes from executive chef Chad Bowser’s menu. Some of Chad’s creations include two-bite chicken or beef sliders and hand-battered fried calamari that can be paired with anything from beer to specialty martinis.
USA Bowl provides ball flingers a safe and spacious place to send pins toppling. Fifty-eight lanes of gleaming hardwood invite both crafty straight shooters and macaroni-armed curveball tossers to net scintillatingly low personal bests. Treat three amigos, musketeers, or little pigs to a double-header at the newly renovated facility, with specially engineered bowling shoes included to keep all feet safely attached to the ground during play. If competition gets too heated, bowlers can regroup over snacks and libations from the alley's in-house eatery (not included in this deal). Adventurous bowlers and lint detectives can check out the black-lit Friday night sessions, which start at 8:30 p.m.