Triad Lanes offers bowlers of all levels recreational and competitive atmospheres. Beyond the well-oiled boards and gutters, it features onsite amenities, as well as youth bowling and birthday parties. In addition to open hours, the alley hosts special events, such as cosmic bowling on Friday and Saturday nights from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m., when they lift all rules concerning gravity and primate-assisted space exploration.
With 52 freshly oiled lanes, Gate City Lanes is a pin-seeker's haven that has garnered the support of locals, finishing in the top two for the News & Record's Go Triad magazine's 2009 Readers' Choice Award for Best Bowling Alley. Bowlers enjoy an abundance of classic alley accompaniments—arcade games, pool tables, and a snack bar with hot dogs, burgers, sandwiches, drinks, and snacks to refuel between each of the three dramatic rolls of the epic 10th frame. Those who yearn to step into the shoes of bowling heroes past are in luck—it's actually required by the alley, and shoe rental ($3.95) is covered with your Groupon. The 16-ounce soda ($1.92) also included with this Groupon will meet most bowling-related hydration demands, whether you treat bowling as sport or leisure.
One of the most common bowling game interrupters is the human need to ingest food, a dilemma Country Club Lanes West solves by serving savory snacks and crisp beverages inside their bowling facility. Chili fries drizzled with cheese, 6-ounce hamburgers, and slices of pepperoni pizza spring forth from the snack bar to fuel players caught up in high-scoring games and documentarians chronicling their search for the 11th pin. Postbowling celebrations kick off in the Showtime Lounge, where revelers start games of billiards and darts while sipping on a selection of draft brews, including Yuengling, Fat Tire, and Budweiser.
Creekside Lanes provides strong-forearmed rollers with the greasy lanes necessary to perform the age-old ritual of multi-pin destruction. Don the motley footwear required to enjoy two full rounds of cannonball heaving, and stop in on Friday and Saturday night for cosmic bowling. Twosomes of bowling neophytes can rely on the forgiving support of ball-embracing bumpers, and pin-thrashing veterans can sustain their serious matches with trash talk, pointing out their competitors’ uncanny resemblance to Night Court characters. Although not included in the Groupon, a game room offers billiards and video games for those who are bowled out but want to stick around and soak in Creekside Lanes’ friendly, welcoming atmosphere without spending the night in a cozy air duct.
Woodleaf and Pla Mor Lanes each boast 24 avenues of pin-busting entertainment equipped with overhead automated scoring. After lacing up rented footwear ($3/pair), players can squeak shoes against polished floors in the run-up to their attempts at an oft-elusive five-strike Butterball Turkey. An arcade and pro-shop occupy idle hands, and full bar and snack shops (not included with this deal) sate thirsty pin-pulverizers between turns.
Buffaloe Lanes facilitates retro entertainment by offering open bowling, leagues for all ages, and arcade games. Each lane boasts bumper capabilities, which makes games easier for younger bowlers or those with oval-shaped bowling balls. Bowlers can also host parties at Buffaloe Lanes, during which groups gather in one of the private rooms to unwrap presents and sing to cakes before eating them. The smoke-free and alcohol-free facilities also host snack bars with soft drinks and concessions.
Flat-screen televisions hang high above each lane at Z-Bowl, displaying a medley of scoring charts and high-definition sports broadcasts for bowlers to enjoy between frames. The alley keeps the visual banquet brimming in a sports bar with large-projection sets and an arcade containing more than 60 arcade consoles, including both classic and modern models such as skee-ball and Dance Dance Revolution. The 18-lane facility also offers billiards, shuffleboard, and darts to keep levels of healthy competition high and offer lower-impact entertainment for those with injuries such as bowler’s ear. Z-Bowl also hosts six private lanes designed to host upscale parties and corporate meetings, as well as a full kitchen that serves brick-oven pizza and certified Angus beef burgers.