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Customers test-drive cars before they buy them, so why can't they do the same for table-tennis tables? That's the thinking behind Bumper Nets, a store whose "play and buy" atmosphere lets customers test out wares, such as pool cues, rackets, or steel-tipped darts, before taking them home. Guests can also rent table-tennis, pool, and air-hockey tables, or even sign up to receive lessons from pros on staff.

Alternatively, visitors can work out their joystick fingers at an arcade filled with the likes of Dance Dance Revolution, Guitar Hero, and H2 Overdrive. They can also explore the U.S.'s third largest collection of pinball machines, which are all for sale. For those more interested in playing than buying, Bumper Nets also hosts birthday parties, church socials, and other special events.

2000 Riverchase Galleria
Hoover,
AL
US

Owner George Wade wants Steve's Cue and Grill to be a place where regulars and newbies mingle, knock back a few, and clink pool balls on one of the bar's 14 pool tables. As another stripe drives into the corner pocket, bar tables populate with 1/3-pound burgers, chili-slathered hot dogs, and platefuls of nachos and crispy fried appetizers. Guests can savor a philly steak sub or a spicy buffalo-chicken sandwich on the enclosed outdoor patio, peruse the eatery's retail billiards supplies, or surf the free WiFi for variations on the spelling of Steve, such as Stefan, Stephen, and Earl.

2322 Memorial Pkwy SW
Huntsville,
AL
US

Ace Bowling Center allows folks of all ages to hurl spheres at pins like Zeus flinging a planet at the Rockettes. Pick team names based on favorite ice cream flavors, perfect synchronized post-strike dance moves, and bond with overgrown marbles at Ace Bowling Center. Nineteen giant projection screens are mounted throughout the space to accommodate the regular sports fan, and channels can be changed to keep your telenovela-watching record intact. Cosmic bowling presents an alternative to weekend laser-show routines, setting the mood with dark lighting and lively Friday and Saturday crowds. Classic bowling shoes are included in the deal. The bowling center is open seven days a week, so stop in for your shoe fitting and get in on the pin-bashing fun.

1661 Eastern Blvd
Montgomery,
AL
US