Competitors and friends converge to fill their spare time with strikes and high-fives, and to scatter pins atop Georgetown Bowl's 40 lanes. Automatic-scoring systems track points as bowlers chase the elusive 300-point gutter ball seven days a week—including on Beer Bash Friday, when all-you-can drink drafts supplement two hours of unlimited bowling. Inside the Sports Gallery Lounge, four big-screen TVs broadcast both professional and college games, and at the snack bar, bites of wings, wraps, and pizza help players refuel between frames. Beyond the lanes and video arcade, the full-service pro shop's industry veteran, Trace Chamberlin, helps upgrade equipment by re-drilling holes to fit their owners' fingers or rolled-up treasure maps pointing to the center pin.
Since 1949, the clatter of balls and pins has rung in the ears of bowlers at Shamrock Lanes. Today, 44 Brunswick synthetic lanes usher balls toward their targets in a sand-colored room punctuated by orange wall panels. Between frames, the full-service bar and grill refuels bowlers with burgers and pizza, or players can hone their hand-eye coordination in the arcade. Winning skee-ball earns ball hurlers prizes, and playing shooting games helps them improve their aim so they can go home and water the garden next door through the white picket fence.
Hand-dipped milk shakes and rows of classic, minimalist bowling alleys turn back the clock at Delaware Lanes. As guests focus on toppling pins and dodging gutters, automatic scoring tracks their performance. In between frames, bowlers can kick back at a lounge with cushy booths and nautical decor, tippling drinks from a full-service bar.
With one hour of bowling and shoe rental for up to six people per day from June 1 to August 31, Ten Pin's summer package lets you finally put yourself through the white-knuckled bowling training montage you've been secretly planning ever since your crushing defeat at your nine-year-old nephew's birthday party. With regular bowling rates ranging from $25 to $27 per hour, plus $3.95 for shoe rentals per person, a dedicated pin-pummeler could easily stretch this Groupon beyond its projected value.
Though it's been open since 1963, Sequoia Pro Bowl recently became a Columbus hot spot when owners Tim and Liz Voss turned the ordinary alley into a full-service facility that frequently hosts PBA tournaments. Seven days a week, patrons heave heavy spheres down 32 brand-new lanes, refueling between frames with Sequoia's hearty menu of filling pub-style fare. Guests can also visit the 7-10 Club, packed with arcade games, ping-pong, and karaoke singers reciting the Bowling National Anthem. During the summer months, an outdoor sports bar and 5 sand volleyball courts provide a new arena for friendly competition.