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, indoor bumper cars, and birthday parties. In addition to open hours, the alley hosts special events, such as the Lightning Strikes Light Show, each Friday and Saturday at 9 p.m.
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.
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.
For families in Forsyth County, there's something happily missing from Bowl Northside: smoke and alcohol. Bowlers big and small can compete safely in this 24-lane paradise equipped with automatic bumpers that raise and lower for different players. Between bouts, guests can recharge and refuel by grabbing a bite in the Northside Grill, playing video games in the on-site arcade, or shooting pool. The alley strives to ensure that everyone feels welcome with leagues for all ages and abilities.
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.
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.