Since its creation in 1640 by Archduke Leopold Wilhelm, bowling has been known as the Sport of Dukes that involved hurling then-precious nectarines at servants. Sample the fruits of victory with today's Groupon: for $25, you get $50 worth of bowling and shoe rental at 300 Anaheim.
Upscale bowling, casual dining, and a local hangout roll into one at 300 Anaheim, where boulder-launching revelers can rock the pins on 32 sleek, mood-lit lanes in the main concourse area. Pins pose at the end of polished runways as curvier, three-holed spheres strut past dotted lights, following a straight and narrow pathway to avoid ending up in the gutter or someone's purse. A light and video show—evincing such mesmerizing scenes as an underwater world—displayed on screens sets the atmosphere, as eyes gaze from their position on the cushioned couch booths that replace traditional hard chairs at each station. Pin topplers can rent footwear ($5/person) to complete ball-casting outfits and better see the flat-screen televisions that mark scores and note nicknames of bowling alter egos. Although not included in this Groupon, libations may be purchased from the full-service bar to calm players troubled by fallout from dizzying spins, complicated scorecards, or highly relatable life-insurance commercials.
300 New York
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.