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 $20, you get $40 worth of bowling, contemporary American cuisine, and more at 300 Shady Grove in Gaithersburg. Upscale bowling, casual dining, and a local hangout rolls into one at 300, where boulder-launching revelers can rock the pins on twenty-four sleek, mood-lit lanes in the main concourse area (click here for hours and rates). Meanwhile, feel free to tap professional servers for fresh appetizers, pizzas and more from the varied menu and they'll deliver dishes directly to your lane. Players troubled by fallout from dizzying spins, complicated scorecards, or highly relatable life insurance commercials can find calming respite at the full-service bar and lounge areas that flank the alleys.
- This place looks chic: not uncomfortable plastic or hard benches to sit on while you wait your turn, but a nice sofa-like waiting area. Colored lighted lanes, tons of TV screens with music, a full bar and a kitchen... – Judith L., Yelp
- Overall, this place rocks! I have a new found fondness for bowling and definitely would go back here. – donna s., Yelp
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.