Since its creation in 1640 by Archduke Leopold Wilhelm, bowling has evolved from a format 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 Shady Grove in Gaithersburg. Today's deal is not valid Friday and Saturday after 6 p.m.
Upscale bowling, casual dining, and a local hangout roll into one at 300, where boulder-launching revelers can rock the pins on 32 sleek, mood-lit lanes in the main concourse area. Flanked by cushioned lounge seats, each lane faces floor-to-ceiling video screens flashing music videos, company logos, and videos instructing removal of stuck fingers from bowling balls. Click here for rates, which change depending on day and time.
Although not included in today's Groupon, feel free to tap professional servers for lane-delivered sustenance from the varied menu. Players troubled by seven-ten splits, complicated scorecards, or perpetual foot faults can find calming respite at the full-service bar.
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.