Bowling pins teach two of life's most valuable lessons: always get up when something knocks you down and live in constant fear of ceramic orbs hurtling toward you. Heed ancient ceramic wisdom with today's Groupon: for $14, you get four games of bowling and two shoe rentals at Albany Bowl in Albany (up to a $28 value).
Since 1949, Albany Bowl has served as a polished pin thoroughfare for scores of pin punishers. Bowling duos can don two pairs of slick-soled rental footwear, then strut down to one of Albany Bowl’s 10 lanes to match strikes and spares for two games apiece. Solo ball hurlers can correct hooks and test new techniques while sporting both pairs of rental shoes on their hands and feet. Luminescent black lights illuminate neon balls and cosmic-colored décor for special glow-bowl sessions. After rolling a gallery’s worth of fun-filled frames, customers can check out Albany Bowl's in-house arcade and eateries or use the free WiFi to brag about victories from touchscreen wrist guards.
Albany Bowl offers its own deals at certain times of the week that may have values competitive with this deal; plan ahead to make sure you're redeeming your Groupon at the most opportune time.
Against the sonic background of percussive strikes and jubilant chatter, bowlers stare down formidable pins on 1 of 36 sleek lanes. The aroma of pizza drifts over the lanes as bowlers topple pins or battle digital foes in the arcade room. Albany Bowl caters to youngsters with bowling-package birthday parties, helping out players under 9 with lane bumpers and surprising them with a visit from Mr. Pin, Albany Bowl's bowling-pin-shaped mascot, who tells the kids all about his favorite sport—basketball. Committed players can sign up for bowling leagues, and spectators can lounge in the sports bar, listening to the cacophonous soundtrack from a leather-seated stool.
540 San Pablo Ave.
Albany, California 94706