Bowling balls are round so that they roll smoothly and have three holes so they can hold more than just one package of Twinkies. Toss polished pastry holders with today's Groupon: for $25, you get two hours of bowling for up to four people (up to a $40 value), four shoe rentals (up to an $11 value), and a pitcher of soda (a $6 value) at Buckeye Lanes in North Olmsted (up to a $57 total value).
Buckeye Lanes' cavernous facility shelters 48 lanes where bowlers gather to topple pins and hone their ball-rolling form. Parties of four have the option of taking their time during open hours, enjoying conversations and gamesmanship between turns, or trying to pack as many frames as possible into their two-hour session by tossing multiple balls at a time. Each player receives a pair of rental shoes to fit in with alley veterans and ensure each lane remains polished and divot-free. Quench thirsts with a pitcher of soda while waiting between turns or during pin-setter time-outs to brainstorm new formations to set up.
Buckeye Lanes mixes up standard rounds on Friday nights with Rockin' Bowl, where they turn down the lights, turn up the music, and paint every pin to look like Eric Clapton. When growling stomachs start to disturb nearby lanes, bowlers can refuel with snacks from the lounge or swap pin-felling disputes for ball-pocketing disputes over a game of billiards.
Buckeye Lanes’ glossy lanes provide a place to foster camaraderie and healthy competition. Easily heftable bowling balls and bumpers accommodate children during normal business hours and birthday parties catered with hot dogs or pizza slices, which can be held in a person’s not-bowling hand. During Rockin' Bowl two nights a week, the alley morphs into a pulsing nightclub from midnight to 2 a.m. with orbs hurtling amid dimmed lighting and cranked up beats. In the snack bar and lounge, pool sticks thwack cue balls on eight billiards tables and patrons devour sandwiches or demolish karaoke tunes.