Bowling is like taking a road test: the only way to win is to knock over more obstacles than everyone else. Cruise to victory with today’s Groupon to Capitol Bowl in West Sacramento. The family-owned and family-friendly bowlporium soothes stressed souls with a mellifluous cacophony of strikes and spares, as well as hallucinogenic Glow Bowling on Friday and Saturday. Build up hurling muscles in between trips to the café and arcade or toast your turkey with a wallet-friendly drink from the lounge. On the weekends, live music will soundtrack your pin-pulverizing—or you can do the job yourself with a confidence-boosting karaoke set or two. Invite one-quarter of your barbershop quartet to enjoy 60 minutes of frame-by-frame excitement with one of the following options:
- For $14, you get one hour of bowling for two plus free shoe rental (an up to $28 value).
- For $17, you get one hour of glow bowling for two plus free shoe rental (a $34 value).
Glow Bowling occurs on Fridays and Saturdays from 9 p.m to closing at 1 a.m. See the pricing page for Capitol Bowl's hours and more info.
When Ross Amin first walked into the nearly empty Capitol Bowl in 1999, he couldn't even tell if it was open. "It looked like it hadn't gotten any attention for a long time," he says. Still, he saw something in the space and decided to take over, launching a series of renovations, which were recently completed in late 2011.
Today, the modernized alley features lofty ceilings and a gauntlet of 20 overhauled lanes that keep score with Brunswick systems that were last upgraded in April 2012. Like a catcher's facemask or a pitcher's facial hair, bumpers (available upon request) can protect players against wayward balls. In between frames, the weary rest up by playing 1 of 15 video games in the arcade. Ross is most excited by Capitol Bowl’s updated café, which eschews traditional snack bar offerings in favor of chef-created entrees, which are made from scratch using fresh ingredients. Ross's favorite, the pastrami sandwich, is served hot with meat that’s smoked in house and spicy mustard. Some nights live music fills the bar, and flat-screen televisions air sports games and glow bowling gives the alley a neon aura.