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: for $30, you get a bowling outing for up to six at CJ’s Willow Bowling Center (a $61.15 total value). The outing includes the following:
- One lane rental for two hours with unlimited games, including up to six shoe rentals (a $45 value)
- One 12-inch pizza with any toppings (a $10.75 value)
- One 60-ounce pitcher of soda (a $5.40 value)
CJ’s Willow Bowling Center has fostered all-ages bowling merriment in a smoke-free environment for more than 55 years, earning numerous distinctions from the Evansville Courier & Press. Sixteen sleek lanes stretch across the alley as families and friends laugh and seek vengeance on smug arrays of pins. Between frames ball-hurlers rest arms on black leather and suede couches while cheering and telekinetically steering balls. Every Friday and Saturday night from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m., the lanes plunge into the black-light dimension of Cosmic Glow bowling, during which strings of bright lights snake above the pins as bowling balls acquire a mysterious glow and wisps of fog curl around players. Between triumphant strikes and celebratory break-dance routines, parties tear apart a 12-inch pizza adorned with unlimited toppings such as bacon, mushrooms, and pepperoni. Meanwhile, a pitcher filled with 60 ounces of soda soothes throats hoarse from shouting demands at the pins.
CJ's Willow Bowling Center
In the summer of 1980, more than a foot of water flooded CJ's Willow Bowling Center, warping the floors and ruining the equipment. But faced with catastrophe, owners Charlie and Jean Rayburn used the incident as an opportunity to outfit the alley with 16 new lanes and revamped scoring systems. Today, a second generation of the family runs the business with the same resolve that has defined it since 1955. On weekends, bowlers pummel pins amid the fluorescence of cosmic bowling lights, or stop by the snack bar to fuel up with pizza. At the pro shop, patrons can renovate bowling balls with resurfacing, hole drilling, and initial engravings, saving them from the hassle of having to carve their faces into the sides.
1230 E Michigan St.
Evansville, Indiana 47711