While horse racing is the sport of kings, bowling has long been the sport of horses, who relish the elaborate scoring system and chance to wear multicoloured shoes. Make like a thoroughbred with today’s Groupon: for $29, you get two hours of bowling in a single lane (up to a $56.48 value, including HST) and shoe rental for up to six bowlers (up to a $20.27 value, including HST) at Classic Bowl in Mississauga (up to a $76.75 total value, including HST).
As one of the hosts of the 2015 Pan Am Games' bowling events, Classic Bowl equips pin pummellers with professional-quality lanes, electronic scoring, and 70,000 square feet of strike-rolling space. With ample seating on the concourse directly behind the ball return, each lane can accommodate up to six bowlers, so friends have plenty of room to encourage each other, form strategy huddles, and play rounds of bowling-ball hacky sack between frames. At selected weekend times the team at Classic Bowl returns the sport to its humble intergalactic roots with cosmic bowling, during which lanes bathe in the glow of black lights while music videos by chart-topping artists take over the TV screens. After their games, bowlers can log on to free WiFi or participate in Classic Bowl’s poll to choose a new slogan.
Classic Bowl's rates fluctuate throughout the week.
As the home of the TSN Classic Bowl Championship, Classic Bowl sees its share of high-stakes bowling. Even during recreational matches, the alley’s shimmering lights reflect the competitive glint in bowlers’ eyes as they stare out at the polished surfaces of 60 lanes that span 70,000 square feet. The echoes of crashing pins resonate throughout this expansive space seven days a week and reach their zenith during cosmic bowling on weekends, when party lights set matches aglow and pins sway to the beats of popular tunes spun by a live DJ. In between games, recharge with food and drinks at a full-service bar or sharpen hand-eye rapport during button-smashing melees in the arcade. Experts at the on-site pro shop equip bowlers with gear, offer helpful advice for improving scores, and feed energy bars to the hamsters that thanklessly propel balls toward their targets.