Bowling pins, like geese, instinctively arrange themselves in a triangle and can be torn apart to be used for pillow filling. Gear up for a migratory match with today’s Groupon: for $25, you get $50 worth of bowling, food, and drinks at Golden Bowl on 24th Street in Golden.
Golden Bowl combines 1950s kitsch with 2000s kitsch, boasting state-of-the-art scoring computers, 24 synthetic lane surfaces, mid-century architectural charms, and a rotating street sign that helped it earn historic-landmark status. Come before 9 p.m. to rent stylish bowling shoes ($1 to $2.75) and hurl pins down a greased surface ($0.50 to $5 per game); come after 9 p.m. to partake in unlimited bowling with included shoe rental ($7 to $12 per person); or opt for a pin-bullying party package ($44.95 to $55.95) for a child’s birthday, child's wedding, or child's corporate outing.
Rose’s Diner, located inside the alley, offers American, Mexican, and Italian favorites. Try the patty melt with sautéed onions and cheese on multigrain ($4, or $7.25 with fries and a soda), the white chicken-alfredo pizza topped with three-cheeses, alfredo sauce, and roasted red pepper ($7 for 7 inch, $14 for 12 inch), or a bean burrito smothered in cheddar and homemade green chili ($3.75). Like the lane's bowling balls, many menu items are naturally gluten-free or can be prepared so upon request. Grown-ups can belly up to the bar at Louie's Tavern to try one of the many Coors beers on tap, or take them al fresco to talk turkey on the outdoor patio.
Six Yelpers give Golden Bowl an average of four stars: