Like the 100-meter dash, the easiest route to victory at bowling is to stay in your lane and flail your elbow until all your foes have been leveled. Topple all upright adversaries with today's Groupon: for $23, you get two hours of bowling and shoe rentals for up to six people at King Pin Lanes in Midlothian (up to an $87 value).
King Pin Lanes escorts orbs toward 10-pin armies atop 32 buffed and polished synthetic lanes. Slick footwear glides over the floor with all the weightlessness of moon skates in up to two frame-filled hours as flat-screen monitors keep score. Between-duty bowlers can relax amid the new tables, chairs, and sofas that outfit every lane. Optional bumpers for children 8 and younger even the glistening playing fields for junior-varsity players. Friday and Saturday night cosmic bowling illuminates lanes with glowing videos playing on three megascreens and the thumping bass of DJ Connection until 2 a.m.
Although not included in today's Groupon, King Pin Lanes offers ample entertainment with a recently expanded arcade featuring skee-ball, basketball, and four billiards tables. A full-service bar and signature eats nourish worn-out bowling arms.
King Pin Lanes
No matter the day, a sense of competition fills the air at King Pin Lanes. The sound of clattering pins and congratulatory high-fives echoes as bowlers roll strikes down the alley's 32 gleaming lanes. Automatic scoring systems allow visitors to focus on their upcoming bowls instead of adding up frames, and groups with kids 10 and younger can add bumpers to each gutter to help little ones get into the competitive spirit. Every Friday and Saturday, a DJ spins tunes to soundtrack cosmic bowling sessions with requests dominating after 9 p.m. At King Pin Cafe, King Pin Lanes' snack bar, bowlers gather all week long around plates of tater tots or freshly grilled burgers for conciliatory snacks after intense games or bowling shoe insults, while a full-service restaurant and lounge, Midlo's Bite is also available.