What You'll Get
Bowling, long the favored pastime of the royal court, fell out of favor in the 1890s with the accidental invention of the Slip 'n Slide. Today's Groupon revives the beloved English pastime: for $30, you get two hours of bowling, including shoe rental (a $90 value) and a pitcher of domestic beer or soda (a $12 value), at Lucky Strike Lanes Belmar (a $102 total value). Each Groupon covers bowling time and shoe rental for up to eight people, and two Groupons can be combined to accommodate a group of 16 pin smashers.
Settle a long-running score with a shifty-eyed mail carrier by taking it to the lanes. Your Groupon is good for two full hours of bowling-induced merriment at the Lakewood ball-rolling hall, so lace up the complimentary Louboutin-designed foot coverings and spend 120 minutes perfecting your roll and bagging some turkeys. Included in the deal is a pitcher of domestic beer or soda from the 16-laned hall's full bar, so when stage fright results in trembling limbs and fingers, you can quell the shakes with a frosty-cold barley pop or regular pop.
The festive bowling hall boasts a stylish midcentury lounge feel, complete with plush brown couches, warm autumn-hued walls, and neon underlighting at the bar and lanes. So spend a good chunk of your day or night at Lucky Strike Lanes taunting your friends and taking out frustrations on a group of hapless pinheads. Unlike other competitive sports, such as dogsled racing and rap battles, bowling has zero barriers to entry and a shallow learning curve. Bowlers must call ahead to reserve a lane.
While most bowlers are too busy rolling strikes to write reviews, five Insider Pagers give the Lucky Strike Lanes Belmar four stars:
- I can't get enough of the colorfully-lit bowling lanes (that aren't tacky like those other cosmic bowling places). The atmosphere is chic and trendy- except it's always filled with an exciting buzz. It seemed like a lot of people also came to the bar as a start to their night- what a great idea! – Allie K., Insider Pages
- There are plenty of lanes for bowling and several leagues that operate there. There are also two nice pool tables, a Foosball table, and even a bubble-hockey table (talk about old-school!). Appetizers are nicely priced and very tasty, and there are great vodka drink specials every evening during happy hour. – Rajeev M., Insider Pages
The Fine Print
Promotional value expires Dec 1, 2010. Amount paid never expires. Limit 2 per visit. Reservation required. No cash value. Not valid with other offers. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.
About Lucky Strike Lanes Belmar
Lucky Strike Lanes Belmar's 16 synthetic lanes gleam under a healthy collection of neon lights and high-definition television screens as leather sofas at each lane cradle guests who patiently wait their turn. When not bowling, bowlers can play foosball or billiards at the onsite sports bar or order from a full menu of pizzas, sandwiches, and other grilled items. The sports bar’s wooden accents add to the alley’s decor, which harks back to midcentury lounge styling without vintage drawbacks such as faulty ball returns or the ghosts of failed mayoral candidates floating down the alleyways.