If life is just a bowl of cherries, then bowling is a life of launching 12-pound cherry-flavored gumballs. Experience life's sweetest pastime with today's Groupon: for $6, you get three games of bowling and shoe rental at Mockingbird Lanes at 4870 S. 96th Street, valid during any open bowling session except during cosmic bowling.
In addition to its 32 action-packed lanes, Mockingbird Lanes offers amenities for the entire family, including a newly renovated full-service lounge and snack bar, billiards, a large game room, and bumper lanes to accommodate little ones or the clumsy at heart. Pull yourself up by your bowling shoestraps ($2 rental value) and refine your strike skills during three fun rounds ($2.75–$3.60 per round). Each of the alley's long, lean, and athletic lanes comes with automatic scoring, so disbelieving opponents won't mis-mark your 7-12 split.
For a break between games, catch up on the day's sports happenings in the Bird's Nest Lounge, where six high-definition TVs compete with each other and with Golden Tee Live for eyeball affection. The lounge comfortably seats up to 82 people, tickling up to two ears per patron with tunes from the Internet jukebox. Use your time between rolls to recharge to the Rocky theme song, or cross-train your arm by alternately tossing darts and throwing back beers and pizza.
While patrons of Mockingbird Lanes have yet to write many reviews, five Insider Pagers give it an average of four stars:
Automatic scoring systems keep tabs on every strike and spare inside Mockingbird Lanes, where balls tumble toward 32 clusters of pins. Along with rounds of open bowling, the alley hosts seasonal leagues for men, women, youngsters, and senior citizens alike. During cosmic bowling every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday evening, the lanes glow with black lights and club-style lighting while DJs play upbeat tunes.
Beyond the bowling alley, Mockingbird Lanes houses its own pro shop, where technicians fastidiously repair malfunctioning gear or customized new equipment. After final frames, visitors can reenergize inside Laneslide Diner, whose cooks specialize in American classics such as philly cheesesteaks. Over in the Bird's Nest Lounge, meanwhile, bartenders decant libations amid six big-screen TVs, a billiards table, and an internet jukebox that plays hit songs in between recordings of dial-up modems.