Bowl at one of the upscaliest bowleries in the city and feel like Jay-Z or Mason Andrews. Today's Groupon gets you an hour of bowling plus shoe rental at Mustang Alley's Bar Bowling and Bistro for $15 (normally $31.50). Though you won't be able to use this Groupon on Friday or Saturday from 7 p.m. to close, you can still bowl when the alley has its weekday specials, such as half-price wine bottles on Tuesday and half-price burgers on Wednesday.
The Mustang Alley's concept of "upscale bowling" is pretty much game-changing for the city. Mustang's dress code is rather strict compared to the typical bowling alley's relaxed stance on pants. So leave the sweats, sports jerseys, sleeveless tees, and baggy clothes at home, or you won't get to revel in 12 blacklit lanes (eight 10-pin, four duckpin), four 150-inch high-definition TVs, and a retinue of well-trained servers to refresh your vino and vittles while you roll balls stuffed with Euros to your business partners.
Food and drink are not included in today's Groupon, but you'll probably want to order some anyway off Mustang's robust menu. Just as it's not truly bowling without a beer in hand, it's not truly upscale bowling if a servant doesn't put it there for you.
From preteens celebrating birthdays to finger-strong heroes of otherwise unathletic heft, bowling has been the premier indoor sport of champions for decades. Some may remember that this reputation was very nearly tarnished with the publication of Emory Bangston’s runaway best-seller, How To Cheat At Bowling—And Win!, a step-by-step guide to everything wrong with the modern sport. Here are a few excerpts from Bangston’s manual to treachery:
- “Rental shoes are a drag. While conforming to ‘traditional’ rules of play, most models lack spring-loaded knives.” (p. 12)
- “If a game cannot be saved, remember, earthquakes are the great equalizer. If you don’t live near a fault line, consider investing in nature’s earthquake: dynamite.” (p. 21)
- “A ranged weapon, like a crossbow or grapple, can do more than topple a stubborn pin when your opponent isn’t looking. It can also be pointed threateningly to remind them they’re dealing with someone thoroughly unhinged.” (p. 201)
- “The Claw Machine in the arcade can and should be reprogrammed to terminate. Please see my companion book, The Coming Robot Revolution: Embrace Your Metal Master! (p. 213)
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