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 $30, you get two hours of bowling and shoe rental for five people (up to a $78 value) at Oak Tree Lanes in Diamond Bar.
Oak Tree Lanes pulls in pin snipers with three-dozen lanes and a full slate of bowler-friendly amenities. Take aim at a clustered quarry and send your spheroid down the lane, leaving the alley's electronic scoring system to deal with the arcane rules and complex logarithms that govern the tallying of each frame. Two hours of unlimited games will allow you and your marble-tossing crew more than enough time to brutalize unwitting pins. Bumpers are available to help kids and adults with childlike motor skills keep pin torpedoes on the right track, and a playroom is also on hand to cater to children ages 2–7 too frightened by alternative footwear to take part in the lane games. Because bowling, like most rock-throwing activities, is better in the dark, Oak Tree Lanes also offers Thunder Alley, a Friday and Saturday night bowling experience filled with black lights, lasers, satellite radio, and fog machines, giving adults a fun alternative to conventional bowling and helping kids prepare for renting DVDs of Pink Floyd laser light shows. Oak Tree Lanes also offers weary lane warriors and pin pacifists a number of options for refueling, including a snack bar and sports bar.
The value of your Groupon cannot be applied toward food or drink and is not valid on Mondays from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Thirty-seven Yelpers give Oak Tree Lanes an average rating of 3.5 stars and three Insider Pagers give it a four-star average, with some commenting how the alley shows its age (it has been around since 1986) but agreeing it is an affordable, fun place to bowl:
- What a great place to go hang out! we always have a lot of fun here. Bowling is just not the same w/o Oak Tree Lanes. This older-style bowling alley not just has some heritage, it is still amazingly affordable for a broke college student :-) – J.S., Insider Pages
- This place rules! I haven't bowled in more than 10 years and yesterday's return to the lanes was well worth the wait. – Jenny T., Yelp, 7/12/09
Oak Tree Lanes
With 36 lanes—all with bumper capabilities—Oak Tree Lanes can accommodate kid and adult parties, groups of friends, and professional bowlers at once. Just steps away from the lanes, the younger crowd finds an arcade flashing with electronic distractions, and for adults a two-story sports bar plays up to five different games at once. Men and women of a certain—that is, 21 and older—can pop the caps off of more than two dozen kinds beer and sample nachos, pizzas, and burgers. During breaks from tossing or petting bowling balls, guests can exercise their hand-eye coordination with rounds of pool and darts, or retreat to the private party area on the second floor.