We can thank Archduke Leopold Wilhelm, the inventor of bowling, for introducing “The pin is mightier than the sword” and “Fortune favors the bowled” into the cultural lexicon. Heed his words of wisdom with today’s Groupon to Pin Chasers: for $20, you’ll get a $40 gift card good for bowling, arcade games, and food, which you can redeem at one of three Tampa-area locations.
Pin Chasers keeps its bowling old-school—that is, clean, family-friendly, and affordable (bowling rates are $4.79 per adult, $3.79 per child). The friendly staff will provide you with free shoe rental, bowling balls, socks, and bowling advice to prevent you and your two fellow stooges from suffering any hilarious injuries. Pin Chasers is open every day of the year, and its late hours make it easy to bowl the night away with some good friends and food close at hand. If you want to roll like a Jetson, stop by for Cyber Bowling on Friday and Saturday nights, which features live a DJ, dazzling lights, and computers that run on friendship.
- Giving a bowling alley five stars isn't easy. But cheap, clean, and uncrowded [sic] environments tug at my heart strings. The ball selection, computers, and staff are all top notch. – Luke H., Yelp
- I enjoy this place very much. The staff is ALWAYS friendly and accommodating. The building is always clean. The machines run well. As an avid bowler, I can't ask for any more. I've seen nothing but satisfied customers...I've been bowling my whole life and no center has ever worked harder for my business. – Mr. Mead, Bowling2u
- I have been going to Pin Chaser Midtown for years. I have found the upgrades to the center outstanding and one of the top bowling centers in the Tampa Bay area. The center staff has always been couteous [sic] and I have always felt welcome and my patrongage [sic] appreciated. – FB, Bowling2u
For more than 50 years, family-owned Pin Chasers alleys have been adding perks to the bowling basics. Leagues for all skill levels, six-week lesson plans, and the immersive light shows of late-night Cyber bowling entertain families with the fundamentals. It's when the scoring systems—equipped with touchscreen consoles and customizable backgrounds—boot up or the automatic bumpers raise between turns that players might first take notice of their high-tech surroundings. As for service, the inviting staff hand out complimentary bowling shoes and socks, and will assist guests in picking out the right type of ball rather than noisily sandblasting one down to size when it doesn’t fit. The full-service cafes also manage to defy expectations by serving breakfast fare around the clock.
Friendly employees and full bars span each of Pin Chasers' three locations, but other amenities differ. Visitors can aim cues at Veterans' four billiards tables, stretch their thumbs at East Pasco's arcade, or try to count all of Midtown's 50 lanes without first extracting their fingers from their bowling balls.