Though a popular sport in Canada, curling evolved from less successful ice-and-rock pairings, such as frozen-river stone skipping and flirting by throwing rocks at unsuspecting zamboni drivers. Learn the lineage’s latest form with today’s Groupon to Richmond Curling Club. Choose from the following options:
- For $44, you get an intro-to-curling lesson for two and a $10 cafe or lounge voucher (an $89.52 value).
- For $80, you get an intro-to-curling lesson for four and a $20 cafe or lounge voucher (a $179.04 value).
- For $143, you get an intro-to-curling lesson for eight and a $40 cafe or lounge voucher (a $358.08 value).
Courses meet Thursday from 9 p.m. to 11 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to noon.
Richmond Curling Club’s experienced coaches satiate students’ desire to discover curling dexterity with informative lessons followed by delectable grub and drafts. Two-hour sessions assemble multiples of eight pupils onto one of the club’s eight sheets of curling ice to acquire information dispensed from instructors boasting regional-, provincial-, and national-level coaching experience. Apprentices absorb the game’s rules, discover how to throw rocks, develop placement strategies, and decide whether curling brooms shuttle stones more effectively than pickup trucks.
Grub constructors at the on-site Big Rock Cafe curate a menu of tasty treats that nourish pre- or postpractice tummies. As a tossed house salad’s cucumbers, tomatoes, and carrots ($5) bounce into mouths, hand-cut yukon-gold fries ($4.50) delight diners and disappoint treasure hunters. Grill devotees can scarf down chicken burgers glazed in teriyaki sauce and ornamented with pineapple and mayo ($9.50) or can salivate over an 8-ounce rib eye served alongside a dollop of mushroom butter ($10). Boasting six drafts on tap and an abundance of ciders and white and red wines, Sliders Lounge entertains imbibing patrons with foosball and pool tables, dartboards, a dance floor, and a nightly ice-kissing contest.