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 and up to five friends get two hours of bowling and shoe rental at Rule 3 in Pickerington. The clean, hip hobby hub was named the Best New Center by Bowlers Journal International in 2009.
Part bowling alley, part bar, and part restaurant, Rule 3 takes pride in providing fun for the entire family. Lace up a pair of bowling loafers ($3 per pair) and take to the lanes (up to a $30 value per hour per lane on Friday nights and weekends) with up to five of your favorite comrades, where you'll be able to practice your armswing arm-in-arm. Each of Rule 3's 14 luxurious lanes is equipped with an automatic scoring system and a loyal ball return, so if you strike, it will be noted, and if you gutterball, it will also be noted, but the nonjudgmental ball will roll back into your waiting arms. Although food and drink purchases are not included in today's Groupon, take advantage of Rule 3's modern, lounge-like eatery to recharge by knocking down some burgers and cold ones after a midmorning of knocking down pins. Open bowling is available all day, every day (click here for hours of operation), giving avid orb-hurlers a chance to scratch the nocturnal sporting itch that refuses to be sated by paper football alone.
- The center itself is designed to appeal to families, with food and fun for all age groups. – Bill Chronister, Columbus Dispatch
- In short, if you could shrink this complex down and stash it in a time capsule…you'd have an accurate snapshot of early 21st-century American popular culture. – G.A. Benton, Alive!
It'd be perfectly possible to visit Rule 3 every day for a week and never repeat the same activity. A 14-lane bowling alley sits at the core of this entertainment emporium, right next to a scaled-down bowling area with smaller balls and shorter lanes for kids. But bowling is just the beginning at Rule 3. The arcade here is an 8-bit dream come true, hosting no fewer than seven Pac-Man machines.
A half-acre backyard area extends the good times outdoors, with sand-volleyball courts, picnic tables, corn hole, and live music throughout the summer. Of course, all these activities require energy, which is why Rule 3 dishes out all-natural burgers and homemade pizzas..