Ten-pin-toppling traditionalists, from hippie-noir detectives to the Amish will love today's deal: $20 worth of bowling, pool, food, and drinks at either Moolah Lanes or Saratoga Lanes for $10. If you bring three friends or more, you can combine two Groupons for $40 of value, but you'll have to use it all up in one visit, so find out who has a dental cleaning coming up.
Both eight-lane alleys come from the old school and serve up "bowling the way it used to be," when film was more filmy and carpet designs were mesmerizingly carpety. Take a virtual tour of Moolah or Saratoga. At Saratoga, you'll keep track of your score on paper, just like President James Monroe, so Wii-cosseted bowlers may have to bone up on their strike and spare calculations. There are no laser lights, smoke machines, or thumping discojock jams to sully the moment when ball perfectly hooks into one-pin.
Near the SLU campus, the swanky Moolah's games are $4 per-person on weekdays and $5 on weekends (shoe rental $3). Saratoga's rates are $3 on weekdays (shoe rental $2) and $4 on weekends (shoe rental $3).
If your nickname involves a continental state and the word Fats, you might prefer to pot a few billiard balls with your fellow pool sharks (and the pool remoras that feed off you) for $10 an hour per table. Moolah minglers can engage in pool and ping and pong for the same table rate ($10 per hour). Whichever game you go with, just be sure to wear your most garish thrift-store polyester shirt and some herringbone Sansabelts, and enjoy the favorite indoor pastime of avuncular kings the way it was meant to be enjoyed.
Saratoga Lanes and Moolah Lanes
Billed as the oldest bowling alley west of the Mississippi, Saratoga Lanes has been entertaining families and leagues since 1916. They alley has retained a vintage vibe, with black-and-white checkered floors, turquoise seats, and manual scoring. If players need a break between games, they can retire to the bar (which has craft beers from Schlafly), billiards room, or the sunny veranda.
Saratoga's sister alley, Moolah Lanes, has a bit of a sleeker design, with curved leather banquettes at the end of each alley and digital scoring machines. It's located below the Moolah Theater inside the Moolah Temple, making it an ideal destination for date night.