According to Maslow's hierarchy of needs, humans cannot attain self-actualization without first tending to such basic physiological needs as water, sleep, and brisket. Achieve overall fulfillment with today's Groupon: for $10, you get $10 worth of pub fare at Shooters Bar & Grill and $10 worth off-track betting at Trackside Rockford, located inside Don Carter Lanes.
The newly remodeled lounge at Shooters Bar & Grill boasts a casual, sporty atmosphere conducive to betting and hot-wing snacking. A $10 credit toward off-track betting at Trackside Rockford motivates grill-goers to pick a lucky pony and wait out the race by gnawing on a delectable appetizer from the menu instead of their nails, including super nachos, a mountain of tortilla chips snowcapped with a blend of cheeses, ground beef, lettuce, jalapeño, salsa, and sour cream ($5.95). Diners shoot pool on Friday nights as they tear into custom-made burgers, a half-pound of Angus beef with up to six toppings from a selection of more than 25 edible burger crowns, including pickle chips, fried eggs, peanut butter, ham, ranch dressing, and pineapple chunks ($7.49). Lively music fills the aural real estate on weekend nights, with DJs lighting up the dance floors Fridays, and bands taking the stage Saturday night to celebrate well-placed bets with a rousing rendition of the score to the film Seabiscuit.
Rockford-Area Bowling Centers
Each facility in the family of Rockford-Area Bowling Centers enlivens the classic game of bowling with its own signature amenities. On Friday evenings, the staff at Don Carter Lanes temporarily extinguishes its warm, vintagey glow and replaces it with a dimly lit club atmosphere as DJs from 97 ZOK descend upon the alley, pumping out beats that mingle in the air along with a light and fog show. For supplementary entertainment, the Don Carter location also offers a gaming center, and the Park Lanes alley recharges guests with beer and deep-fried fuel at its onsite pub. The Cherry Bowl location keeps serious bowlers properly outfitted with a pro shop, saving them the hassle of paper-mâchéing their own heads to form makeshift bowling balls.