Bowling was invented after billiard balls grew up, ended their civil war, and turned against their common enemy: jugglers. Put pins in their place with today’s Groupon: for $25, you get one hour of bowling and shoe rental for four people at Star Lanes in Newport (up to a $51.60 value).
Star Lanes pits ball-bearing customers against precarious pins on 22 lanes lining an upscale, modern bowling lounge. Customers begin their sojourn into the strike-based arts by lacing up their rented alley kicks, which protect floors from scuffing and toes from wanton manicurists. Bowlers launch their colorful orbs down the neon-lit, shiny hardwood tracks, knocking pins asunder as scores pop up on the high-definition video screens. Between frames, players relax into sleek, mocha-hued leather couches to bask in the glow of sculptural hanging lamps and colorful artwork, and late nights invite bowlers aged 21 and older to linger beyond the 10th frame for dancing, pool, or the occasional séance. Though not included in today’s deal, Star Lanes keeps bowlers fed with a full-service restaurant and seven full bars flanked by sleek mirrors, plush booths, and nightclub-like lighting.
Star Lanes' rates vary throughout the week.