Bowling shoes aren’t just fashionable—they provide the added 2 inches of height needed to load your ball into a regulation-size trebuchet. Lace up and reach for a three-holed pin puncher with today’s Groupon: for $35, you get 1.5 hours of bowling and shoe rental for up to six people, plus 40 arcade tokens at The Alley (up to a $75 value).
Boasting sleek, wooden-floorboard encrusted runways, a 16,000-square-foot go-kart track and a flashy arcade, The Alley offers bored bowlers an exciting reprieve from stale, standard strike centers. Instill a fear of neon-hued spheres in hapless pinheaded enemies with a game on 1 of 32 well-oiled lanes, each equipped with automatic bumpers. Accurate electronic scoring requires no abacus double-checking, but keep close tabs on fellow rollers who might stealthily try to swap in corked balls. Bowlers can also opt to visit The Alley on Friday and Saturday nights (10 p.m.–1 a.m.) for cosmic bowling, where their turkey-flinging talents will be further challenged amid glowing lights and a gravity-less atmosphere.
Take a bowling breather and grab some grill grub at Back Alley Sports Grill, complete with HDTVs and projectors for keeping up with the latest in entertainment, sports, and universal-remote technology. Thanks to the 40 included game tokens, recovered thumbs can dominate at The Alley's arcade, though index fingers will ultimately triumph as they select from a vast selection of redemption prizes.
The Alley Indoor Entertainment
Inside of a 62,000-square-foot arena, The Alley Indoor Entertainment orchestrates an endless labyrinth of entertainment options including 32 bowling lanes, an electric go-kart raceway, classic and modern arcade games, and billiards tables. The slick assortment of bowling boulevards includes eight cosmic lanes that stay aglow for 24 hours each day. The fume-free racing area spans 16,000 square feet of the facility, allowing racers to compete on a track as large as the average mansion of a Full House fan-fiction writer. In the Back Alley Sports Grill, bowlers, racers, and pool players gather under the glow of two 20-foot projection TVs in addition to flat-screen sets to enjoy concessions such as pizza and soft drinks.