Bowling alleys evolved from real alleys, where gangsters in dapper shoes would knock themselves over in groups of 10 to intimidate enemies. Partake in a more polished version with today's Groupon: for $25, you get two hours of bowling, shoe rental for six, and a pitcher of soda at Wickliffe Lanes (up to a $58.25 total value).
Voted First Place Best Bowling in Cleveland by Fox 8, Wickliffe Lanes keeps its reputation and 40 synthetic lanes polished and clean for pin-toppling friends and families. In a two-hour session, groups of six can generally bowl up to three games (up to a $42 value) while hiding crossed toes beneath rental shoes (up to a $12 value). Each sleek lane comes equipped with optional bumpers, computer scoring for faithful game tracking, and a spacious seating area for bowlers to sip from their soda pitcher (a $4.25 value). Wickliffe Lanes' flexible open-bowling hours easily accommodate ensembles of friends and allegedly lost uncles. Meanwhile, idle bowlers can rack up a game at one of a dozen billiard tables, munch a savory side at the snack bar (not included with this Groupon), or keep an eye on one of 10 HD televisions.
Home to more than 50 bowling leagues, Wickliffe Lanes' synthetic alleyways accommodate sphere hurlers of all skill levels seven days a week, which is one of the many reasons it earned Fox 8's Best Bowling award in 2010. Between frames, bowlers seek nourishment at two full-service bars or at the in-house grill; 12 billiard tables, an arcade, and 20 high-definition TVs also keep minds off high-stakes frames. The smoke-free bowling mecca hosts family-friendly open bowling and provides retractable bumpers, which eliminate gutter balls much like bicycle helmets eliminate bad hair days.