Although once considered a staple of nightclubs and upscale eateries, bowling was banned from fancy establishments after one too many attempts to score strikes on crowded dance floors. Tout tenpins' triumphant return with today's Groupon: £12 for two games of bowling for up to four people at Tenpin Bowling.
With striking locations dotted around the country, the indoor play space at Tenpin Bowling accommodates and entertains with cosmic bowling, a fog-filled laser-tag, and a pool table-filled arcade to keep participants right on cue. Families beat records and bowl for bragging rights at lanes that can include individual bumpers for kids or coddled billionaires who fear failure.
Before squaring off in to two back-to-back matches, bowling quartets will slip on colourful saddle shoes to protect the hardwood from scratches made by street shoes and feet from splinters sent by spiteful hardwood. Players tally scores and trade leads on a computerised scoring system or skip turns while distracted by football games or royal weddings projected on flat-screen televisions hanging between lanes. Each branch handily houses an on-site fuelling station for pre-match energy gathering, a reprieve between games, or a venue for post-victory celebrations.
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