On a hot afternoon, we decided it would be a good time to use our Groupon at the Jupiter Bowl bowling alley in Park City last week to escape the heat. We arrived around noon and were promptly taken care of by the front desk. There were only a few lanes being used and not much of a crowd at first. Our groupon for $29 included shoe rental and 2 hours of bowling for up to six people, an 18-inch New York style pizza (choice of cheese or pepperoni), a pitcher of soda and $2 in arcade tokens. Later I found out that they automatically add 15% gratuity ($5.22) and tax ($2.13) so the total ended up being $29 + $7.35 = $36.35. I see now on their website that they also offer the same deal minus the $2 of tokens on Sundays from 12pm-7pm for $49.50 (which does include tax and gratuity) and you can have up to six people at your lane. You can reserve lanes an pay for them by the hours or pay per game. Here is their current prices: Jupiter Bowl Pricing.
Shortly after we got to our lane and picked out our bowling balls, our waiter came and took our order for the pizza and soda. About halfway into our first game, the food arrived. I never have eaten and bowled at the same time and found it kind of distracting, especially trying to wipe the pizza grease off to prevent bowling ball mishaps, but we didn’t wanted to stop playing in order to get in as much bowling as possible. On a side note, if you haven’t bowled in a long time and are over 30-something, you may want to stretch a little before and starting with a lower weight ball to prevent unused muscle group blowouts; not that it happened to us ;).
A Bowling Alley Plus Restaurant, Full Bar, Arcade and More
The pizza was sort-of New York style, but I am biased since I spent some time living on the east coast in Jersey & New York. It was okay, nothing great. On a side note, if you want good New York style pizza in Park City, the one that comes closest to being authentic is at Maxwells East Coast Eatery which is just around the corner from the Jupiter Bowl. When we got to our second game, there was a malfunction and the screen told us to stand-by while someone worked on the problem. Tip: don’t wait because no one is notified despite what the screen says. Just go to the front desk and tell someone. After we did, it was fixed in a jiffy.
Behind the bowling lanes, there are pool tables, an arcade and the Black Diamond Bar serving drinks and appetizers. There is also The Lift Grill and Lounge for those who prefer to sit down at a table and eat away from the bowling lanes. After we played our 2 hours worth of games, we used our $2 of tokens on two games of air hockey in the arcade since we’re not that into video games. It isn’t a huge arcade, but enough to games to keep kids occupied if they get bored with bowling. But $1 for one game play?! I guess the 25¢ Pac-Man, Frogger and Space Invaders days are long gone. As I mentioned before, when we arrived the place was pretty empty, but around 1pm a bunch of kids with parents in tow showed up and all lanes were occupied. It got kind of loud, but it’s a bowling alley not a library so don’t expect serenity.
Overall, we had a good time. The pizza was just okay, perhaps other food from the restaurant would be better. The Jupiter Bowl has a fun atmosphere and offers a little more, especially for adults, than your standard bowling alley. If you’re looking for an afternoon off from skiing or from the summer heat or an evening activity alternative, try it out with a group of friends. The Jupiter Bowl has all kinds of weekly, special promotions going on in addition to Karaoke Wednesday, Live Music Fridays, free bowling after 10pm on Saturday evenings (maximum 2 games) among other deals. They are located in Kimball Junction (Park City Exit off I-80) in the Redstone Shopping Center area in the southeast corner near Best Buy.
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