Tuesday, May 17, 2011
New Lucky Strike Lanes in Fort Worth brings glitz to bowling
Lucky Strikes fills a niche in the West 7th area with its super sleek and clubby atmosphere.
Lucky Strike Lanes rolled out the “red carpet” for several hundred people during their grand opening last week. Upon arrival, my husband and I found quite a line. Fortunately we arrived early and didn’t have to wait long; but it was amusing to see people indignant over being forced to wait in line and quotes like “What is this? LA?”
Once we entered, the pounding beats by the DJ and the throngs of people gave the place a club feel. The size of the bar and lounge area make the bowling area look almost like an afterthought. Maybe I expected an upscale version of Don Carter Lanes á la Main Event, but Lucky Strike is no Don Carter Lanes – this place is uber-sleek and trendy. I said to myself, “What is this? LA?”
There’s a huge bar area, booth seating surrounding the bar, a sexy lounge area with plenty of plush seating – oh yeah, and a few bowling lanes should the mood strike you (pun intended). And dude, the big screen TVs over the bowling lanes were showing The Big Lebowski. I found my piece of Fort Worth on the patio with a lovely view overlooking West 7th street, the Westside, and Downtown. You’ll find plenty of seating on the large patio. I thought the industrial looking “garage doors” that open up onto the patio were a nice touch.
The appetizer-sized food disappeared quickly. Apparently, I’m not the only fan of free food. I did manage to try a few things and I really liked their pizzas. The crisp pizza crust was soft and chewy once you bit into it; the spinach-artichoke left a good impression. The crispy salmon won-ton won me over with a nice piece of glazed salmon on top of a fried wonton -- think fancy nachos.
Even though the event was chock-full of “VIPs,” I did indeed feel lucky to get the invite. I appreciated the opportunity to see the space filled with people having a good time (free booze and food will do that). Lucky Strikes fills a niche in the West 7th area with its super sleek and clubby atmosphere. It’s destined to become a popular nighttime spot. And don’t forget to add Lucky Strike to potential lunch spots in the West 7th area as well.
A few things to note about Lucky Strike: After 7 p.m., it is for those 21 and over only, and there is a dress code.
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