Lucky Strike Lanes debuted its first location in Hollywood. Wanting to pay homage to its predecessor, Lucky Strike purchased Lane #7 from Star Lanes and made it Lucky Strike Hollywood’s bar. It’s been good luck ever since. Seven years and 19 locations later Lucky Strike Lanes continues to roll its way across the country.
Tech City Bowl offers a fusion of modern and classic entertainment, as 170-inch high-definition screens hover above the center's 32 lanes. The facility hosts open-bowling hours throughout the week, and allows customers to earn redemption tickets that may be redeemed for video games, radio-controlled helicopters, cameras, and more. They also offer league opportunities for adults and children, as well as interactive bowling games such as Rocky Road Race. Every Friday and Saturday night, Tech City Bowl takes on fluorescent hues and black-lit lanes for Cosmic X-Bowl. Laser lights and fog machines fill the alley with special effects, and a live DJ spins dance-worthy tunes that are broadcast on the high-definition screens. In the adjacent arcade, players can test abilities on air hockey and video games, and the onsite sports bar fills empty glasses with classic libations and seasonal microbrews. Bowlers can refuel in between rounds at the center's grill, which serves a full menu to keep hungry players from cracking open their bowling balls onto frying pans.
Though teams compete for a trophy at the end of the season, the Seattle Bocce League is rarely about the competition. In every game, players spend most of their time fraternizing with the enemy as well as their teammates, convening afterward at nearby bars to shake hands over exclusive drink specials. Open to participants of all ages and genders, the league centers on the ancient sport of bocce, in which athletes roll colorful balls toward a smaller sphere—the palina—attempting to land closer than their opponents. After the eight-week season crescendoes into a playoff round, every team gets a chance to clamor for the final prize package, which includes a trophy, gift certificates, concert tickets, and a 2-liter beer boot to use to celebrate the victory or wade through Germany's lager-filled swamps.
It would be inadequate to call Garage a bowling alley, even though bowlers roll strikes down its 20 lanes. It's also not just a pool hall, despite its 25 billiards tables, or a restaurant, even though Chef Garrett Michael Brown offers a menu with rustic pizzas and slow-roast pork ribs every night. Owners Jill Young-Rosenast and Alex Rosenast used their years of experience running venues such as RockCandy and Temple Billiards to create an all-inclusive playland for the 21-and-older crowd.
The Rosenasts carefully designed every inch of Garage's 40,000 square feet of space, an old Plymouth dealership and garage on Capitol Hill built in 1928. At first, it was primarily a pool hall, but it's been changing and expanding since day one. In addition to the fun inside, it now boasts a sprawling-but-stylish covered patio, complete with bar, so that there's no delay in dispatching cocktails and bottles from an extensive wine list. (In the winter, the space is heated.) Despite these changes, the original industrial vibe still permeates the decor. The Rosenasts filled the various spaces with high ceilings and exposed wooden trusses, which hang over accents of high-gloss automotive paint and '50s-style furniture.
Other areas seem more like art galleries. In the Echo Room—one of the Garage's private spaces—a 50-foot photo mural from photographer Nick Brandt depicts an elephant herd led by its matriarch, harkening back to a time before pachyderms came with GPS. Private events also fill the Star Lounge, which houses pool tables, six additional bowling lanes, and two of Jill's own art installations, including a display of dolls recovered from bombed factories in Eastern Bloc countries.
Jefferson Park Golf Course may be celebrating its 100-year anniversary in 2015, but one look at the plans for the new clubhouse clearly points to the future. The new structure will welcome golfers with a two-tier driving range, a bar and grille with outdoor seating, and the ghost of course architect Thomas Bendelow, who's been staying at a motel during construction. The course has even adopted the new sport of Footgolf, which swaps out golf balls and clubs for a soccer ball and a much larger hole. Of course, some things are the same as when the first golfers teed up back in 1915. The city skyline and Mt. Rainier still linger in the background of the 18-hole layout, providing a dramatic backdrop as players make their way around the 18-hole championship course or 9-hole par 3 course.
Course at a Glance: * 18-hole, par 70 course * Total length of 6,278 yards from the back tees * Course rating of 70.3 from the back tees * Course slope of 120 from the back tees * Three sets of tees per hole * View the scorecard
Foot Golf: * 9-hole, par 31 course * Total length of 1,001 yards * View the scorecard
For the last 55 years, Kenmore Lanes has given locals a safe, family-friendly place to celebrate birthdays, engage in friendly competition, or just drop by for some pancakes and pin-demolition. Besides containing a whopping 50-lanes, and on-site pro shop, and a 20-game arcade, the alley also boasts a full-service restaurant serving everything from early bird breakfast specials to bleu cheese burgers. Meanwhile, in the 11th frame lounge, adults will find plenty of excuses to hang around well-after the last strike, including nightly bartender specials, dart boards, and a juke box. And, if they stick around, players can enjoy free games of pool every night from 10 p.m. to closing or until their mom comes to pick them up.