Lucky Strike throws state-of-the-art bowling and a pinch of swanky atmosphere into a blender, presses "puree," and serves you a thrillciting bowling smoothie. Saddle up to one of 14 lanes and spend two full hours basking in bowling-induced merriment ($45 per hour). Lace up the Louboutin-designed foot coverings (shoe rental is $4.95 per person) to achieve the ideal footing for perfecting your roll, bagging some turkeys, and settling a long-running score with a shifty-eyed mail carrier. Included in the deal is a $10 food voucher, so when stage fright results in trembling limbs and fingers, you can quell the shakes with some homemade roasted-garlic hummus or mac 'n' cheese bites.
If not for the occasional clatter of pins, Bowlmor Lanes' bright and modern decor and its full-service dining room could be mistaken for a lively nightclub. The sleek establishment’s gleaming lanes exude a glamorous charm not often found in bowling alleys. Adding to the ambience is a high-end sports bar and glow-in-the-dark lighting that illuminates each bowling pin.
Splitsville explores contemporary consumption within a bowling framework, combining swankiness with three bars, and a full-service restaurant. Splitsville’s menu, developed under the guidance of one of Food & Wine magazine's Best New Chefs of 2008 Tim Cushman, stacks up and knocks down a cadre of ville plates ($5–$14) including spicy edamame and three-pepper calamari, stomach-stuffing signature plates ($14–$19) including the mahi mahi with voodoo shrimp and filet mignon, and big bowl drinks ($21) including the rum bowl and voodoo juice bowl. Diners sprinkle the restaurant with chatter as they dive into their choice of sauced steaks, generous pizzas, and rolls from the on-site sushi bar to the musical vibrations blowing from the speakers. After 8 p.m., all diners younger than 21 turn into pumpkin-shaped bowling balls and the fine hobby-sport decorum requests an evening-casual dress code as the crowd usurps the restaurant’s reins for nocturnal nourishment with energetic music.
Clattering pins echo across Bird Bowl’s 60 well-oiled lanes, underscoring postgame meals at the sprawling facility’s on-site restaurant and two bars. During competitive bowling bouts ($25+/hour), players lace up multicolored kicks before rolling weighty orbs toward pins beneath the kaleidoscopic grandeur of ocean-themed wall murals. Like text messaging, automatic scoring renders pencils and pens obsolete, ensuring wrists stay loose enough to toggle joysticks and sling air-hockey pucks in the on-site game room.