I’ve been putting off going to Lucky Strike bowling lanes in downtown Phoenix for awhile now. While I’m absolutely stoked downtown Phoenix now has a chic and trendy bowling alley for people to go to, I’ve also heard bad things from friends who have gone there–mostly about how expensive bowling there is. But when I got to go there for a holiday work party recently, I was glad I had an excuse to check it out without having to drop mad moolah.
When I walked in, I immediately noticed the bar to my left. It was a very long bar with a ton of stools as well as a few tables. I almost liked the bar area more than the bowling area, because it was so roomy. The lanes, on the other hand, were pretty ridiculously crowded.
First off, there weren’t that many lanes. While there were also several pool tables in the building, the actual bowling area was pretty small, with only a dozen lanes. Each lane had some couches and additional stool seating behind the lanes, but to get by everyone at your lane, you really had to wiggle around them because the couches were so close to the balls. It was incredibly awkward and forces you to get super-close to the people you’re with.
Also, while there were some televisions broadcasting sports above the lanes, one of the screens simply scrolled through random pieces of art. I much rather would have watched music videos of the songs that were playing (which were not good, by the way–Jamiroquai, seriously?!). The whole art thing was sort of bizarre to me and actually made the place seem less hip.
The crowd there, surprisingly, was mostly suits who probably came straight from work. Maybe they too were there for their office holiday parties, and I was surprised the place was as busy as it was. While our lane waitress was super-friendly, service was really slow, and someone in our party said it almost would have made more sense just to walk to the bar ourselves for drinks.
Prices vary depending on times and days, but if you’re going to bowl Friday and Saturday nights after 6 p.m., it’ll cost a whopping $39.95 per lane per hour. That, to me, is ridiculous when so many other lanes have unlimited cosmic bowling (with good music and music videos) for only $20 a person. Don’t go to Lucky Strike–try here instead.