A place where you can Bowl, and…listen to Live Mus—wait, is this a misprint? They seriously do this? In Hollywood?
You know who I blame for this? Sitcoms.
Yes, the great ol’ American Situation Comedy. They are the ones who have made Bowling so…well…boring over the years.
Look at Happy Days. Look at The Simpsons. Plain ol’ Average Guys form a four person team, and go out just to get away from the wives.
…and using Bowling to do it.
So, of course, because of the popularity of the great American Situation Comedy, the idea gets burned into my head, as well as the heads of countless viewers all over America that Bowling is hopelessly, ridiculously square. That it’s something for our parent’s generation.
(Sniff-sniff). Do I smell an emerging market taking shape?
Apparently, I do because of the advent of Rock N Bowl.
Yes, I imagine my Autocorrect is going nuts at this very moment. I did not say Rock and Roll but Rock N Bowl. The idea of merging loud music, colorful, hypnotic lights, hipster videos, and…and….
Lucky Strike is one such Rock N Bowl franchise. The one I went to is located in a…well…semi-hard to get at place inside the Hollywood and Highland complex. It’s got DJs. It’s got a bar. It’s got Food. It’s even got a stage for Live Performances, and yes I heard me some of that while I was there.
So yeah, the idea is that you and your friends come, eat, drink, listen to some loud music your parent’ll hate, and…
No, no. It’s not just you. I’m still trying to wrap my head around it.
Don’t get me wrong. For what Lucky Strike does (and damn doesn’t that sound like a Cigarette ad), it does very well. The space is nice and…frankly large. They’ve got a great looking bar that you’d be tempted to hang out at even if you never picked up a ball. They even serve food, and yes, you can come down and listen to some live acts.
So, Lucky Strike is just about the nicest Rock N Bowl place out there. I’ve been to a few, and should I have cause to come back (you never know), It’ll be to here.
WHAT SHOULD I GET?: Okay, this is the main drawback of coming to Lucky Strike or any Rock N Bowl place you can think of. The food is nothing to write home about.
The event I was at involved a lot of the Flatbread Pizzas, particularly the Margherita, which as I said was okay. Nothing to write home about. You won’t be busting down Lucky Strike’s doors to get at their flatbreads.
I also tried to Short Rib Tacos, because…well…I’m a sucker for those. And…they…were…
…naaah. They were what they were. A pale imitation of Food Truck greatness. I will say, if I were to come to bowl again (and you can’t rule that out), this is probably what I’d order again. But compared to other Tacos in L.A. Repeat refrain.
IMPORTANT SAFETY TIP, PEOPLE: Just understand going in that Lucky Strike is mad-easy to see from the street, but hard to find once you’re in the Hollywood and Highland complex. Best advice, stay on lowest level with Shops and Eateries, head toward the corner with California Pizza Kitchen (shudder), and leave the complex.
That’s right. Leave Hollywood and Highland. You have to be on Highland itself to get into Lucky Strike.
Once you’re in there, don’t go expecting Bon Jovi or U2 to take the stage, and you’ll be fine. In fact, should I assume if you’re playing Lucky Strike you haven’t yet made it to to the level of playing some of our finest bars and performance areas along Sunset?
PARKING: Probably the easiest part of coming here. As I said, you’re at Hollywood and Highland. One of it’s few saving graces, is a whole mess of low cost parking. You might have to go down in to the depths to find you a space, but it won’t cost you an arm and a leg.
Tel: (323) 467-7776
Monday-Wednesday: 12pm – 1am
Thursday-Friday: 12pm – 2am
Saturday-Sunday: 11am – 2am