On a list of the sexiest sports, bowling would probably rank pretty low. Lucky Strike Lanes, which recently opened at 500 East 16th Street in the Denver Pavilions, is hoping to change that by combining nightclub and gourmet-restaurant elements with ten pins and a heavy ball.
"Bowling isn't for bowlers anymore," says Lucky's Michael Tracas. "We wanted to bring bowling up to date and make it hip and classy."
With upscale ambience, vintage elements of the '30s and '40s, contemporary decor and art displays, Lucky Strike Lanes is distinct from any other bowling alley around. This futuristic-meets-retro lounge also features twelve abundantly decorated lanes, a one-hundred-by-ten-foot video wall, forty-inch plasma-screen TVs everywhere and five billiards tables.
The restaurant seats 120, and the menu includes normal bowling fare like hot dogs and pizza, but it also offers hurling hipsters ahi tuna and homemade tomato-and-cheese s'mores. The bar is fully stocked for those in the mood for martinis, wine, or the bowling-alley fave, Bud Light.
"We have a high-energy staff trying to make people feel as comfortable as possible as they enjoy the fun around them," says Tracas. "Comfort and fun are two things that make up the 20,500 square feet at Lucky Strike Lanes."
For those on a roll, Lucky Strike is open from 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. seven days a week (though from 5 to 9 p.m., anyone under 21 must be accompanied by an adult; after 9, no underagers are allowed). There's a dress code, so don't wear your Big Lebowskibathrobe. For more information, visit www.bowlluckystrike.com. -- Richard Kellerhals
A Quick 36
Keystone opens with a vengeance
For most skiers and snowboarders, the start of the ski season is a cause for celebration. Like eager children racing down the stairs to the Christmas tree, downhill enthusiasts take to I-70 with renewed zeal each season, dreaming of that first, long-awaited run. For those runny-nosed diehards, there is no better feeling in the world than strapping on skis or boards and plunging into fresh powder. Unless, of course, they're only paying $36 for it. That's exactly what will happen today, as Keystone greets the winter with 36 Hours of Keystone, a day-and-a-half-long celebration of skiing, riding and music on and off the mountain. This 2004-2005 season opener begins at 8 a.m. and carries on through the night until 8 p.m. tomorrow. Lift tickets are $36, $1 per hour, with accommodations at the Inn at Keystone available for $36 per night. A series of WinterFall events, held every weekend through December 19 at Keystone, will also get started. For more information, call 1-800-468-5004 or visit www.keystone.snow.com. -- Adam Cayton-Holland