Expensive pricing for sub-par bowling
Lucky Strike. The name alone suggests that this is a bowling alley first and foremost. It was not named to be a bar, or a pool hall, but a bowling alley. As such, I would have expected the expensive price to reflect this in the quality of bowling. I was wrong.
First, the person at the counter could not understand when I said I had my own bowling shoes. He was also amused that I had my own bowling ball. Thats fine, a upscale bowling alley marketed at trendy folks, I can understand how its not common to see someone with his own gear.
The lanes were horrible. Dry, barely any oil on them, I could not get my ball to track where I wanted and usually get it to track. If you ever bowled at UIC, the you know what I am talking about. No oil tracks on the ball, and the slightest amount of hook causes the ball to over-react. Maybe I am spoiled with cheaper, more run down places that actually take good care of the lanes. Maybe I expected too much out of bowling prices that are easily 2 or 3 times as expensive. The least they could do is oil the lanes.
The bowling here is just an attraction. Don't expect to play a real game. However the food is decent. But... good food and good bowling don't mix. I think even trendy people who are half competant at bowling would appreciate a less upscale place that has a premium bowling experience. You goto a bowling alley to bowl, and you goto a restaurant to eat. Lucky strike is a restaurant/bar, not a bowling alley.