Navigating the Las Vegas nightlife scene is already considered a sport by many who visit Sin City , but with the new Lucky Strike Lanes at the Rio , guests truly can add a sport - bowling - to their options when hitting the town.
Lucky Strike Lanes features a 10-lane bowling alley and full-service restaurant and is open to all ages during the day. After 9 p.m., however, the lights dim and the venue morphs into a hip spot to gather with friends for a night of bowling, cocktails and the hottest music.
"This is not your grandfather's bowling alley," said Lucky Strike Manager Kenna Warner.
Lucky Strike has added an upscale, nightlife touch to the traditional bowling alley. Gone are the hard plastic chairs you'll find in most - instead lounge away on leather couches while you wait your turn to bowl or enjoy bottle service at your lane as a DJ sets the mood.
Lucky Strike also features state-of-the-art technology including large projection screen TVs and score screens with picture-in-picture - perfect for viewing sporting events or other television programs while also keeping track of your own strikes and spares. As you roll the ball down the lane, the computer also tells you how many miles per hour you're averaging.
There's no need to worry if you're not as technologically savvy as the bowling alley itself. Although the screens that keep track of your score may be state-of-the-art, you don't have to know how they work.
"You don't even have to enter your name or enter anything for yourself - we tried to make it easy - all you have to do is grab a cocktail and some food and go," Warner said.
Lucky Strike's red brick façade and retro bowling photographs add to the venue's hip atmosphere. One wall running alongside the lanes is glass, allowing those passing through the casino to check out the fun inside. The bowling alley is black lit and everything, from the shoes to the bowling balls, glows in the dark.