"I think people come for the vibe we put out. It seems almost nostalgic for people to come [here]," staff member Adam Ahlburg says.
Open from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. daily, Lucky Strike works with any budget. On weekdays, for $4.95 per game before 5 p.m. plus $3.95 for shoe rental, anybody can challenge their friends to a game of bowling in a luxury setting.
Customers can reserve lanes nightly for approximately $60 an hour. This alleviates the sometimes three-hour wait to get in for a game.
Lucky Strike also offers a private party room for guests to enjoy. Reserved for groups of 50 to 150 people, four lanes can be rented out and curtained off at a cost ranging from $300 per hour in the daytime to $700 per hour at night. Food and alcohol packages are also available.
"I think this place is great," says Julie Perry of West Hollywood. "It’s really clean and the staff [members] are really attentive."
For the nighttime crowd looking for something different, Lucky Strike offers the scenery to set up a perfect date or a fun night with friends.
"[Lucky Strike] turns into a club-like atmosphere after 7 p.m. We have a live DJ and it’s 21-and-up," staff member Sean Davis says. "Everybody is cool and Hollywood sheik. It’s a nice, really clean crowd and there’re never any problems or fights."
Hollywood’s mix of people reflects the type of customers that can be found attending Lucky Strike on any given night.
"We get a diverse crowd in here," John Murray, general manager of Lucky Strike Hollywood says. "We get a lot of celebrities in here, but it’s cool because everybody just relaxes."
Murray says the atmosphere created by Lucky Strike adds to the feeling of total relaxation. In the bowling area, standard hard molded seats have been replaced with plush sofas, and each bowling lane – of which there are 12 – has its own table for patrons to eat dinner while they play.
Lucky Strike’s restaurant isn’t only for food at the lanes, there are also tables and booths for people to sit down and enjoy a meal. Chicken skewers, coconut shrimp and gourmet pizza are on the menu, but bowling alley staples like fries and onion rings are served as well. A full bar stocks a huge assortment of alcohol to quench any thirst. The brick walls and dim lighting add to the ambiance, creating a warm, cozy place where people can wind down.
Hollywood’s posh exclusivity dissipates while at Lucky Strike, making this restaurant-alley combination a spot that anybody will enjoy.
In addition to its 12 bowling lanes and restaurant, Lucky Strike also features billiards, an outside patio, a DJ/VJ and lounge. Parking is available for $6 at the corner of Yucca and Highland. For more information, visit www.bowlluckystrike.com.