November 1 2004, 5:20 PM
It's a lounge, a sports bar, a restaurant and a bowling alley, and every corner of the Lucky Strike bowling alley in the Denver Pavilions is brand-spanking new and swanker than you'd expect from anything with "alley" in its name. The space is scheduled to open Friday, and is coming along nicely judging by the walk-through I took earlier today with GM Michael Tracas. It has 12 gleaming lanes waiting for the first scuff of bowling ball on polished wood, but the lounge and dining areas take up just as much of the massive space as the actual bowling lanes. Everything about the space is new, shiny, and upscale -- almost to the point of ruining the atmosphere a bit. Aren't bowling alleys supposed to look a little worn, a little broken in? Apparently the folks at Lucky Strike know that bowling has become chic, serving up top-shelf liquor and seafood entrees in the Hollywood-glam lounge. But the menu does include a few classics; hot dogs and chicken wings will fit the tastes of old-school bowlers while the ahi tuna served in a martini glass will appeal to an entirely different segment of the population. Friday night, the Denver Active 20-30 club hosts a charity benefit for their Children's Fund. Get your $40 tickets (303-832-8390 to rsvp) and you'll be among the very first to see the finished product. Saturday is a private VIP party, and next Monday, November 8 is the official opening to the public.