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Let’s Go Bowling!

So I did get an answer to my question from yesterday. If last night’s 40th birthday bash at Lucky Strike Lanes for Bradley Joseph is any indication, “bowling chic” means funky striped shirts and jeans for men, and funky sequined shirts and jeans for women. Bowling shoes provided, of course. CBS4 GM Walt DeHaven was kind enough to team up with me to kick some butt on the bowling lanes. He’s from New Jersey, which apparently explains why he’s a good enough bowler to take on a poor slob like me as a partner. Or so he said. I bowled a 94. I’m pretty sure that’s embarrassing. It was quite a scene, with lots of fab fashionistas kicking off their designer shoes in favor of rented footwear, and tossing back drinks from the open bar hosted by Bradley’s friends Josh Hanfling, Wendy Aiello, Jesse Morreale, Dahlia Weinstein, Holly Kylberg, and others. Rocky Mountain News society writer Dahlia Weinstein rocked the lanes — she’s in a league — and gal-about-town Penny Parker joined in early, before retiring to the couches to observe. Society style maven Holly Kylberg was finally separated from her strappy gold stilettos after much cajoling — and a few cocktails. She started a bit slow, but hit her stride at the end of the evening, after her pals finally put the cameras away. Must be hard to bowl with all those flashes blinding you. It was amazing to see just how competitive even the worst bowlers get, after a few strikes and a few more drinks. Guess I’d better get busy practicing.

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Let’s Go Bowling!

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.