Lucky Strike

LA Live
800 Olympic Blvd., 2nd floor
Los Angeles, CA 90015

Parking: $5 for 1st 2 hours, $5 each30 min. after 2 hours – OR take the Metro – nearby stops on the Red Line (Civic Center station) and Blue Line
Days: Monday-FridayTimes: 4-8pm and 10pm-close (M-W)
Drink Deals: $3 Select Draft Beers, $4 Lucky Shots, $5 Well Drinks & House Wine
Food Deals: ½ off Small Cravings. However, the website says $5 Appetizers

Lucky Strike is a great Happy Hour to go to before or after a special event in the LA Live area. That was the case when the Lakers played during our visit. Unlike the happy hour at Katsuya that was not having happy hour because of the Lakers game, Lucky Strike lured us in by staff handing out $2 drink coupons.

The Golden Ticket

I was immediately surprised by how happening it was. Many, many years ago, I visited Lucky Strike’s Hollywood location and it was just all right. From what I remember, if you’re not there to bowl, you may get bored pretty quickly. However, the cool thing about the LA Live location is that you don’t have to be there to bowl or be a bowler’s groupie to enjoy the space because it is HUGE. In fact, I barely laid eyes on the bowling lanes.

The bar area is basically a lounge complete with a long bar with plenty of stools, and lots of sofa like seating with low tables. And for those who can’t score tickets to a game (no comment on the current state of the Lakers), there’s so many TV’s that one can sit anywhere and not miss a thing.

This is how things may look after a couple of happy hours.

As for drinks, our coupon scored us a $2 vodka cranberry served in a low ball glasses. I’m not sure if it is normally served in a low-ball glass, but you can’t complaint about a $2 drink. During happy hour, the well drinks are normally $5 along with house wine. There are also $3 select draft beers and some mysterious “Lucky Shot” for $4 during happy hour.

To finish up our happy hour feast, we ordered the grilled apple & brie quesadilla ($3.50 on our visit). For an extra $1, you can add grilled chicken, but we skipped the chicken to fit JB’s
vegetarian needs. It’s always nice to see original eats on a menu. While we don’t claim to be foodies, we do like to experience foodie culture once in a while and skip the calamari, fries, mac & cheese, etc. Brie is a weakness of mine and it went well with the drizzled mustard, maple syrup. I’d definitely order it again, maybe next time with chicken.

Grilled Apple & Brie Quesadilla

The service was pretty damn good considering how packed the place was. Our bartender was able to take the time to explain what we could get with our drink coupon and remembered to leave the bacon bits off the quesadilla in the midst of all the craziness. He was a hustler and kept a smile on his face the whole time, unlike our experience at Flemings.

I’d definitely return if in the area or suggest as a party location. However, since it gets so busy, it also gets loud so I wouldn’t necessarily go out of my way to go there. Plus, when a bar has to stress their dress code all over their site and doors, I have to wonder what type of people normally go there that they have to be reminded to dress like a mature adult.

If other LA Live bars and restaurants want to know where all the potential customers are, they might want to take a seat at Lucky Strike’s happy hour.

Rating: 3.5 Martinis
Lucky Strike Lanes & Lounge on Urbanspoon

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