Georgetown will get a lot more fun when Pinstripes, a swanky bowling alley, opens Friday in The Shops at Georgetown Park. The 34,000-square foot space will house 14 lanes, bocce courts, a wine cellar, an Italian-inspired menu, outdoor patios and more. The only other similar bowling alley in D.C. is Lucky Strike in Chinatown, which also has 14 bowling lanes and a the look of an upscale lounge. Let’s see how the soon-to-open bowling alley and Lucky Strike stack up:
1. Both alleys will have 14 lanes.
2. Pinstripes is charging a flat $7 per person per game, while Lucky Strike charges $6 per person per lane before 5 p.m. After 5 p.m., it’s $8 per person per game Sunday through Thursday and $65 per hour on Fridays and Saturdays, with up to 10 people able to bowl each lane.
3. Lucky Strike charges $4.20, including tax, for shoe rental. Pinstripes will charge $4 per shoe rental, and the shoes come with a pair of free Pinstripes socks you get to keep.
4. Pinstripes will have six indoor bocce ball courts. Each game will cost $5 to $7 per person, depending on the day, according to WBJ. There are no bocce ball courts at Lucky Strike.
5. The food at both locations is pretty different. Lucky Strike’s menu screams “party,” with fried food, wings, tacos, mini burgers and bar foods like artichoke dip and nachos. Pinstripes is going for a more Italian bistro feel, with flatbreads, pastas, sandwiches, desserts, wines and beer.
6. Lucky Strike will be the most convenient alley in terms of Metro access, sitting on the same block as the Gallery Place station. Pinstripes’ location in Georgetown is not easily accessed by Metro, but it does have that big parking garage underneath.
Pinstripes is betting big that Washington-area folks will fall in love with their concept. Washington City Business Journal’s Rebecca Cooper reported that the Chicago-based chain is eyeing two more locations – one at Pike & Rose in Rockville, Md., and another in a TBA location in Northern Virginia.
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