The heavy, three-holed ball rolls down the smooth, neon-lit lane. Its course is set, constantly gaining speed, until it makes contact. The 10 towering pins come crashing down. Or so the theory goes.
You can now live out your bowling champion dreams in newly renovated digs at Strike Bowling at King Street Wharf, which just reopened with a new fit-out inspired by Japanese pop culture and anime.
The waterside location in Darling Harbour turns 12 this year, and operator Funlab (Holey Moley, Archie Brothers Cirque Electriq, and B. Lucky & Sons) is celebrating with a new look and a revamped menu.
It features Tokyo subway-inspired booth seating, pulsing lights, a giant robot structure behind the bar and anime murals all over the walls.
For refreshments, there are new additions to the cocktail menu. The Pin-Diesel (boom tish) is an elaborate creation (Tanqueray gin, crème de cacao, lemon juice, rosewater, prosecco, soda and lemon squash) served in a bowling pin. There’s also The Green Machine (Don Julio Blanco tequila, Pavan muscat liqueur, Midori, lime juice and green apple) and Sweet Flower (white rum, Malibu, lychee liqueur, hibiscus and lime juice). Beers and wines are also available, along with soft drinks, mocktails and a range of non-alcoholic drinks.
Burgers are also on the menu for the first time. The Easy Cheesy is a classic cheeseburger with pickles and aioli on a charcoal bun, and there’s also a vegan option. Hotdogs, loaded fries and stone-baked pizzas are also available.
When you’ve exhausted your bowling prowess, head to one of the five new karaoke rooms, reminiscent of Funlab’s Juke’s Karaoke Bar in Melbourne. Three new escape rooms will also be opening at Strike next month.
Strike King Street Wharf is at 22 The Promenade, Sydney.