I have been making my way through everything that LA Live has to offer over the last few months. It’s a fun place to hang out, though I haven’t been particularly impressed by any of the restaurants until now. Who knew I’d get my mind and tastebuds blown at a bowling alley?
Lucky Strike at LA Live is one part chic lounge and one part futuristic bowling alley all with an emphasis on upscale. From the moment my date and I hit the door we were treated like royalty. Even impacted with a massive post concert crowd, the entire staff had it together. We were ushered to a fantastic table without a reservation. Our cocktail server was grace under pressure. Even though she was slightly behind our needs for the evening, she was so charming we didn’t care.
We weren’t expecting haute cuisine by any means when we ordered some finger foods. We were just starving and anything would do in the way of food. We ordered Ahi tuna lollipops, chicken skewers, coconut shrimp and two specialty sliders. All if it was on par with an upscale restaurant. The only exception was the Ahi tuna. When I think of an Ahi tuna lollipop, I am thinking of sushi grade fish served raw or seared. What we were given was cooked all the way through and the sauce was not enough to make them as extraordinary as everything else we ate.
Another highlight of a Saturday night at Lucky Strike LA Live is the DJ. I didn’t get his name but the guy could mix music and pick songs that got me where I live. I wasn’t alone in that. I heard music I haven’t listened to in years. It was an eclectic mix of various decades in something I called, “Music that does not suck.” The man was a genius.
If you are wondering about the type of crowd prevalent at LA Live, there isn’t one. I’ve been discovering that most places Downtown defy labels. You see a little bit of everything in one room, including all ages. It makes for a very down to earth night.
So, if you find yourself out at LA Live and you are wondering where you can go to have a some good food and excellent service even during the busiest of rushes, check out Lucky Strike on the second floor next to The Conga Room.