High Rollers Foxwoods Luxury Lanes & Sports Lounge
Mashantucket, Connecticut, USA
I am not a bowler. I am still using bumpers when I bowl with my seven-year-old. The shoes alone, cause me stress. First, wearing a shoe previously on someone else’s foot puts me into serious turmoil.
Second, the design of the shoe; Seriously?
All evidence would suggest that I would not find a bowling alley something to rave about and you would be right, until I went to High Rollers Foxwoods; twice in a day-and-a-half, because that is how marvelous this establishment is.
High Rollers Foxwoods Luxury Lanes & Sports Lounge, whist a kitschy title is all business inside. Opened in October 2010 with a grand soiree hosted by Kim Kardashian, High Rollers joins the ranks of luxury bowling lanes offering not just plush bowling, but additional state-of-the-art amenities, which provide fun for all.
This was a business model that until now, I did not know existed.
In Spring 2014, McLean Robbins at Forbes reported on five luxury bowling lanes in the United States: Pinstripes (Washington, DC), The Painted Pin (Atlanta), Brooklyn Bowl (Las Vegas), Crush Ultra Lounge (Napa), and Play (Colorado Springs). McClean terms these alleys as “next generation”, while I prefer “beyond bowling.”
Whatever you call them, they are fun and way more than your neighborhood bowling experience. Between Robbins’ report and my experience at High Rollers, I will certainly be earmarking the five shortlisted on Forbes as part of my travel “bucket list.”
The ‘Beyond Bowling’ experience at High Rollers begins with a 35,000 square foot facility featuring 8 professional Brunswick Gold Crown billiards tables, an innovative bar menu created by Chef Kevin Long, private rooms to accommodate up to 50 guests, more than 50 large screen TVs (HD, of course) and a two-level piano lounge.
The 20 lanes at High Rollers include 6 VIP lanes and full food and beverage service. All lanes are PBA approved regulations size, and offer a range of bowling ball sizes for players of all skill levels.
The décor is a throw-back to glamour at the casino created by designer John Stefanon. Dark wood floors, custom-tailored furniture, plush carpets, flocked wallpaper, a marble bar where the piano is located and the most beautiful chandeliers that I have seen.
After setting up to bowl we were given menus that included White Cheddar Tater Tots, Philly Spring Rolls, Pork Belly Sliders and Shrimp Fettucine. This was all very new to me, as I realized that it is feasible to have a night out with quality food, drink, and bowling as your activity without having to go to different locations.
Bonus: As we were staying onsite, we could let the Pinot Grigio flow!
It was my husband’s birthday weekend so I arrived with a small cake – it said ‘Super Dad’ – while High Rollers does not allow outdoor food, they made an exception, given the occasion.
Our experience is best described as “unexpected merriment.”
Isn’t that the best kind?
When we arrived in the afternoon, the lanes were rather busy. We did not have a reservation; however, a lane was available and we were promptly seated. We shared two servers with one other lane.
We bowled two games. All the while listening and singing along to music videos (remember those?) playing on the HDTV screens situated above each lane. Following our games – I lost (no surprise) – my husband went to shoot some pool while my son and I headed to the video arcade. Yes, they also have an onsite video arcade.
We had such a wonderful afternoon, that we returned the following evening. Note that reservations are encouraged on Saturdays but you must be a party of four to make a reservation. We were a party of three but we still risked it. While we had to be out by a certain time, which was “aces by us”, we had another round of fun.
I can not stress how difficult it can be to find a setting that adults and children can enjoy together with amenities that appeal to all ages.
My recommendation for this sort of outing is to visit the Foxwoods Resort; it is 75 miles from Boston, 150 miles from NYC, stay onsite and make this part of your itinerary. It is well worth the experience for the entire family!
Stay tuned for my next visit to Pinstripes in DC; it also has six bocce (bowls) courts and I am headed there in July.
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