This is exactly what the rules are at the bowling alley located in downtown DC at Gallery Place – Chinatown. Have these jokers at Unlucky Strike have lost their mind!!!! I wish I would take the time to get all dressed up like I was heading to a black tie event. Spend countless hours making sure that my suit and tie were sharp and my patent leather shoes were spotless to go to that awards banquet… oooops, I meant the uppity bowling joint. Who are they fooling? I could pick apart each line of this dress code one by one, but there’s no need to do that. It’s obvious what they’re trying to do. They’re attempting to filter out ‘certain’ types of people. Someone should tell them that ignorance is not a color thing. The true thugs and thieves dress the part of the businessman with a full tailored suit with monogrammed cuff links, leather briefcase, a chauffeured limo and maid at home. I could blog all day on that one, but that’s another day. But can you say Capitol Hill?
Anyway, the crazy part is that this place is next door to the Verizon Center where the Wizards play basketball. You’re basically telling me that I can’t go to a game dressed in sports apparel and then go bowling afterwards at their posh establishment??? They’re crazy as hell!!! I’m not going to bowl in a tuxedo. In fact, I’m not gonna bowl at their facilities at all. None of them. I’m going to my spot around the way where the smoke fills the air. The chill joint where folks like me are accepted at the front door wearing comfortable attire to enjoy recreational activities in. A laid back atmosphere where cats order a pitcher of beer, a burger and some fries and talk trash. No need for fillet mignon, asparagus and basmati rice to enhance my bowling experience, thanks.
I’ve been told that on a Friday or Saturday night you can reserve a lane for $75 an hour for your group. In case you don’t wish to do that you can show up, put your name on the list and pay $7.95 per person, per game, plus $3.95 for shoes. Huh? Say What? That’s ridiculous. I know that the bowling facility does look like a 70’s nightclub with all those neon lights and all. But if I’m going to spend $75 to get dressed up, to go to a venue with entertainment and neon lights, I expect to see Parliament Funkadelic with George Clinton and Bootsy Collins onstage.
Some folks might argue that by me even discussing this, that I’m giving them publicity. Yeah, but it sure as hell isn’t good publicity. I can understand a dress code, but what they have is a color code.
I came upon a decent article in the Washington Post addressing the dress code at Unlucky Strike… here it is
A Dress Code That Suffers From Shoddy Tailoring