Go Bowling with the Beautiful People in Splitsville
Bowling and sushi: They don’t exactly go together like Fred and Ginger or even Fred and Barney . But at Splitsville, the ultracool new boutique bowling club in Arlington that opens Thursday, the cultural curve ball fits just fine.
“It’s not your grandpappy’s bowling alley, that’s for sure,” says Scott Wilkinson, Texas managing partner of the chain, which has locations in Tampa and Miami, Fla., and is planning to open another in Dallas.
Inside the 28,000-square-foot luxury lounge in Arlington, 11 lanes and day-glo bowling balls are sprinkled amid the five bars, including the sushi bar. There is also a dance floor and the world’s first permanent outdoor lane on the patio. (Sadly, we didn’t get to try it on our visit, but it’s slated to be ready for opening day Thursday.)
Tucked deep inside the trendy Arlington Highlands shopping center at I-20 and Matlock, Splitsville is such a unique concept – bowling for the beautiful people -- it should attract a whole new crowd to the sport.
The Swingers vibe , coupled with the creative menu (everything from spicy edamame, $5, and a Crab Rangoon Roll, $10, to fajitas, $15, and filet mignon, $19) will appeal to the club set. And the bowling and flat-screens should attract the sports bar crowd.
But hard core bowlers may want to think twice. There are no leagues at Splitsville and the sushi chef has never seen The Big Lebowski . The bowling is also about twice as pricey as your local AMF or Brunswick lanes: $7 per game on weekends or about $100 to rent a lane for 90 minutes. But you’re paying for the behind-the-velvet-rope atmosphere.
So stop at the ATM before you go (especially because Dave & Busters is right next door).
And get ready for a one-of-a-kind bowling experience.