Lucky Strike Social Sneak Peek

by Sandra Foyt on June 9, 2016

in Features

Albany parents can now look forward to a party space that’s as much fun for the grown ups as it is for the kids. When Lucky Strike Social opens on June 10th at Crossgates Mall, the upscale bowling alley and gastropub will host parties from 8 to 2,000 in its 50,000 square foot customizable event space.

Lucky Strike Social - Bowling Lanes

Of course, there’s bowling–18 gorgeous lanes–all with lane-side dining service.

Lucky Strike Social - Lane Side Dining

But there’s much more to Lucky Strike Social than just bowling. A variety of private rooms and quieter spaces offer respite for those who shun sensory overload. I particularly like the club library where guests are encouraged to borrow a book and keep it as long as they like–late charges just 5 cents per century.

Lucky Strike Social - Library

If bells and whistles are your thing, Lucky Strike Social has you covered–over 100 arcade games plus billiards and Ping Pong. There’s even a Solo-cup Pong game that takes the mess–and beer–out of frat parties. Many video games can be played on a big screen–even Angry Birds–while an old favorite gets prime billing as the World’s Largest Pac Man.

Lucky Strike Social - Arcade

Because the layout is fluid, you never know exactly what you will find. In between the bowling lanes, there is a section currently featuring billiard tables that will be swept away when live music is set up. And on those nights when special guests perform–Charlie Puth and Timeflies kick it off on June 21–VIP space Jupiter Hall holds up to 900 standing.

Lucky Strike Social - Jupiter Room

For my money, though, the real star at Lucky Strike Social is the restaurant–actually multiple bar and dining rooms–promising everything from sushi to hot dogs and beer to specialty cocktails.

Lucky Strike Social - RestaurantGood food and great beer? That’s what sure to bring us back again and again.

Party Planning at Lucky Strike Social

Kids and Teen Party Packages start at $19.95/guest for parties of 8 or more. Discounted Community Youth Packages are available for school field trips, sport team outings, and other kid-centric organizations. For more information, visit Lucky Strike Social online or email

| Sandra Foyt is a storyteller, photographer, and road trip junkie. A veteran of six cross-country road trips, she drove Route 66, the Lincoln Highway, the fossil freeway, the extraterrestrial highway, and even “the loneliest road in America.” Find her on, an award-winning destination guide to extraordinary travel in and from Northeast USA, on her portfolio site at, and in freelance gigs on Family Travel 411, Minitime, Huffington Post, and Matador Network. Email:, Twitter @SandraFoyt.

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