If you were passing through Melbourne Central on the 17th of April, you may have seen a guy being lifted into the air by over one hundred helium-filled balloons. This man was the Social Media Manager of Strike Bowling Bar and the stunt was celebrating the launch of Strike's new location on level 3 of Melbourne Central. Strike is well known for affordable bowling, and while this venue maintains the reputation, it provides so much more than the opportunity to bowl.
Now, at Strike, you can go "bowling with frikkin' lasers!" Along with ten bowling lanes, pool tables and a bar there is an amazingly detailed arena in which you and several friends or enemies can fight for the freedom of Melbourne, with lasers. Strike has gone all out in creating the atmosphere of a true laser battle, with props and a back story based around Melbourne Central Station- you are part of a rebel group fighting against the evil Corporation in the year 2030. The video brief describes the events that led to the rebellion, and the layout of the arena is in keeping with this. Keep an eye out for the Metlink map of the future while dodging behind walls and windows to avoid the beams of the enemy. At the end of the match, the winner can have his or her stats printed out for gloating and future reference.
After you've worked up an appetite (or before, for energy), you can order a $10 pizza, $15 cocktails, reasonably priced bar snacks, or all three, and play a game of bowling or pool. There are many different combo deals available including $20 Blast and Bowl or $15 for 3 on Tuesdays. Like them on Facebook for $5 bowling. On the weekend you can dance to the tune of a DJ, and function packages from $30 give you karaoke and gourmet finger food.
No detail has been overlooked in Strike's quest to entertain; as you wait for your turn to bowl you can gaze at one of several screens showing a very long loop of different extremely cool clips, from first-person parkour to a fat man running in slow-motion. All round satisfaction is ensured, even for those who come last in everything.