Ever have one of those days when you are looking for something fun to do? Maybe you are with your family, a significant other or just a group of friends. A little laugher, good food and games sounds right to me. Enter Kings Bowl as the perfect place to hang out and just have a good time.
THE ROYAL TREATMENT AT KINGS BOWL
A new community bordering downtown Chicago and Lincoln Park has recently opened called New City. Among it’s offerings is a Kings Bowl entertainment center. There are locations across the country if you want to check out their website for one near you. With the motto “Eat, Drink, Play, & Score”, my friends and I were eager to check it out for ourselves.
Just stepping foot into Kings Bowl, we were greeted with sounds of laughter as people of all ages were royally enjoying themselves. The dim lighting, high booth seating, premium bar area and mass amounts of HD TVs gave off a trendy, chic vibe.
On top of having 16 bowling lanes, there are many classic arcade games like pool, air hockey, foosball, and shuffleboard. Plus, the welcoming staff treated everyone like royalty (pun intended!).
Since food is an important part of our evening and a big part of what I like to share on Inspiring Kitchen, the Kings Bowl menu was a part of our experience. My friends and I started off our evening with the recommended Mediterranean Sampler Platter–which was delicious. The hummus was to really flavorful.
We also ordered the Crispy & Spicy Calamari and the Not Your Mother’s Brussel Sprouts as starters. (We needed to get the veggies in there somehow!)
Because our palettes vary, the diversity of the menu gave my friends and I tons of options to choose from. One friend ordered the Grilled Steak Tips, which she said was perfectly tender. Another one described the Spinach & Strawberry Salad as light and refreshing; an ideal dish for the summer. If you like your food with a little kick, try the Spicy Southwestern Grilled Chicken Wrap. Flavor and a little heat are on point in this filling sandwich. On the other hand, a taco complete with shrimp and mangos was a cooling addition to our menu selection.
To top off a fun filled evening of good food, friends and gaming, we checked out the creative bar menu. What you begin to notice is that the Kings drink menu is unique in all the best ways. It offers a wide range of alcoholic and mocktail drinks. There are even 26 different beer varieties to suit your palette. Here are a few of the drinks we enjoyed.
Rye Whiskey, St. Germain, Fresh Lemon Juice, Fresh Mint & Mint Simple Syrup, topped with Soda Water
After sipping on our drinks and making some new friends, we decided to channel our inner youths and let the games begin! Bowling, air hockey and shuffleboard had us laughing at and with each other. I would have never guessed how competitive we were going to get! Remember when you were a child and learned to bowl and you thought if you swayed your body or arms one way, it would magically redirect the ball that way too? Well, this little girl was definitely trying to get that one last pin down!
Kings’ bowling lanes added to the atmosphere with their black lighting and lounge seating. And here is a little insider’s tip: one of the many promotional events Kings has is $2 Tuesdays, where bowling and shoe rentals are each only $2.00. With such a steal, I would recommend calling ahead and reserving an Eat & Bowl night.
Kings also offers packages for private events and corporate parties in its separate room that features two bowling lanes, lounge seating and a disco ball (for those memorable photos shown at company meetings!).
For more information on events, click here.
What struck me the most about Kings Bowl was its warm and playful ambiance. It did not matter whether people were 4, 14, 24, or 54, they were all smiling. Kings brought out the lighthearted, fun loving side of everyone as seen in the bowling alley dance party below.
So next time you are in search of where to spend a date night, a place to have a kid’s birthday or just a much deserved night on the town with friends, think Kings Bowl!
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