Strikes Cosmic Bowling.

Excel World is a dying hulk of an amusement park, but the bowling alley within is still fun. Strikes is a 12-lane bowling alley that also serves food and drink. It’s nothing fancy, but the machines work and it’s still one of the few leisure activities available in the city.

It costs Rs. 350 per person, per game, which is ten frames. You get to throw about 20 balls, more if you get strikes. A game is best played with four people, but you can get multiple lanes. Bonus fact, they serve beer after 5 PM, for Rs. 1,400 per pitcher.

Background

If you’re in Colombo and wondering what there is to do, there actually aren’t too many options. You can sit and eat or drink, but it’s usually hot outside and the city doesn’t offer much in terms of activities, besides shooting pool.

Excel World used to be full of activities — laser tag, amusement park rides, video games, what-have-you — but they’ve all kind of aged (and the laser tag is gone). Bowling, however, remains a relatively simple pleasure, and that means that the alleys are still busy. It’s very light exercise in air-conditioning, making it an ideal tropical sport.

The Bowling

Where I grew up in Ohio, bowling was actually a part of the school curriculum. They took us out of class to learn. I still suck.

The basic requirements for the sport are polished lanes, different weights of balls, pin-collection machines that work, and a method of scoring. Strikes has all of the above. There’s nothing spectacular at work here, but the scores are correct and the pins reset and the lights generally stay on. You can play a game without interruption.

The lanes here are smooth, they have balls ranging from 6 to 12 pounds (or thereabouts), the pins are mostly collected properly, and the digital scorecards — though you have to squint to read them — keep automatic track of everybody’s scores.

The Experience

Once you get into it, bowling here is quite fun. The sport itself is simple enough that anyone, young or old, can play it. But it still requires enough skill to be competitive. Scoring bowling can be a pain, but since it’s automatic here you don’t actually need to know the rules. They also automatically track how fast you’re bowling, which is a fun metric (try to beat 27 km/hour, not that this is the point).

One weird thing is that while they seem to have bowling shoes, you are also allowed to just bowl barefoot. This would be viewed as insane in a Western context, but here our construction workers wear flip-flops, so whatever. I find this preferable to wearing shoes other people have worn.

The Food And Drink

To be honest, I just had a bottle of water. The food is the of the fried and oily variety — french fries (Rs 280), hot butter cuttlefish (Rs 590), triple-decker sandwiches (Rs 430) etc. Interestingly, the food is all named after movies, so you’d ask for the Scooby Doo french fries, the Interstellar HBC, and the American Sniper triple decker. What any of these mean is beyond me, but at least it tells you how recently they’ve changed the menu.

Conclusion

Strikes is a fun afternoon or evening out. The facilities aren’t top-notch, but you can play the game and enjoy yourself. Good for dates or family outings.

Share on facebook
Share on twitter
Share on whatsapp

Highlights.

Latest.

KAMU.

A glistening night out at Colombo’s finest local bar!

By Shamrina Carim A Sri Lankan experiencing the magical inspiration of Sri Lanka in the

Kamu

Ceylon Curry Club – Sri Lankan Cuisine With a Twist

By Janani Vithanage Ceylon Curry Club, located in the Dutch Hospital Shopping Precinct, is a

Kamu

The Delightful Indian Cuisine at Navaratna by Taj Samudra

Navaratna is an Indian Restaurant located in Taj Samudra Colombo. Taj Samudra is a 5-star

Kamu

10 Places to Get Sushi in Colombo

By Janani Vithanage A Japanese dish most often presented as vinegared sticky rice, seafood or

Highlights Kamu Yamu Guide

An ideal dinner date spot in Colombo – Ward 7

By Shamrina Carim Are you struggling to decide where you could have a decent fancy

Kamu

Reaching new heights at Virticle by Jetwing’s rooftop bar & restaurant

We were so excited to go to the highest rooftop bar & restaurant in Colombo

Highlights Kamu

Trending.

Savor The Salt Of The Sea At Hilton Colombo

Fresh from the seafood markets to your table Colombo, Sri Lanka – 20th June 2022 – Partake

Trending

10 Types of Sri Lankans in Petrol Queues

By Janani Vithanage These days, spending time in the petrol queue is almost every Sri

Highlights Trending

Celebrating life with Perera & Sons

by Shamrina Carim Perera & Sons holds a privileged history of catering to the most

Highlights Trending

Before You Watch… Jurassic World Dominion

By Shamrina Carim The movie On a critic of honest opinions, Jurassic World Dominion is

Trending

Treats fit for a King at Ramada Colombo this Father’s Day!

Enjoy Father's Day special Grill, Lunch, Dinner, Deliveries, and Stays… This June 19th, we all

Trending

Celebrate Father’s Day with your Super Dad at Hilton Colombo!

Looking to express your gratitude for the superhero of your household this Father’s Day? Hilton

Trending

Yamu Guide.

10 Places to Get Sushi in Colombo

By Janani Vithanage A Japanese dish most often presented as vinegared sticky rice, seafood or

Highlights Kamu Yamu Guide

The ideal skin care routine with Bio Oil

By Shanali Fernando Feeling overwhelmed, confused, and/or frustrated by the multitude of competing messages about

Highlights Yamu Guide

5 common causes of Dry Skin

The general cause of itchy, dry skin might seem like a no-brainer: It's a lack

Highlights Yamu Guide

7 Places to Watch the SL Vs. AUS ODI Matches

By Janani Vithanage Sri Lankan cricket may ot have been on its best footing over

Highlights Yamu Guide

5 Cooking Tips from Knorr

By Janani Vithanage Being a mother in today’s world is no easy task. From waking

Highlights Yamu Guide

How Bio Oil reduces scars

By Shanali Fernando Still curious about this little pink bottle of magic and what it

Highlights Yamu Guide