River City Roll officially opens its doors to the public today. It’s the first boutique bowling alley in Richmond and you have to experience it first-hand to understand what that term “boutique bowling” even means.
First, there are leather sofas and coffee tables flanking each lane, instead of hard plastic seats that you normally find at a bowling alley. And instead of getting your shoes at the counter, you order them when you ask for your lane and they are waiting for you in a copper wire basket when you’re ready to play.
The balls are all the same gray shiny color, the lanes are a little shorter and the digital screen already has your name on it – so you don’t have to try to figure that all out like in a traditional bowling alley. The screen commentary was a little sarcastic too – especially when you throw a gutter ball or two.
There are 20 lanes total, followed by a bar with custom cocktails and beers, and a stage that will host live music beginning April 21. There’s also an outdoor patio, a private event space and other games to play like skeeball and shuffleboard.
Hours are Monday-Friday 5pm to midnight, Saturday 11am-2am and Sunday 11am-midnight. It’s 21 and up after 5pm.
Cost is $25 for up to six bowlers per hour, it increases to $35 dollars Friday-Sunday. Shoes are $4.50 to rent.
And I nearly forgot to mention, the food is great. It’s definitely not bowling alley food. Yes there are pizzas, burgers, and appetizers but they’re quite exceptional.
So come hungry and ready to have a good time.