Striking Distance

Scoring on a Friday night is never a given. (Even for you.)

Still, there are ways to up your chances.

First stop: the new Lucky Strike Lanes at Gallery Place. Not just a place to knock down pins, the slick new bowling alley (and sister establishment to the ones in L.A. and Boston) is a full-fledged nightspot, complete with swank lounge area, restaurant, and even a DJ.

Damon Kidwell of 71 Design Team has chosen artwork from up-and-coming contemporary artists for a video slide show above the lanes (original paintings, prints, and photographs hang throughout). Hollywood chef Bill Starbuck of Along Came Mary has designed the menu. So it’s likely the only place in town where you can enjoy a turkey and brie sandwich with apple butter while you bowl.

As for getting some action, nothing’s guaranteed.

But we’re feeling luckier already.

Lucky Strike Lanes, 701 Seventh Street, NW (202-347-1021 or bowlluckystrike.com).