So, I went out last night and did something fun that didn’t involve school or work. Imagine that? Three friends and I went bowling at 300 Atlanta , a bistro/club/sportsbar/bowling alley. Overall, I’d have to say it’s a great place to hang out and be social without all the hype that comes along with most places in this city.
First off: the positives. The atmosphere here is wonderful. It’s light, it’s playful, but grown-up at the same time. They check IDs at the door, so if you come, leave the kids at home. From the outside, it looks like your typical bowling alley, but that all changes once you get in the door. Inside the decor is more lounge than bowling alley with leather seats, glossy wood tables, and low ambient lighting. A DJ spins a good mix of music while alcohol and food is served to you by a fast and friendly wait staff. In fact, if there wasn’t 15 to 20 bowling lanes in the place, I would of thought it was at club, and even those were pretty impressive with the several video screens positioned above showing music videos, CNN, and of course, ESPN.
Another postive is the dress code. Attire is pretty relaxed, but I must commend the establishment for their “no hats, no hoods, no pants sagging below the waist” rules. In essense, you can be casual, but it has to be a very neat casual. This again adds to the light atmosphere. People feel comfortable enough to clown around and they do. I’ve never seen some much “lane” dancing in my life. Even your’s truly “cut a lane” with the Cupid Shuffle and the Mississipi Slide.
Now for the negatives. 300 Atlanta is a very popular place on the weekends. If you go, I suggest you get there early because parking is a nightmare. I can’t tell you how many times the music was interrupted to tell folk about cars being towed. I was kinda leary the entire night after parking next to a dumpster that was on some other business’s lot, but luckily I wasn’t towed.
Also, when it’s croweded, getting a lane can be a complicated and long process. We actually had to regulate a little bit on the staff there to get a lane after waiting for 2 hours! If you go, call first and make a reservation in advance. Once you’re there, check periodically that you’re still on the list.
Lastly, the place is pretty pricey compared to your standard bowling alleys. This is not so much a negative, because it is an upscale place. It’s more of precaution. Don’t come expecting to spend what you normally spend on a night a of bowling at a regular alley.
Again, overall, a very nice place to hang out and I highly recommend it.