Georgetown’s snazzy new bowling alley officially open for business
On 10:00 a.m. this past Saturday, the Georgetown neighborhood witnessed the opening of a classy new venue: Pinstripes. Located inside the Shops at Georgetown at 3222 M Street overlooking the Canal, this 32,000 square-foot complex provides a unique combination of bowling, bocce, and Italian bistro.
Vox spoke with one of Pinstripe’s managers Paul Mazurski about the success of the opening weekend. “Saturday was our grand opening to the public, so lunch and dinner were both pretty busy,” he said. “Normally every Sunday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. we do a full spread of brunch buffet, so starting this next Sunday we will have that going on.”
If the $3 mimosas and made-to-order omelettes don’t tickle your fancy, their lunch and dinner menu has some relatively inexpensive options. Dishes like the chop salad, prosciutto caprese sandwich, and grilled vegetable flatbread are only $12 each, but more fancy entrees like the Grilled Baby-Back ribs cost around $20.
On Fridays and Saturdays from 5 p.m until 12:30 a.m. closing, you can bowl on one of the 14 lanes for $7 per person per game. Shoe rental costs an additional $4 but includes a free pair of Pinstripes socks (who doesn’t love a pair of free socks?). Bocce games on one of the six courts are a bit more pricey at $10 per person per hour after 5 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. But the prices for both drop to $5 before 5 p.m. and on Sundays through Thursdays.
Although Pinstripes caters to all age groups, Mazurski said last weekend drew a solid crowd of college students and young professionals. “Since we’ve opened up, I would say its been more of a late-night thing that we’ve seen with the college students coming in for some drinks, gaming, bowling, and bocce,” he told Vox. He also pointed out that every Thursday, Pinstripes offers $4 handcrafted cocktails for “Ladies Night”, and a Happy Hour Menu Monday through Friday from 3 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. and 9 p.m. to close.
Vox likes what she sees so far after scoping out the scene–even if she happens to be the world’s worst bowler.
Photos: Marisa Hawley/Georgetown Voice