New entertainment venue appeals to all interests

Ashton Tilley, Writer

Strike + Reel is a new entertainment venue in Garland where you can watch movies, dine and bowl. There’s also an arcade with laser tag, bumper cars, a rock-climbing wall, and a high ropes course for kids and adults alike. 

My sister and I went on a Sunday and the first thing we noticed was how spacious it was. On the left is an area to relax, the restaurant and bowling lanes are in the center, and on the right is the huge arcade. When we got there purchased our tickets for Jumanji: The Next Level, and then we went to the restaurant. 

The prices for meals were around $15, the appetizers were about $10, the drinks were $3, and the desserts were between $5 and $10. We shared the stacked nachos which was pretty different from nachos at other restaurants because it had chicken and two different kinds of cheese. My sister got the Black and Bleu Burger with sweet potato fries which she said was very good but also messy. I got the Chick Flicks which are just chicken tenders and also got tater tots. The food was delicious and tasted way better than other restaurants for about $50.

Next, we went to the arcade and purchased 100 point cards for $20 each. We used our cards to play laser tag and bumper cars which were both 20 points each and very fun. The laser tag had a line, but it went super fast, and the bumper cars had a line that took about 2 minutes. After all of this, it was time for the movie.

The movie theater had heated seats, reclining chairs, and a full menu that restricted a few of the things that you could order in the restaurant like steak and salmon. Ordering our popcorn and drinks was easy because all we had to do was press the button next to our seats and the waiter came and took our order. Both our drinks and popcorn arrived quickly.

When the movie ended, we decided to go bowling and headed to the bowling stand. They said there would be an hour and a half wait so my sister gave them her name and her number for a text notification when a lane freed up. We spent our time waiting for a lane in the arcade playing a racing game, a basketball game, and air hockey.

After about an hour, my sister got a text telling us our lane was ready. The price of bowling was $44 with the shoes for both of us, but it would be cheaper during non-peak hours which is Monday through Thursday, and Friday until 5 p.m. I would recommend booking a lane ahead of time and going during the week when they aren’t as busy. Overall, my sister spent around $200, but it was very fun, and we will definitely go back again.