New Gypsy Bar at Lucky Strike Brings Video Games and Dance Club Action to Cityscape

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The Lucky Strike Lanes at Cityscape is about to get a new neighbor, and a fun one at that. The Gypsy Bar -- a nightlife establishment that will feature an arcade, dance floor, DJ booth, and VIP booths, as well space for dining and drinking -- will debut next door to the upscale bowling alley sometime in the next few weeks.

According to general manager Dallas Henderson, they're hoping to open the establishment by the end of the September and offer Cityscape patrons and downtown Phoenix urbanites a place to grab a drink, shake a tailfeather, or partake some video game thrills.

Henderson -- who formerly managed Blue Martini Lounge locations in North Phoenix, Las Vegas, and other cities across the country - says that the nightlife establishment is the brainchild of Lucky Strike Lanes owner Steven Foster. He adds that it was partially inspired and loosely connected to a similarly themed another Gypsy Bar located in Boston, which is co-owned by Foster.

And although it's connected to Lucky Strike's Cityscape location, Henderson says it will be considered to be a "separate entity" from the bowling joint.

"Its attached to Lucky Strike and will be operated with some of the same staff, but it's pretty much its own individual business," Henderson says. "It will be 21-and-up after certain hours and will have a different crowd and more strictly enforced dress code on the weekends. Just because you walk into Lucky Strike doesn't necessarily mean you can walk into Gypsy Bar."

And its also going to be more of an "adult playground," he says.

"There's going to be a lot going on inside here and there's not much missing," he says. "We're pretty sure we've got all our bases covered and the only thing you could really add would be a swimming pool...or a bounce house."

Oncee it opens its doors, the 15,000-square-foot establishment, which is attached to Lucky Strike on Cityscape's upper level, will include a large U-shaped white bar and separate dining area for those patrons eager for some eats or perhaps a cocktail (more info on Gypsy Bar's food and drink offering can be found over on our sister blog Chow Bella).

Meanwhile, DJs will be busy behind the mixers on the establishment's stage, which overlooks a dance floor and lounge area that's ringed with a number of long tuck and roll leatherette couches. A pair of VIP areas will be alongside the lounge and offer views overlooking the dance floor. If you're hoping for Old Town Scottsdale-style VIP treatment, however, you might have to look elsewhere.

"I don't know if we're going to do a tremendous amount of bottle service, we're not trying to appeal to the crowd that's in Scottsdale," he adds.

Henderson also says they're installing such "spectacular" dance club amenities as carbon dioxide and confetti canons, hazers, and numerous lighting elements.

The entertainment lineup won't be limited to just DJs, Henderson says, as he's planning on booking fashion and boutique shows, aerial acts, performance artists, and the sporadic live music nights.

"Occasionally we'll have some live music but no so much in the traditional sense," he says. "We're trying to feature entertainment that incorporates elements of music with some visual stimulus, whether that means a horn player accompanying a DJ, a quartet of electric violinists, go-go dancers...or whatever the evening may call for. It will constantly be changing, like a gypsy."

Henderson also says that the stage will also feature a few recessed "cubby hole" areas that will be lighted and scrimmed where individual musicians or artists can perform.

And while high-energy electronica or other tunes are blasting out of the lounge, high-tech electronic action will take place in the arcade located in the back of Gypsy Bar. More than a dozen high-end redemption games like Fruit Ninja or Deal or No Deal will be available for play, as well as skeeball machines, basketball abd football games, and regular arcade titles like Fast and Furious: Super Cars or the trigger-happy Terminator: Salvation first-person shooter. Heck, there's even a four-player version of Pac-Man.

Henderson says that Gypsy Bar is more akin to a nightclub that offers video games instead of just a clone of upscale arcade chain like Dave & Busters or Gameworks.

Most of the games will allow patrons to accrue points on a electronic card, which can be redeemed for high-end prizes that are a bit more posh than the stuff available at your neighborhood Peter Piper Pizza.

"We won't have any gold spider rings or cheesy prizes like that," Henderson says. "It ill be more like iPods, iTunes cards, or digital cameras."

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