Funlab, the infamous team behind Sky Zone AU, Archie Brothers, Strike Bowling, and Holey Moley Golf, are known for their exciting entertainment ventures and their Strike Escape Rooms are no exception.
Escape rooms have been filling up my Instagram feed over the past few months and I was recently invited to experience Strike’s Escape Room at the Entertainment Quarter, Sydney and see what they are like firsthand. Seeming like the perfect social setting for a night out, I recruited my two friends Donna and Ninoshka girls to come along with me for the night of fun.
We were welcomed by a sensory overload of entertainment – arcade machines, karaoke, photo booth, laser tag and a bar with various delicious drink options. Everyone who books an escape experience in the month of August receives a free cocktail on entry so we were treated to Strike’s special edition cocktail “Escapeabull” and let me tell you, it was fabulous!
Sipping on our cocktails, we were seated in the waiting area and given our escape room scenario and instructions. We would have just under an hour to escape three adjoining rooms with 25 puzzles to crack along the way. If we got stuck we would have the option to call the Game Master for some hints.
The next 50 minutes was adrenalin pumping and mind-boggling. Unfortunately, we didn’t escape but were pretty impressed with our efforts because made it to the final room and down to the last few clues. Some of the puzzles and hints were obvious whilst others were obscure – an intense mix of smarts and fun. What’s great is that Strike gives you a printed analysis at the end of your experience, noting each puzzle you did and your overall score.
Post-escape room, we took a well-earned break at the bar and made our way through the menu at Strike. There isn’t a very wide range of options but you can expect your typical American diner style nibbles – hotdogs, pizza, loaded fries and fried chicken. Our favourite was definitely the sweet potato fries and spiced aioli. (Tip – order a side of sour cream with it!).
After refueling with alley-side nibbles and a couple of cocktails, we made our way upstairs for a game of bowling. We were particularly keen for a bit of healthy competition after all that teamwork in the escape room. Strike’s bowling alley is no different to your standard bowling lane but half the fun of going bowling is purely soaking up the atmosphere. Coloured lights, music videos, a pool table and some snappy décor, Strike’s bowling alley is part arcade and part cocktail lounge.
The Strike Escape
Room was an entertainment experience unlike anything I’ve ever done before by providing entertainment in the perfect combination of puzzles and interactivity, laughs and adrenalin. In addition to everything else Strike has to offer, they’ve ensured they have something for everyone and found the perfect recipe for the ultimate fun night (or day) out.
207 Entertainment Qtr, 122 Lang Road, Moore Park NSW 2021, Australia
T: 1300 787 453