High Rollers Luxury Lanes & LoungeNovember 17, 2011
Sports Bar of the Year Entry
Name of Bar: High Rollers Luxury Lanes & Lounge
Location: Mashantucket, Conn.
Ownership/Parent Company: Big Night Entertainment Group
Square Footage: 35,000
Open Date: Oct. 9, 2010
Characterized by a retro-chic feel coupled with 21st century cutting-edge technology, High Rollers is an experiential boutique bowling complex and state-of-the-art sports, dining and entertainment destination nestled in the heart of Foxwoods Resort Casino. The 35,000-square-foot venue, offering an innovative menu of classic bar food favorites and two full-service bars, features a capacity of 1,000; 20 bowling lanes, including six VIP lanes; four professional billiards tables; a two-level lounge with a piano and 50-seat marble bar; and more than 60 big-screen, high-definition televisions. High Rollers’ inviting, well-appointed interior also boasts custom-tailored leather furniture, dark wood floors, lush carpeting, sleek marble, oversized avant-garde chandeliers, fancy flocked wallpaper and classic large-format Las Vegas photography.
All staff members, including bartenders, VIP cocktail servers, security and managers receive extensive training in their respective positions and customer relations to ensure all patrons have a quality, enjoyable entertainment experience. All managers, bartenders and servers are TIPS certified, and Big Night Entertainment Group has a long history of promoting from within and retains a number of long-standing employees.
High Rollers' extensive drink menu features an impressive selection of craft, domestic and imported beer, classic and creative martinis and signature cocktails and numerous wines and Champagne. Real high-rolling guests celebrating special occasions can spring for the $500 oversized “High Roller Experience,” a giant classic French martini topped with Champagne from a personal Dom Perignon bottle.
The bar’s innovative menu, created by award-winning Chef Kevin Long (SHRINE Asian Kitchen, Lounge and Nightclub; the Scorpion Bar; Tosca, Red Lantern), features an eclectic array of appetizers, sandwiches, salads and easy-to-share dishes. Signature items include cheese steaks, spring rolls, king crab melts, cheeseburger pizza and a variety of entrée platters.
Arguably the most luxurious and beautiful bowling alley in the world, High Rollers also offers the sports-loving guest a plethora of additional entertainment options, including billiards, shuffleboard, air hockey and more. The bar also is known for its sports-viewing parties, with its 103-inch plasma TV and 50-seat custom marble bar providing the perfect venue to cheer on all of New England’s favorite teams year-round, from the Patriots to the Bruins, Celtics to the Sox. And the 60 big-screen sets throughout the bar and lanes ensure guests never miss a play.
This over-the-top bowling alley and mega sports bar even has its own mascot: Happy the High Roller, a crazy, giant bowling pin that pops up around the lanes and casino to pose for pictures and cavort with guests. (And yes, he has his own Facebook page, too.)