I became aware of Oasis Lanes because they have begun hosting live music in Frankie's Sports Bar & Grill, a bar/restaurant enclosed in the facility. On a trip there to review Captain Radio, I met Andy Quintana, Food and Beverage Manager. He was kind enough to show me around the place and answer a few questions.
Aside from Frankie's Sports Bar & Grill, Oasis Lanes features, of course, forty lanes of extreme bowling, a pro shop, and the Mirage Game Zone, which features two indoor amusement rides, a nerf cage with blaster guns, and a small outdoor roller coaster. They have day packages, as well as birthday parties.
Frankie's Sports Bar & Grill features an outdoor patio, Extreme Sound and Lighting, 14 TVs, and 2 200" TVs. They have billiards (there are 6 tables in the bar area), darts, shuffleboard, and video games. Kids are not allowed in the bar area. The menu features reasonably-priced, tasty (to which I can personally attest) items. The restaurant area is where the bands play.
I asked Andy a few questions about Frankie's as a live music venue:
EPMS: Why put local music at Oasis Lanes?
Andy Quintana: I wanted to push local music at Oasis Lanes, because I enjoy music very much. It's great to have a place to go somewhere and have a nice dinner and be able to listen to live music, that can have a kick.
EPMS: What kinds of bands do you have playing here?
Andy Quintana: Just about all the bands will be rock, whether it be classic or newer, as well as retro.
EPMS: What are the days and hours you have live music?
Andy Quintana: Thursdays, music will run 8 PM to midnight. Fridays, music will run 9 PM to 1 AM.
Upcoming bookings at Frankie's include Russ T. Nail (4/21-22), Alibi (4/28-29), Captain Boom (5/5-6), Abzolut (5/12-13), and El Camino (5/19-20). Also, live music will be happening at their other location, Fiesta Lanes, on the West Side, beginning in May.
The centerpiece of Oasis Lanes is, of course, the bowling alley, which comprises forty lanes of extreme bowling. There are four 200" TVs in the bowling alley area. They are starting to have "Bowling and a Movie" on Saturdays.
Oasis Lanes hosted a Professional Bowlers Association (PBA) tour event, the El Paso Classic, in January of 2005. The finals of this event were shown on ESPN. The local hero was Bobby Stives, who is also the General Manager of Oasis Lanes. Stives, who had won the previous three city championships in bowling for men, placed in the top six the most recent city tournament, but did not win. In the PBA event hosted at Oasis Lanes, Bobby qualified as an amateur to participate in the tournament. After the first seven games he led all bowlers. He ended up 10th overall, thus qualifying for match play. He bowled against the top bowler on the tour, Walter Ray Williams Jr., and took him to the seventh game. He actually averaged better than Williams over the seven games, but Williams won four of the matches.
The Pro Shop has certified instructors, as well as the latest in bowling gear and apparel, including shoes, balls, and accessories.
The Mirage Game Zone features 150 of the latest video and redemption games. Redemption games reward the player with tickets, which can then be exchanged for merchandise. Also, there are two indoor rides (the Dust Devil and the Himalaya), an outdoor roller coaster (the Cobra Coaster), a pool table, and the Foam Factory Ballocity. The Ballocity features a cage-type area filled with soft foam balls, similar to Nerf balls. From above, kids can fire these balls at the kids below. I don't know why anybody would choose to be in the pit below, but then again, nobody could have dreamed of any of this when I was a kid. We were excited enough with the invention of the ball.
There are different packages of day passes and birthday party packages available; check the Oasis Lanes web site, or call them at 855-1183.
- Charles Hurley