These days bowling alleys are complete with a full bar and a nightclub vibe. Bowling in Los Angeles is no longer your typical night of wearing ugly shoes, lifting a ball too heavy and fighting for space against all the kids. No, bowling is a night affair where drinks are abundant, the lanes are glitzy with lights and TV screens, and music is making you want to dance down the lane as you knock down those pins!
Check out these hot spots to get your bowling game on!
Bowlmor’s new Santa Monica location (234 Pico Blvd., 90405; 310.399.7731) recently opened its doors complete with events, party planning and a full bar area. Other SoCal locations include Anaheim (321 W Katella Ave., 92802; 714.783.2810), Orange County (2405 Park Ave., Tustin, 92782; 714.258.2695) and Pasadena (3545 E. Foothill Blvd., 91107; 626.351.8858). www.bowlmor.com
All Star Lanes (4459 Eagle Rock Blvd., L.A. 90041; 323.254.2579) has a cocktail lounge with seating for 100 where it’s also easy to catch a game on one of the TVs as well as a restaurant serving Chinese food that is also available for rental where you can add a DJ or Karoake for more activity. www.allstarlanesbowling.com
Lucky Strike at the always active L.A. Live (800 W. Olympic Blvd., 90015; 213.542.4880) offers a bar and restaurant menu with fare from homemade Belgian fries to grilled cheese sandwiches with Swiss and Tillamook to burgers, pizza and tacos. The special events menu offers even more options. Other locations include Hollywood (6801 Hollywood Blvd., 90028; 323.467.7776) and Orange County (20 City Blvd., Orange, 92868; 714.937.5263). www.bowlluckystrike.com
And we can’t forget about tried-and-true Dave & Buster’s (6081 Center Dr., Westchester, 90045; 310.846.9950) which offers a bar, arcade and, of course, bowling. A night here is full of options and they host special events as well. www.daveandbuster.com