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Bowled Over

March 24, 2017
Highland Park Bowl

Love to bowl, drink, dance and be part of the so-now scene? Then this exquisitely restored award-winning lounge, with dedicated music room, microbrewery, open-air kitchen, and cocktail bar, is definitely the new nocturnal hotspot for you.

LA’s oldest bowling alley, Highland Park Bowl, first got ballsy in 1927, but has been revitalised by local nightlife impresarios the 1933 Group after years as a punk rock club. More stunningly preserved than most of the city’s celebs, this national treasure is now a glam thing of beauty, with soft lighting to ensure you’ll look great too.

Chesterfield sofas invite you to relax at the start of the eight recently unveiled bowling lanes, with oversized pendant lamps and retro memorabilia in the vast arched room setting an elegant vintage scene. Archi fans will appreciate the original Spanish Revival interiors; sports fanatics will just want to whup their pals. Lanes accommodate up to six people, and are priced per hour.

Slake your thirst at the two U-shaped bars, which pour rotating local and seasonal craft suds. Cocktails pay homage to the Highland’s history, with cult classics from bygone eras. The wood-fired oven is your friend, turning out Neapolitan-style pizzas which would have the Happy Days crew smiling. Meatballs, cheeseburgers, fries and ravioli chocolate keep the Americana nostalgia coming. Toast your posse with The Dude Abides, a modernised White Russian inspired by The Big Lebowski.

Highland Park Bowl / 5621 N Figueroa St / +1 323 257 2695 / 5pm-2am Mon-Fri, 11am-2am Sat-Sun / res ahead /