Highland Park Bowl

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4 out of 5 stars
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Highland Park Bowl
Photograph: Wonho Frank Lee

There are few LA venues more beautiful than Highland Park Bowl at the moment. Formerly a cherished music venue called Mr. T's Bowl, the 1933 Group (La CuevitaHarloweIdle Hour) took over the space in 2015 after the previous owner passed away, and began an extensive renovation process that would ultimately transform the space into a gorgeous, steampunk-esque bowling alley and bar. 

The details here are meticulous, from chandeliers made out of repurposed pinsetters to old bowling banners that line the alley's eight lanes. Bowlers can wait out their turn on leather Chesterfield sofas and order from a menu boasting Neapolitan-style pizzas, craft cocktails and a rotating selection of local beers. Behind the lanes, two bars provide plenty of space to hang even if you're not here for bowling. Upstairs, you'll find a stairwell display of bowling artifacts—trophies, photos, medals—set up behind glass portholes, and bathrooms that include old bowling lockers. Seriously, guys, they thought of everything.

The price to rent a lane fluctuates between $50 and $70 for an hour, depending on the date and time, but with each lane holding up to six people, it's a solid—and standard—fee. 

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Venue name: Highland Park Bowl
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Address: 5621 N Figueroa St
Los Angeles
90042
Opening hours: Mon-Fri 5pm-2am; Sat, Sun 10am-2pm
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tastemaker

One of the very heavily talked about and photographed recent re-openings has been the Highland Park Bowl, a vintage bowling alley that has had a couple iterations since the 1920’s. I’ve been wanting to go but heard it was quite small and assumed its location in trendy Highland Park would lead to large crowds.


A friend had an excellent idea to visit on a Saturday morning right after it opened. It was not too crowded, and completely bright and clean. The staff welcomed us in every area. I love retro style and this place feels like you’ve stepped back in time. It almost feels like a period movie set.


The bowling alley provides bowling lanes, of course, but also a food menu with wood burning pizza made to order, brunch, cocktails and plenty of seating. Some nights they even have karaoke and other themed activities.


Our hour at the lanes just flew by, but we opted to stay longer to enjoy another drink and a pizza. The bowling fees and shoe rental tabs are separate from the bar and food tab, and they do a good job serving you regardless of what section you choose to inhabit.


For me, just watching the antique machinery that sets the pins and returns the bowling  balls provided ample entertainment. They have just the right amount of technology with plasma screens tallying the players and scores electronically.


All this fun can get a bit pricey, but the ambiance makes it a worthy splurge.

tastemaker

An utterly gorgeous space and attentive service make up for somewhat weak cocktails.  Some of the best interior design in the greater Los Angeles area (it's of the same caliber as Clifton's in terms of mood, scope, and detail), it's an absolute delight to dine and/or drink here.  Bowling is expensive (for instance, $60 for an hour on a Friday) and can be busy depending on the night, but it's manageable if you have enough people.  The food is casual but yummy--think pizza and other bar bites, like delicious fries.  There's a good beer selection and numerous interesting cocktails.  That said, I had two, and while they both tasted good, they also seemed quite light on the alcohol content.  All in all, this is a fantastic place for a night out whether you're catching up with friends and feeling like a casual (but awesome) evening or getting dressed up a bit and going out for a date.

moderator

Highland Park Bowl might be the most beautifully themed, fully realized space in the whole city—and certainly the most handsome bowling alley. The exposed pinsetter, vintage banners and restored mural are just fantastic touches. It's a little pricey, though, especially on weekends, and the food and drinks are a little underwhelming for the price.