Los Angeles is home to a diverse array of bowling alleys, each with its own unique charm and character. Whether you’re looking for a retro vibe, a high-energy club atmosphere, or a laid-back lounge experience, there’s a bowling alley in L.A. to fit your style. So grab your bowling shoes and check out our list of the best bowling alleys below.
Highland Park Bowl
Located in the trendy Highland Park neighborhood, Highland Park Bowl is more than just a bowling alley – it’s a work of art. The 1933 Group transformed this former music venue into a steampunk-inspired bowling alley and bar with leather Chesterfield sofas, Neapolitan-style pizzas, craft cocktails, and a rotating selection of local beers. The rates can get steep, so we recommend visiting on Saturday and Sunday afternoons for the most reasonable prices.
Shatto 39 Lanes
If you’re looking for a classic bowling alley experience, Shatto 39 Lanes is the place to go. With 39 lanes, arcade, a roundabout bar, billiards room and coffee shop, this iconic bowling alley has been standing strong since 1954. You can pre-game with cheap cocktails at the bar or enjoy super strong in-house bevvies during your game. Refuel with salty snacks like nachos or the Shatto Special. And if you forget your socks, don’t worry – there’s a sock vending machine (as of last check) with offerings in all sizes and styles.
XLanes Little Tokyo
XLanes Little Tokyo is a virtual paradise for game lovers. With 24 lanes of LED-lit bowling, over 100 arcade games, a billiard room, and karaoke, this high-energy club atmosphere is perfect for a night out with friends. And if you get hungry, XLanes also has a restaurant and full sports bar, making it the ultimate entertainment destination.
The Spare Room
Tucked away on the second floor of the Roosevelt hotel in Hollywood, The Spare Room is a cozy and intimate lounge that transports you to another era. On Monday game night, an exclusive bowling league competes, but groups of up to six can reserve one of two lanes for a hefty fee. And don’t forget to try the classic cocktails and punch bowls that flow freely.
If you’re looking for a club-alley hybrid, Lucky Strike – L.A. LIVE is the perfect spot. With neon-lit bowling lanes, billiards tables, TVs, a full-service bar, and rentable rooms, this loungey atmosphere is perfect for events and parties. Just make sure to follow the dress code, which requires “neat, casual, fitted attire.”
Formerly Canoga Park Bowl, Winnetka Bowl is an extensively programmed alley that caters to a variety of needs. With a full-service restaurant, billiards, arcade, and special events, this is the perfect spot for a family-friendly night out or to join a league for the elderly. Visit on Mondays after 9pm for a special deal – get in the door for $8 and pay only $1 per game.
AMF has 32 lanes and a really fun ambience. They also have an arcade, billiards and pool table. Plus you can make reservations online and even get a 10% discount.
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