Best Bowling Alleys For A Night Out In Los Angeles

February 6, 2014 5:00 AM

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The leisurely game of bowling is a great way to spend time with family and friends while burning a few calories as you consume them in the form of good food and cheap drinks. It also makes for a really fun group date night or just a night out with long-time friends you haven’t seen in a while. Luckily, there more than a dozen great bowling alleys for a night out in Los Angeles. Last year, CBS featured five of the best bowling alleys in Los Angeles. This year, we’re bringing you five more of the best bowling alleys in LA for a fun night out.
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XLanes LA Bowling Alley
333 S. Alameda St., Suite 300
Los Angeles, CA 90013
(213) 229-8910

Located in Little Tokyo of downtown LA, XLanes LA Bowling Alley is the perfect place to play for a night out with friends. XLanes has 24 lanes that light up with LED lights, eight of which are private bowling lanes that can be subdivided into two private bowling rooms if the occasion warranting the night out calls for it. This bowling alley has a very modern, chic look and feel with luxurious seating arrangements surrounding glass dining tables held up by bowling pins. It’s almost as upscale of a bowling alley as Lucky Strike Lanes, minus the corporate vibe. XLanes also features a redemption arcade with over 100 games, a nine-table billiard and three private karaoke rooms with over 1,000 song selections, which makes this place ideal for an action-packed fun-filled night out with friends.

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Shatto 39 Lanes
3255 W. 4th St.
Los Angeles, CA 90020
(213) 385-9475

Not too far from XLanes, you’ll find Shatto 39 Lanes in LA’s Korea Town. While some would describe it as a bit run down, others think of it more as a hidden gem with cheap bowling, cheap drinks and cheap pool with 19 tables to play from. Shatto 39 Lanes is like a throwback to the 80s, making it a great place to enjoy a night out with friends dressed in 80s attire if you so choose. If dive bars are your thing, then Shatto 39 Lanes is definitely one of the best bowling alleys for a night out in Los Angeles, especially on a budget.

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Gardena Bowl
15707 S. Vermont Ave.
Gardena, CA 90247
(310) 324-1244

It may not look like much from the outside, but all of the locals rave about the food at Gardena Bowl. This bowling alley is most known for its famous coffee shop which serves Oriental and Hawaiian dishes as well as traditional American food found at most other bowling alleys. For a great night out with friends, head to Gardena Bowl on a Friday night after 11 p.m. or a Saturday night after 9 p.m. for Kosmik Thunder bowling. You can also head down there on a weeknight after 9 p.m. for a great All You Can Bowl deal for only $14 per person with shoes included. It’s definitely a favorite hangout for many of the locals who enjoy a fun game of bowling with good food and even better company.

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Palos Verdes Bowl
24600 Crenshaw Blvd.
Torrance, CA 90505
(310) 326-5120

If you like old-school bowling alleys, then Palos Verdes Bowl is the place for you. It has a really retro vibe and reminds you of the kind of bowling alley you’d see featured in films reminiscent of the “Brady Bunch” era. When the lights dim down and the music turns up, PV Bowl transforms itself to look more like a flashy nightclub with disco lights and glow in the dark bowling lanes. It’s a great place where friends can enjoy a night out and catch up with each other over a game of cosmic bowling. PV Bowl also features live music every Thursday and Friday night.



KDB Long Beach
10 Aquarium Way
Long Beach, CA 90802
(562) 308-7529

Located at The Pike in Long Beach, KDB stands for kitchen, den and bar and serves as an extension of its home and yours making it a great place for a night out with friends. The Den at KDB features a 10-lane bowling alley and well over 120 interactive games and attractions to keep you occupied while waiting for a lane to open up. KDB also has a sports bar serving handcrafted brews and a sleek bowling bar featuring speciality cocktails and martinis. At night time, KDB transitions for family-friendly fun to the ultimate party where adults can enjoy the rock and bowl experience to the tunes of the latest musical hits projected onto big screen televisions. It’s a neighborhood kitchen, den and bar that has a little something for everyone.

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Niki Payne is a freelance writer covering all things Entertainment in Los Angeles. Her work can be found on

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