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90th Anniversary of LA’s Oldest Bowling Alley

In association with Los Angeles Times Food Bowl, Highland Park Bowl embraces its Prohibition-era roots by transporting to yesteryear with music, burlesque, and a bowl down memory lanes.

On Saturday, May 6, 2017, Los Angeles’s oldest operating bowling alley Highland Park Bowl, recently restored by 1933 Group, flashes back to 1927 Prohibition with daytime discounted games and an evening of music, burlesque, and a reenactment of its former pharmacy-bootleg practice featuring a specialty prescription cocktail menu.

Originated in 1927 during the height of Prohibition, Highland Park Bowl legally supplied medicinal alcohol through its onsite pharmacy and upstairs doctors’ facilities. It became a beloved recreational gathering place for those seeking permissible tipples and fun. Last year, 1933 Group restored the landmark location to its former glory, revealing an abundance of historic nuances and a storied past. For the 90th Anniversary, and for the first time in decades, the public will get a glimpse into one of the refurbished doctor’s offices while the team at Highland Park Bowl reenacts its past by supplying an apothecary menu to cure an array of ailments.  Guests will fill out a check list of symptoms (available now at Highland Park Bowl)– some which include shame, dizziness, and FOMO– then head upstairs to seek spirited advice (in the form of a cocktail recommendation) from Dr. Wente, played by lead barman Johnnie Santiago. “Patients” will then head back to the lanes as they did many years ago for a sociable good time.

Prohibition-era garb is optional/encouraged for attendees. Bowling is first come, first serve, with lanes accommodating up to 6 people at a time.  Lanes are $19.33/hour, per lane from 11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m., then $70/hour per lane from 6:00 p.m. – 2:00 a.m. There will be no cover charge for the celebration and attendance.


Saturday, May 6 from 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 a.m.

Throwback discounted bowling for $19.33/hour, from 11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.


Highland Park Bowl
5621 N Figueroa Street
Los Angeles, CA 90042
(323) 257-BOWL

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About Highland Park Bowl:

With a reverence for restoring Los Angeles history, 1933 Group revitalized Highland Park Bowl to unveil eight refurbished bowling lanes, and revived the location as a playful gathering place for bowlers, imbibers, diners, and music enthusiasts alike. Originally established in 1927 during prohibition, Highland Park Bowl is now Los Angeles’s oldest operating bowling alley.

About 1933 Group:

Formed more than a decade ago, the 1933 Group helms a lauded portfolio of bars in Los Angeles, including the historical restorations of Highland Park Bowl and the barrel-shaped bar Idle Hour in North Hollywood, Sassafras in Hollywood, La Cuevita in Highland Park, Bigfoot Lodge in Los Feliz, Thirsty Crow in Silver Lake, and Culver City’s Bigfoot West and Oldfield’s.  Combining design aesthetics that embrace various time periods in early America with a passion for cocktails and the revival of the art of bartending, owners Bobby Green, Dimitri Komarov, and Dmitry Liberman create imaginative libations and scenes throughout LA’s drinking landscape.  Each concept reflects bold, modern interpretations, reflective of the company’s dynamic partners and memorable eras. For more information, please visit or find 1933 Group on Facebook.

1 Comment

  1. Isabella Leigh Stoloff

    July 11, 2017 at 22:21

    This looks amazing! So sorry to have missed it. Will you ever do something like this again? Is there opportunity to put on other types of things in this venue?. If there is please reach out I have ideas.

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