With Highland Park Bowl, LA nightlife impresarios 1933 Group rolls a perfect frame.
Eastside sipsters: Highland Park Bowl’s cocktail menu rolls strike after strike with hipped-up renditions of popular cocktails, such as the Modern Washout (a bowling term for a certain setup of pins), a Mexican twist on the French Martini that combines Sino Reposado tequila, Ancho Reyes chile liqueur, pineapple gomme syrup, raspberry purée, and lemon juice.
This spring, an LA institution is re-imagined and restored. Highland Park Bowl, formerly a salt-of-the-earth-meets-hipster-beloved bowling haunt on the Eastside, now flaunts a city-chic vibe and have-it-all amenities. Originally opened in 1927, during Prohibition, the space formerly known as Mr. T’s Bowl has been given a revamp by 1933 Group (known for LA hot spots Sassafras, La Cuevita, Bigfoot Lodge, Thirsty Crow, and more). Updates include eight restored bowling lanes, a live music stage, dueling bars, and a music room named Mr. T’s (homage to the historic space’s former owner, Joseph “Mr. T” Teresa, an Italian immigrant by way of Louisiana, who bought the property in 1966). With a nod to the bowling alley’s history, the renovations are inspired by the property’s original Spanish Revival aesthetic. “1933 Group’s ongoing philosophy is to embrace the history and nostalgia of Los Angeles through its bars, and Highland Park Bowl is no exception,” says Director of Operations for 1933 Group, Jared Mort. The revamp includes an updated menu inspired by Mr. T’s Italian roots, including spicy sausages and wood-fired Neapolitan– style pizzas. With a focus on nightlife, the bar’s craft cocktail program will highlight playful twists on classic libations—standouts include the Modern Washout, an elevated version of the French Martini, and The Dude Abides, a play on a White Russian—and a bow to LA’s most beloved bowler, the Big Lebowski. The perfect strike! 5621 N. Figueroa St., LA