Photos by Wonho Frank Lee

Highland Park’s vintage crown jewel is fun for the whole fam.

A stroll down Highland Park’s Figueroa street on any given afternoon will yield the most delightful mix of cultures and options for either filling the belly or emptying the wallet. Think mid-century furniture tumbling out of warehouse-cum-décor boutiques or tantalising smells wafting out of Asian fusion restaurants and sidewalk stands hawking fresh nibbles a la Mexicana.

One standout spot sitting proudly along this main artery is Highland Park Bowl, also known as Mr. T’s Bowling. Dating back to 1927, these recently-reopened lanes are a true feat of historic preservation. The place doubles as a restaurant and speakeasy-style bar—another nod to the venue’s history—, complete with old machinery cleverly repurposed as lighting and décor. A wood-fire oven churns out authentically chewy Neapolitan-style pizzas, while the bar has enough trappings to keep both young and old hydrated. And whether you’re a pro pin-hitter or not, the Moscow mule and old fashioned—both on tap—should be enough to lubricate anyone’s game.

Highland Park Bowl, 5621 N. Figueroa Street, Highland Park, Los Angeles
Wonho Frank Lee

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