September 19th, 2007: Midtown Lanes

Midtown Lanes
4645 Venice Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90019

Wednesday, September 19th, 2007

In years past, a cosmic pinch brought together the streets of Pico, Venice, and San Vicente, creating the topography for what now is the center resurgent neighborhood of The Mid City. Once a hub for the extensive Los Angeles streetcar system and the site of a popular Sears with innovative rooftop parking, the area fell into decline in recent decades, but is now one of the greatest destinations for bowling in our fair city. It is also the best deal, which is our dive bar mantra.

For the Wednesday special, simply pay a 10 dollar initial fee and each subsequent game is only a quarter. As they are open till midnight on Wednesdays, this means quite a few games at a rapidly declining price per bowl. Five can bowl per lane but they might fill up fast so come early if bowling is your forte. It is also probable that informal teams might develop, but as those who started the night early begin to feel the effects of the inexpensive oat sodas available at the attached bar will need some help to keep their averages up. Just look for the abundance of high fives, then proceed to florescent Cocktails sign near the back of the alley and order your Caucasian through the hatch (though be warned that the barkeep may look at you funny for ordering, or for simply being a Caucasian — the WDBT Executive Committee strongly suggests referring to the drink, in the parlance of our times, as a "White Russian")

Also, for a truly transcendent experience, one might stop in beforehand for a dinner at the nearby Roscoe’s Chicken and Waffles, then venture below the the lanes themselves for the World on Wheels, an honest to goodness roller rink, before heading upstairs for some strikes and gutters. This may be a bit much for the WDBT Executive Committee this evening, yet they might be found beforehand enjoying some dinner at the attached greasy spoon cafe.

As usual, the casual debauchery starts around 9PM and gets really interesting by 10:00 . Come for one drink, or stay for one too many. Bring anyone and everyone, and join us for a great time in the middle of the week. If you arrive early or late, look for the people having a damn good time (it’ll be us), or start having a damn good time on your own (we’ll find you).

Carpe Drink’em,

Alex, Damien, & Travis, WDBT Co-Czars (and special thanks to guest (b)arbiter Brian)

"Obviously, you’re not a golfer."

-The Dude

One Response to “September 19th, 2007: Midtown Lanes”

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