Let’s get one thing straight: This is not your junior-high roller-skating flashback. World on Wheels is devoid of wobbly teenagers cruising to Styx classics and awkwardly holding hands during K-Ci & JoJo. Instead, this rink caters to those who didn’t quit skating after the field trips faded away. Here you’ll find semi-professional roller skaters gliding in pairs, practically skate-dancing in circles underneath twirling, cool, rainbow twinkle lights. Sexy ’70s soul jams by Earth, Wind and Fire, Curtis Mayfield, Donna Summer and the like rule the airwaves in a mix so groovetastic, the beat starts working its way into double Salchows. (And we’re not talking “Last Dance,” here. Think badass B-sides. Aw yeah.) Amateur skaters are welcome, but keep to the inside track and let the real rollers do their thing, or hang in the rink’s center island lounge, watch and learn. 4645 1/2 Venice Blvd., Mid-City. (323) 933-5170. —Ali Trachta
That's right Ali!!!!! World On Wheels is the place for real OG Sk8ters. I've been skating there since I 14 yrs. old. I'm 46yrs. old now. I am now teaching my 4 yr. old granddaughter how to skate there at World On Wheels.