One of the smallest and oldest bowling alleys operating in Los Angeles County, Montrose Bowl has been around since 1936 on small-town Montrose's quaint main shopping boulevard. With its 1950s decor, manual scoring system, jukebox and eight lanes, Montrose Bowl specializes in hosting birthdays, reunions, wedding receptions and baby showers. You actually rent the entire bowling alley (capacity 95 people) for $250 to $1,000, depending on the day. The public can bowl during certain hours for $25 per lane. The alley has been in Maria and Bob Berger's family for 30 years and such productions as Pleasantville, Teen Wolf and Elvira: Mistress of the Dark have been filmed on its charming old wood lanes. Beverages on offer include more than 60 beers — and you have the option of bringing your own food to the party. The hometown vibe of Montrose Bowl is so laid-back, you can bowl from between your legs and nobody will care. 2334 Honolulu Ave., Montrose. (818) 249-3895,
—Liana Aghajanian

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