X Lanes

Best Bowling Alley, August 2013

The 50,000-square-foot X Lanes is the kingpin of bowl-o-ramas. After renting your stench-free shoes, hit one of the 24 pristine lanes, which are rigged with ultramodern scoring consoles, comfortable couches, and tables perched on bowling pins. When you’re not throwing frames, you’ll find pool tables, whizbang arcade games, a full bar, and karaoke rooms. The colorful space caters to multiple demographics—teenagers, families, hipster posses—without alienating the leaguers. Located on the third level of a down-at-the-heels Little Tokyo shopping mall, it was closed for 21 years. Since reopening in May, it’s been attracting crowds, proving that X Lanes indeed marks the spot.