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Life on the Fast Lanes--With Music, Food, Games and Gutters : ROCK 'N' ROLL BOWLING

May 16, 1987|MICHELE SEIPP

Westminster Lanes, 6451 Westminster Ave., Westminster, (714) 893-5005.

All ages really cut the rug Fridays and Saturdays, from 11:30 p.m. to 3 a.m. with "Rockin' Bowl." Top 40 music is piped in over the PA system, and--for $6.50--it's all you can bowl. If you bowl a strike while you're rockin' and rollin', you can win concert tickets, record albums, T-shirts and stuffed animals.

Other features: The King's Table is the Westminster Lanes' own nightclub. It has cocktails and dancing. Swing music plays Friday and Sunday nights, and live bands play Saturday nights.

Full-service coffee shop, nursery room for tots. Lessons are given by Donna Zimmerman, a Hall of Fame bowler.

Hours: Sunday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 2 a.m.; Fridays and Saturdays, open until 4 a.m.

Sports Center Bowl, 12655 Ventura Blvd. in Studio City, (818) 769-7600.

For $6, feet fly and pins topple with "Moonlight Madness" on Friday nights, from midnight to 3 a.m. A disc jockey spins loud rock 'n' roll and all lights are turned off except those over the lanes.

Other features: nearby video arcade, billiard room, beauty and barber shops.

Private lessons arranged through the pro shop.

Call for open-play hours.


The Bayshore Bowl, 234 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica, (213) 399-7731.

Nestled inside this alley with its beautiful green lanes is the Cafe Beignet, a trendy Cajun cookery run by Wolfgang Puck protegee Judy Binder. A jukebox and neon signs complete the party feel.

Other features: a cocktail lounge and a pro-shop, with employees who give advice.

Hours: Monday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 1 a.m.; Sunday, 9 a.m. until midnight.

Eldorado Bowl, 8731 Lincoln Blvd., (213) 670-0688.

Pepy of Pepy's coffee shop serves good diner fare. Trained as a gourmet chef, he'll also whip up a fancy feast on request. On Sunday and Thursday nights, there's live harp music while you dine.

Other features: cocktail lounge, daytime nursery.

Hours: Monday through Saturday, 9 a.m. until 1 a.m.; Sunday, until 11 p.m.

South Bay Bowl, 1515 Hawthorne Blvd., Redondo Beach, (213) 371-7521.

Does bowling make you want something spicy and then something cool and creamy? Then the South Bay is the right place for you. Bobby's is their Persian restaurant and Ice Cream Circus is their ice cream parlor.

Other features: cocktail lounge, nursery for children of league players.

Hours: Sunday through Wednesday, 8:30 a.m. until midnight; Thursday through Saturday, open until 3 a.m.


Mar Vista Bowl, 12125 Venice Blvd., Culver City, (213) 391-5288.

In addition to those TV-like screens above the approach that automatically display your score, the Mar Vista has a coffee shop, Peter B's; a cocktail lounge, a morning nursery and private lessons out of the pro shop.

Hours: Sunday through Wednesday, 7 a.m. until midnight; Thursday through Saturday, open 24 hours.

Tokyo Bowl, 333 S. Alameda St., on the third level of Yohan Square in Little Tokyo, (213) 626-7376.

In addition to its automatic scoring, the Tokyo has the Sugar Bowl Cafe, a Japanese/American eatery the Aloha Lounge for cocktails and private instruction out of its pro shop.

Call for hours.

Woodlake Bowl, 23130 Ventura Blvd., Woodland Hills, (818) 348-7181.

In addition to its automatic scoring, the Woodlake has the Woodlake Saloon for cocktails, the Woodlake Coffee Shop for eats, a nursery and private and group instruction.

Hours: Sunday through Thursday, 8:30 a.m. until 2 a.m.; Friday and Saturday, open until 3 a.m.

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