Mission Bowling Club in action for the very first time!

Our BFF Jess Kelso went bowling at a Mission Bowling Club preview party last night, and took a bunch of beautiful photos and told us all about it:

Apparently they rolled the scissor lift out 5 minutes before we arrived, but you never would have known it — the space looked amazing. As well as being responsible for a lot of the decor inside (including the curtains and the bowling stripes along the wall), Sommer’s mum has also created a beautiful garden wall in the space out the front of the alley. The outdoor space was still a bit bare but there are tables, chairs and bike racks on the way.

The food was delicious and beautifully presented, I especially liked the Home Fries on a Stick (literally served on a stick poking out of a piece of wood that was once part of a bowling lane) and the Buttermilk Pannacotta, served in a vintage teacup.

You seriously have to try the house cocktail, “TBD,” a blend of mescal and jalapeno jam. I’ve never tasted anything like it (it made my nose itchy), and it will be named after the first person to score a perfect 300. Challenge accepted! Although since I only scored 58 I think I have a long way to go…

You can do it, Jess! Now let’s look at more pictures:

Lots more pictures (of the food, the drink, the dining room, the garden and more) after the jump:

As reported previously, Mission Bowling Club opens to the public this coming Monday.

16 Responses to “Mission Bowling Club in action for the very first time!”

  1. Snake Plissken says:

    yeah, looks pretty sweet. looks like it’ll be a bit crowded though.

  2. scum says:


  3. Jimmy says:

    My obvious prediction is that place is going to be wildly successful and will completely transform that part of the neighborhood.

    • Mission Bowl is a symptom of change that’s already happening– not a cause of it.

      Dear Mom
      Z Space
      Coffee Bar
      Slow Club
      Bite Me Sandwiches
      Southern Pacific Brewery
      Homestead Bar
      Flour and Water
      Universal Cafe
      The diversification of the Verdi Club
      Not to mention all the awesome illegal performance spaces on Capp St.

      • YAR! says:

        Hasn’t the ODC been, as their website claims, in the Mission for 40 years?

        • Yeah– they’re an awesome non-profit. You should definitely check out some of their stuff, if you haven’t already.

          I just meant that the neighborhood has (for a long time) been moving away from warehouses/manufacturing to more of an entertainment destination. I don’t think that Mission Bowl will cause this to happen– it has been happening already for a long time.

    • me says:

      Slow club’s been there for 20 years. You?

  4. stencil says:

    ya gotta get closer to the line before releasing the ball

    • Wee Willy Wanker says:

      I was thinking the same thing. She’s gonna ding up that alley before the rest of us even get a chance to use it.

  5. Mission kids are excited (especially since the playgrounds are all closed!)

    • Wee Willy Wanker says:

      I was thinking the same thing. She’s gonna ding up that alley before the rest of us even get a chance to use it.

  6. no.thanks. says:

    i went to art school.

    i shoulda studied computer programming.

    • Jon K says:

      Yes, you definitely should have. Although it’s not too late. Read lots of books, learn how to program, watch all the Stanford CS lecture videos (for free, mind you), and then step into a world of huge opportunity.

  7. GerardB. says:

    Oh man, im pretty excited! I agreed with @jimmy. it will changed that whole neighborhood, another Valencia perhaps?

  8. word says:


    another bowling alley just opened in the city this month