Since moving to the eastside, I have frequented this wonderfully dive-y joint on Farwell regularly. While it may not seem like much from the modest sign outside, dwarfed by the Orpheum’s flashy marquee, Landmark Lanes has a lot to offer.
When you first enter you will be led down a flight of stairs into the body of the beast. Landmark isn’t just a bowling alley, it’s an adventure. It includes three separates bars, around 16 lanes, a game arcade complete with big buck hunter (amongst other awesome options), numerous pool tables and a handful of cork and electronic dart boards.
My friends and I usually gather at the Mark around 9:30 on Thursday nights. Right now they have league bowling until around ten so we down a few beers before we hit lanes. If you end up going on a Friday or Saturday night, they have great cosmic bowling. A pair of shoes cost $ 2.11 and a game of bowling is about $12 dollars (for 4 people). And if you’re lucky/ have the right sized feet you can snag one of the few pairs of neon flamed shoes they have. Now the Mark is a REAL bowling alley, so you won’t find any electronic scoring here. Make sure to brush up on your manual scoring skills before visiting.
After enjoying a few beers (domestic taps are only 2 bucks on Thursdays, and rail mixers are 3 for you all who like to live on the edge) throwing a few strikes and taking in a few tunes (their jukebox has a great selection) we turn in our shoes and move on to the back bar, where the wonderful Roy hosts karaoke.
While they selection of songs doesn’t include current favorites like “Poker Face” the classics are readily available and so are diverse people. The Mark has a pretty solid group of regulars that keep the place hoppin. Karaoke can get busy so make sure to get your requests in early if you want to belt it out before 2am.
So whether you are looking to shoot a little pool or sing a little Dusty Springfield, Landmark is the place for you. I honestly believe that everyone would be better off with a little Mark in their life.