When you have tweens and teens and are trying to find a way to get together with another family with same-age kids, it can be challenging to find an activity that both adults and reluctant kids would enjoy. So when the idea of meeting up with our friends for a post-holiday game of bowling came up, we went for it.

The kids are alright.

We met at Tavern+Bowl located at The Triangle in Costa Mesa. It’s a boutique bowling alley, which means it isn’t massive and overwhelming. Instead, it’s quite warm and welcoming, really. Tavern+Bowl has 10 state-of-the-art bowling lanes. Their scoring system even allows you to post your score on social media sites directly from the console, but since I didn’t do so well, I opted not to take advantage of this feature. The kids normally glued to their phones, were having too much fun bowling against each other too so that was refreshing to see, for sure.

Bowling is more fun with friends.

But if you want to know what makes Tavern+Bowl better than your regular run of the mill bowling alley, I’d have to say, it’s the FOOD! The delicious gourmet menu features something for everyone – from meat lovers to vegans, gluten-free and paleo people.

Inception? Nah. Just these delicious tavern tacos – Choice of chorizo chicken, beef barbacoa, carnitas, or beer-battered cod over corn tortillas, served with fire-roasted corn + black bean salsa.

These nachos were a winner!

Ten-Pin Nachos. Corn tortilla chips topped with jalapeño cheese sauce, fire-roasted corn + black bean salsa, avocado relish, and cilantro lime sour cream= Winner!
Beer and Bacon Jam Sliders!

I am told the restaurant is also one of the best places in Orange County to watch your favorite sports teams. Not a big sports fan myself, but this would be a nice place to watch a game – Large TV screens, good food and a full bar.

Tavern Bowl Costa Mesa

As for me, you’ll find me at the bowling alley trying my best to improve my score while noshing on some tasty grub from Tavern+Bowl’s scratch kitchen.

Bowling lane rates start at $25/hour for up to 6 bowlers. Check out the Tavern+Bowl website here for more details.


The Triangle
1870 Harbor Blvd. (at the end of the 55 Fwy., at Newport Blvd. and 19th Street)
Costa Mesa, CA 92627
(949) 438-2320