In a world where bowling alleys are going chic — Houston has its own "boutique bowling alley" downtown — it's refreshing to have a place like West University's Palace Lanes that keeps it real. At this half-century-old institution, it's not about the music or the food or the beautiful people that show up. It's about the bowling. Wonderful bowling, on nearly 50 lanes. There's also a full bar at Palace Lanes, and it delivers on every glorious thing you'd expect from a bowling alley bar.