The walls of All Star Lanes are adorned with retro bowling balls, shirts and bags. The decor is strictly 1950s and there’s an American-style diner that serves milkshakes made with Reese’s peanut butter cups. It’s like stepping 60 years back in time to a bowling alley in the U.S. Even the waitresses are dressed in bubblegum-pink 1950s-style dresses.
Luckily for us Londoners, this is an underground bowling joint in Holborn, not downtown Austin. And All Star Lanes can also be found in Bayswater and Brick Lane. Keep an eye out for events – the alleys have hosted a La Roux DJ set and the Noisettes will be hitting the Brick Lane decks on 19th November.
There’s a deal on with record store Rough Trade at the moment – if you show your wristband from an in-store gig at the Brick Lane branch after 6pm between Monday – Wednesday, you get 50% off food and 30% off drinks.
But a word of warning if you’re an amateur like me – this place is too cool to be seen bowling with the sides up.