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Address: 6 Porchester Gardens, London, England W2 4DB (Cross street: Redan Pl)
Neighbourhood: Bayswater
Specifics: Bowling, Cocktails, Food
Phone: 020 7313 8363
Bowling Good lookin' home cookin' with balls.
Nightlife Glitzy bowling madness.

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Posted by:  Claire Storrow

Allstar Lanes sounded like way too much fun and I am always suspicious of way too much fun--I am of the Kitchen Society when it comes to parties or New Year's Eve. But on a Wednesday evening (definitely no fear of fun midweek) I was dragged to the Bayswater branch for a couple of Anchor Steam beers, a San Franciscan beer that my friend Ian insisted he had found "nowhere else in London." The door policy is a little confusing--you don't need to be a member per se but you need to have registered to play a game either at the time or previously: registration costs 10 pounds but your first bowling sesh is free and you get a High Roller card for future entry. This is a place that the Fonz would be happy to frequent (indeed perhaps a little "uptown" for Fonzarelli). Plush banquettes, low lighting and hot waitresses in high-waist jeans: I could learn to like this joint. The Anchor Steam hit the spot and I was near tempted to order a mojito as "Chachi" lined 'em up on the bar in front of me. Yup, there will be a next time. Happy Days.

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Average Rating: 5   (5=Amazing, 1=Just Horrible)
Submitted: 9/28/2009 9:07 AM                  
Posted By: Angela Hancock
Comment: On a normal night out in West London with two of my best friends, we accidentally stumbled upon this super cool mecca of 1950's style bowling. I've shopped in Whiteleys since I was knee-high and in pigtails but I didn't noticed All Star Lanes swing into the neighbourhood. So glad we found it because we had such a brilliant time! We strolled up to the reception swapped our shoes for a super cool pair of black and burgundy shiny new velcro beauties and laughed and high-fived our way through our game. Skipped dinner in their diner and headed straight for the bar until it was closing time. Big fun! Maybe next time we'll pop into their restaurant and have a taste of their tasty-looking American menu.