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Issue 79 - Bowled over

Whisky Magazine Issue 79
April 2009


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Bowled over

Whisky Magazine's barfly slips into her bowling shoes and hits the lanes.

There's nothing like a good drink to pick you up when you've been languishing in the gutter – the gutter either side of a 10 pin bowling lane, that is.

While good bowlers smoothly send the ball speeding down the lane to smash the pins for a strike, my own involuntary technique is a unique and jerky manoeuvre best described as the ‘one-legged hop and wobble.'This inevitably sends the ball careering straight into those gutters and my game quickly goes down the drain. Still, I regularly subject myself to a painful ‘trip'down the bowling alley, in the knowledge I can console myself with a drink afterwards. And when the drinks list is as good as it is at All Star Lanes, I can justify hopping along to the bar and skipping the bowling bit altogether.

For those unfamiliar with All Star Lanes, it has brought the concept of ‘boutique bowling' to London using lashings of retro style from 1950s America. The first venue in central Holborn launched in 2006 and was such a success that a Bayswater branch to the west of the city soon followed. Now the group has looked to the East End with its most recently opened location, at the Old Truman Brewery on Brick Lane, in the hip neighbourhood of Shoreditch.

Although currently a London phenomenon,there are plans afoot for expanding All Star Lanes into other European cities, with Dublin, Paris and Berlin being the capitals considered for the future.

So what's the big deal that has made the concept so popular so far? Well, alongside the b...

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