All Star Lanes

Restaurants , North American Bloomsbury
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Styling itself on stateside ‘boutique’ bowling alleys, this retro-themed venue is the more upmarket of Bloomsbury’s two bowling dens (see also Bloomsbury Bowling Lanes). There are four lanes (plus two private lanes upstairs), diner-style booths, and a glamorous side bar with red leather banquettes, subdued lighting, an extensive cocktail menu and DJs at the weekends. Food is good old American diner fare – ribs, steaks, Texas chilli con carne – or just have a peanut butter and banana shake, which constitutes a meal in itself. Save room for dessert, though; it’s difficult to turn down Momma’s sweet potato pie, or a mississippi mud cake.
Venue name: All Star Lanes
Contact:
Address: Victoria House
Bloomsbury Place
London
WC1B 4DA
Opening hours: Open 5-11.30pm Mon-Wed; 5pm-midnight Thur; noon-2am Fri; 11am-2am Sat; 11am-11pm Sun. Meals served 5-10pm Mon-Thur; noon-10pm Thur, Fri; 11am-10pm Sat; 11am-9.30pm Sun
Transport: Tube: Holborn tube
Price: Main courses £9.50-£14.50. Bowling (per person per game) £7.75-£8.75/person per game
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Sarah G
Tastemaker

Mixed feelings about All Star Lanes, on the one hand it's quite smart & fun feelin, staff are friendly & bowling & food is decent. On the other it's a pretty tiny place, and it has lots of odd rules about when children are allowed in.

Be a great place for grown up friends/work night out, not so great for families!

Amy L
Tastemaker

A fun night out, with a good deal on bowling, 2 course dinner, and a cocktail for around £35. I had a great time. Popcorn squid was tasty, however the bun on the fish burger was overcooked. The bar plays fun music and so is a good place to hang around for a little while after the bowling.

Vieve W
Tastemaker

Bowling and All American food... What's not to love. Turns out quite a few things actually. I've been to the All Star Lanes before, in Westfield Stratford, and had an amazing time but at this branch however, not so much. After entering and being greeted warmly by security, we checked in at the desk (or should I say tried to.) Service was quite poor, with us standing there for about 2 minutes before we were actually acknowledged. Our game took place in the club room which was a welcome surprise and after getting some drinks in we got down to enjoying our game. Needless to say we had a great time and I (unsurprisingly) came last! Problems I had with the venue, were unfortunately just one too many. As previously mentioned the service from the ladies at the reception desk wasn't great nor too helpful. Then there was the summer special cocktail displayed all over the place, which they were unable to make as they had no strawberry 'something or the other'. Finally there was the dining experience. The restaurant is tiny, the lanes are right next to the restaurant and the music was loud... You literally had to shout to talk and listen to the people you were sat right next to. On top of that, every food dish ordered, came to our table reeking of vinegar! We weren't sure why (and neither were the waitresses) but it was very off putting to say the least. Overall, the bowling was great fun and there was a lively atmosphere but other than that, there was a lot left to be desired.

NatalieO
Tastemaker

We went this week but I did feel that the 1 hour booking for the lane was a bit restrictive! We had a fairly large team spread out over 2 lanes. The cocktails were a highlight!

Luisa G
Tastemaker

The bowling itself is pretty cool, well lit and enjoyable - though not that many bowling lanes. I also enjoyed the food after, it was easy as we were in a big group. 

Shona R
Tastemaker

We went here for a work social and found that the food and drinks WERE AMAZING, but the service was lacking. The fact that there were 10 of us and we were only given an hour on the lane was really frustrating.  Although we had fun, I think that it was slightly overpriced. Not sure we will go again unless they find away around the only 1 hour booking rule.

Samantha H
Tastemaker

All star lanes has the sticky carpet of Inferno's, the food quality of Chicken Cottage and staff who clearly know this.  Everyone we spoke with either rude or seemingly fed up.  The food was awful.  Most of it remained uneaten.  All drinks were mainly ice and the staff had to check in a recipe book for every single step of each one.  They would provide much quicker service if they had fewer options that could all be made competently by the staff by memory!  The bowling was ok.  We were allowed on our lanes late as the people before over ran and then were rushed off as soon as our time was up even though we hadn't finished.  Wasn't worth the fight at that point.  I would definitely advise going elsewhere!

Vajeeha

Came here for a team night out incentive, and was very excited by the 50s timewarp I entered! Complimentary cloakroom as you enter making you feel a bit special before you even start.

Clean and sleek is how I'd describe it, with cool American drinks as you hit that strike (or gutterball all the way like me).

Downsides are that the eating area is openly next to the 4 lanes which doesn't quite block any loud, noisy or boistorous diners. I wouldn't get overly happy about their food either, it arrived cold and bland (mine was the fish finger sandwich - McDs fillet o' fish tastes better perosnally).


Not to say that I wouldn't come back, it beats all the other bowling spots commonly known about and I like to pretend that I'm fancy when I can!

VERMIN C

I have just phoned the Brick Lane branch to book two lanes for 12 people this weekend.

I was informed that the only way we could do this is if we book to eat also, so it seems All Start Bowling is a "restaurant" with bowling as a side line?

The fact they are based in Brick Lane known as the most famous destination in London for curry (which incidentally our party was hoping to eat before bowling) makes All Stars rule of forced eating American diner style food even more ridiculous!
Very disappointing that All Star bowling must force more money for food that its patrons do not want just so they can bowl? We were a party of 12 and would have consumed many drinks from the bar and maybe a few snacks but I am upset that one is forced to eat just so they may bowl in a "bowling alley".

I know of no other alley that enforces this ridiculous criteria.

Wont ever bowl here again!

Kaci

The bouncers and woman at the door were incredibly rude. The drinks and music wasn't bad. Didn't go bowling or eat any food, but the atmosphere was nice.

Alecia steele

Very fun!! I had an amazing time here, reasonably priced and the retro theme was perfect really felt I was bowling in America 1950 haaha !! Worth a visit !!

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