Bowling has always maintained a steady level of niche popularity, with very little about the hobby having changed since its heyday in the 50s. But in the less than glamorous pastime, designers and entrepreneurs have found an opportunity to strike. Introducing VIP bowling: All Star Lanes in London and SM Bowling Center‘s new alley for Manila's Mall of Asia are two high-end bowling alleys that blend kitsch with class, adding an air of elitism to what is usually thought of as a populist sport. Stripped of their trashy charm, these new alleys feature decors suited for a luxury lounge or club, turning a Saturday at the neighborhood lanes into a night out on the town.

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