Luxury bowling for high rollers at Kingpin Crown’s Pins Royale

Photo: Supplied

Photo: Supplied

The promise

Taking tenpin bowling to a whole new level, Pins Royale is a new luxury event space at Kingpin Crown. Just one glance at the ceiling, which features 30,000 hand-dipped golden timber dowels and it’s easy to see this 150-person venue isn’t your average bowling alley.

You’ll need to spend at least $10,000 for the pleasure of unlimited bowling in the private space – which has a VIP entrance, DJ booth and a black felt-covered pool table. That five-figure sum buys three hours of rolling gold-speckled bowling balls down the two private mahogany lanes.

You’ll also enjoy a butler service that means that – apart from bowling – you won’t have to lift a finger.

All you have to worry about is making your way through the 11-course menu, which includes shucked oysters and lobster ravioli – and sipping premium cocktails from the fully licensed marble-topped bar. It has an impressive collection of 32 spirits, including a $1250 bottle of Gran Patron Platinum.

The reality

I haven’t been bowling in a long time, but I don’t remember it ever being this glamorous. The Pins Royale experience is less about the sport of bowling and more about the exclusive extravagance that a private bar and entertainment space brings.

I’m blown away by the sheer decadence on display as I walk into the main room and sit down at a comfy booth to dine on four beautifully presented canape courses. The dishes in front of me are sesame-crusted yellow-fin tuna, smoked wasabi and apple relish, caramelised pork belly and pineapple salsa, as well as sake-cured beef with wasabi mayo and crispy wontons.

I top off the three savoury dishes with a chilli-infused chocolate creme with candied patron tequila jelly. As I savour each bite, my eyes can’t help but wander back over to the golden tree motif on the ceiling – it’s an amazing architectural feature.

As for the bowling itself, the feeling of being in a secluded space is relaxing, even with dance music pumping through the sound system. The bowling pins are on strings, which makes the time between bowls much quicker than a regular bowling alley.

Pins Royale at Kingpin Crown. Photo: supplied

Pins Royale at Kingpin Crown. Photo: Supplied

The pain factor

The only pain will be felt by your wallet. Other than that, it’s all about being pampered with amazing food and cocktails as you enjoy a bespoke bowling experience.

The pay-off

I had forgotten how much fun bowling is, but this experience quickly reminded me. All of the elements come together to create a fun and relaxing experience. Even though I was terrible at the actual bowling part, I couldn’t have cared less.

Who should do it?

Given the premium price, this experience is for a niche market. Pins Royale is designed for high rollers and celebrities – and even hosts the odd bar mitzvah, I’m told.

Would I do it again?

If I ever become a high roller or a celebrity, I’ll give Royal Pins another roll.

Photo: supplied

Tired of tenpin? Try the pool. Photo: Supplied

NEED TO KNOW

Pins Royale at Kingpin Crown

You’ll need:

A bunch of friends to dine, bowl and party with.

The cost:

With its $10,000 minimum spend, Pins Royale isn’t for everyone. The food package is $125 per head, which means you’ll need 80 friends to make up the minimum spend to hire the space.

We recommend:

If you have a smaller group, the remaining minimum spend can be placed behind the bar. For $500, you can also hire a DJ for three hours, which also counts towards your spend.

 

 

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