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Disco Melbourne

Thursday, July 25, 2002
The beat is alive and well in Melbourne, so let the groove take over and bowl the night away!

Disco and mirrorballs and disco bowling are alive and rebirthed in Melbourne, the trend-setting city of Australia's south. Not only that, it is a city in which you can do your washing and turn it into an agreeable social event.

The Crown Casino's Kingpin has eight bowling lanes, pool tables and a lounge with televisions. Maybe knocking down the pins isn't taken as seriously as some of the games at bigger alleys, but there is a lot of fun to be had here.

When the lights go down, four mirror balls over the lanes and four moving lights go to work. Ultraviolet lights make the balls and pins glow, and while this is usually a night-time fun thing, if requested they will turn it all on during the day.

Through the glass walls at the back of the bowling lanes you can see Galactic Circus, Australia's largest indoor theme park. Like Kingpin, it is open 24 hours a day and has the latest video games, interactive games and simulators and side-show attractions with spruikers.

Roller City at Bayswater has produced some of Australia's top skaters. The resurgence in skating has even surprised the owners of Roller City and they give lessons to tiny tots to those further up the age ladder. Ozskate Disco Team competes regularly and they have their own in-line skating hockey league, as well as other community events. For glow skate sessions, skaters wear white, special lights are turned on and the effect is great fun.

Why go to a laundromat when you have a perfectly functioning laundry at home? Well, when you can go to Bubbles Laundry Bar, which is fully licensed, has great music, sometimes with a DJ, and a cafe serving snacks and coffee, that's why!

The ground floor has eight washing machines, six dryers, a dry cleaning agency, lots of graffiti and a laundry-inspired art theme. Upstairs has been painted in pastel stripes with white seating and tables. The idea is to put your washing on downstairs and socialise upstairs. It certainly beats watching the timer click around on the washer ...


Melbourne, the fun capital of Victoria.


Kingpin Bowling costs from $9 a game.
Roller City Bayswater entry is $5.50 and lessons start at $6.50.
Bubbles Laundry Bar entry is free.
Please note prices are valid at time of transmission and to the best of our knowledge are inclusive of GST.

More information

Kin Pin Bowling
Crown Complex, 8 Whiteman Street
Ph: (03) 9292 7009
Roller City Bayswater
37 Scoresby Road
Ph: (03) 9720 5980
Fax: (03) 9720 3808
Bubbles Laundry Bar
Shop 3, 250 Flinders Street
Ph: (03) 9639 9911

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