PHOTOS: Tour The Fancy Bowling Alley Hidden Inside Port Authority Bus Terminal

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Tucked away inside the confines of Port Authority Bus Terminal, there’s a party going on. Mood lighting, European beer towers and dancing poles, abound at Frames, the high-end bowling alley formerly called Leisure Time Bowl.

The spot itself isn’t new, but it was relatively unknown since it was only accessible from inside the commuter hub.

But $20 million in renovations later, including a new entrance on 40th and 9th Avenue, Frames has become a popular destination for the likes of Alec Baldwin, Tina Fey, Cynthia Nixon and young professionals from JP Morgan.

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“We’re for the young professional who is looking for many things to do under one roof,” said Ayman Kamel, the executive general manager at Frames. “Why go bowling then to a night club after? We provide both.”

You have to be 21 to enter after 6 p.m. and dress to impress because there’s a dress code. That’s right—you’ll be turned away from the door at this bus stop bowling alley if your outfit isn’t up to par.

The 35,000 square foot venue has 28 total lanes (two are in a private VIP room) and costs $15,000 an hour to rent the entire venue out for parties.

Want bottle service? That’s available too.

“We’re about the whole experience,” said Kamel. “Everyone can provide a luxurious venue, but we can about the details and the ambiance. We sell the fun.”

There’s several packages that cater to what you want to do at Frames. They cost anywhere from $30 to $80 per person.

Frames starts to get busy around 3.30 p.m. just in time for happy hour, which runs until 7. But plenty of people stay through the night to keep bowling and partying.

After bowling, dance in the night club area or grab a bite to eat in the dinning room that sits 120. All of the food is made from scratch on premise by executive chef Mario Arnero, formerly of Eatery and Whym restaurants.

We were seriously impressed by the menu, which features roasted vegetable sliders, blue corn grilled chicken nachos, and truffled pecorino mac and cheese, among other options.

“We offer amazing comfort food that is still fine dining while you’re able to sit back and relax while enjoying a game,” Kamel said.

Finally, the bowling alley is accessible to people who don't walk through Port Authority every day.

This advertisement makes us want to spent MORE time at Port Authority--how odd.

Once you're inside, there might be a two-hour wait if you don't make a reservation first.

Getting your bowling shoes is self-service, so no wait!

Just make sure to put your shoes back--or else.

Leather couches make it easy to relax and socialize.

This does not look like your local bowling alley.

Chill out on these stools while you keep score.

Even the bowling balls look shiny and new.

The island bar serves patrons who need a break from bowling.

These are the beer towers that hold four gallons of beer. It's $59 for domestic and $69 for imported beer.

A large booth where people can sit and watch others play while waiting for a lane.

The main area of Frames has a bar, several couches and 26 bowling lanes.

There's also an arcade! It is only open on weekends when families come to Frames.

Off the main room is the dance lounge. Frames has it's own DJ to provide music throughout the night.

Yup, that's a stripper pole.

The view through the curtains reminds you that you're still at a bowling alley.

These are the two lanes in the VIP room, which you can rent for $7 extra per person on top of the existing packages.

There's a private stripper pole in the VIP room.

Not a bad place to spend an evening.

The happy hour bar has tons of screens for sporting events.

The dining room seats 120, but when we checked it out on a recent morning it was empty.

Here's Executive Manger Ayman Kamel and Executive Chef Mario Arnero

The food here are the Barbecued Long Island Duck Empanadas.

Kamel said Frames wanted nothing on the menu to look intimidating and for everything to be approachable. These are the blue corn grilled chicken nachos.

For the vegetarians, there are the roasted vegetable sliders.

The shrimp tacos are Kamel's favourite dish.

And the the spinach dip with vegetables and naan--delicious.

This Blondie stack dessert is the perfect way to celebrate a high score.

Say goodbye to Frames through the Port Authority entrance and catch a bus back to NJ (or the subway, if you're sticking around NYC).

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