The Wooden Nickel Sports Bar & Grill could easily throw out the tables and chairs, burn the menus, and close down the bar—even then, people would have plenty to do and see. While diners feast on burgers, they bask in the glow of televisions broadcasting sports from ESPN GamePlan, NFL Sunday Ticket, and Fox Sports Network. Trivia competitions bring friendly rivalries into the eatery on weeknights, where players can match minds to win free drinks and bragging rights at the next Mensa track meet. The kitchen's pub grub mixes well with draft and bottled beers, which wait in the wings to swoop in and extinguish thirst pangs or rinse burger residue from hands.
Originally opened in 1927, the Genesee Theatre slowly deteriorated over the course of the century until its closing in 1989. But starting in 2001, a $23 million cash infusion from the city allowed 120 volunteers to restore the theater to its Gilded Age splendor. Its elegant trappings include authentic wall fabrics, an exact replica of the original marquee, and a 2,200-pound chandelier that gently spotlights the grand lobby and every audience member passing underneath to show how everyone is a star if you really think about it.
The scene at Deja Vu Martini Lounge is wild and fierce, blurring the lines between speakeasy, jazz club, and upscale lounge. More than 125 varieties of martinis—including specialties such as the seasonal pumpkin-spice martini—enhance the experience at this nighttime hot spot, alongside other inebriants such as wine and beer. Live music permeates the airwaves, and recorded hits from crooners such as Frank Sinatra and Marvin Gaye blend with classic decor to pay homage to yesteryear.
For more than 30 years, the dedicated instructors at Valley Social Dance Studio have shared their joy of ballroom dancing with students of all experience levels. These certified teachers make it fun by making it easy, leading group and private lessons at a slow pace while making sure that everybody remains engaged.
Third Street Diner is the place to start your morning with dinner and finish the evening with breakfast. Here, breakfast, lunch, and dinner are available all day. Classic breakfasts such as buttermilk pancakes with eggs, bacon, and coffee are popular picks, along with homestyle dinners of meatloaf, mashed potatoes, and gravy. Pies, muffins, and other desserts are made fresh daily.
Films still gasping for air from their first runs stop by to grace the screens of Fox Cinema Cafe, a second-run theater with weekend matinees and evening shows. Like a deep-fried VHS of Citizen Kane, the theater combines the best aspects of food and film with servers who deliver handmade pizzas, popcorn, snacks, and sandwiches to patrons’ tables as they watch their movie. Private rooms host birthday parties and corporate gatherings where guests can spread out to play games, unwrap presents, and reenact climactic speed-reading battles from their favorite films.