Florida Comedy Club releases trapped guffaws with weekly shows featuring veteran comics and newbie-friendly open mics. Upcoming laughmeisters include Tom Segura, a veteran of late-night TV, Comedy Central, and a slew of international comedy festivals who chucks chuckles on October 27 to benefit breast-cancer research. After each show, the club invites performers of all stripes to regale audiences with standup, music, and poetry. The Playwright Irish Pub ensconces guests in Celtic elegance, with drink specials and a full menu to restore energy burned while riotously laughing or performing between-set medicine-ball tosses.
Ps23’s stylists and makeup techs customize their signature hairstyles and makeup looks to each client’s desires, treating tresses with products from brands such as Moroccanoil, Pravana, and KeraCare. Aestheticians employ Medusa cosmetics and cuts come with soothing scalp massages. They specialize in color, extensions, and relaxers, and also expertly apply skin-nourishing facials as well as wax during hair-removal treatments.
Pool sharks and bar flies can play out their own personal film noir against the slinky backdrop of Lucky Pocket Billiards. Figures around Russian-imported pool tables chalk their cues while their companions send colorful balls whizzing across the felt to clack into pockets. Against the other wall, the sound of bubbly chatter rises up from groups seated on black-leather couches. Over the bar, Christmas lights twinkle, sending kaleidoscopic colors glinting off pints of Samuel Adams, Budweiser, and AmberBock. A television mounted on the wall broadcasts sporting events or the latest report on the theft of a famous ornithological statue.
Voted "Best Bar" in 2011 by the New Times, Whiskey Tango All American Bar & Grill whets appetites with an eclectic menu of dishes inspired by America's culinary topography. Chef Elliott’s spaghetti sandwich gives dizzy forks a whirling respite with its buttery loaf of toasted garlic bread stuffed with juicy chicken, mozzarella, tomato sauce, and cascading ringlets of spaghetti ($8.95). Pursed lips can slurp spoonfuls of Georgia sweet vidalia onion soup, crowded with caramelized slivers of vidalia petals and capped with melted cheddar cheese ($5.95) before bare teeth shred tender morsels off a main course of St. Louis–style ribs ($13.95 for a half rack; $16.95 for a full rack). Like eating steak with chopsticks, the San Diego tuna nachos synthesize distinct food identities by topping fried wanton chips with slices of sushi-grade tuna cooked rare, seaweed salad, and pickled ginger ($13.95).
Amidst the dramatic lighting and rich tones of its chic interior, Aizia slays cravings with a menu heavy on traditional Asian tastes and updated with stylish presentations. Stuff your tongue cage with sushi rolls, sashimi, and one of an eclectic assortment of entrees, then stick around after dinner as the restaurant morphs (beginning at 11 p.m.) into a high-energy nightclub, allowing guests to wag their tails to the music or wag their heads to impassioned arguments over whether Genghis Khan was a righty or lefty. A multifaceted Sunday brunch ($39, or $19 for kids) helps clear away mounting workweek flashbacks with dim sum, a tandoori grill station, bottomless mimosas, and live music.