Clubs in California

Improv or Sketch Comedy for Two or Four on Friday and Saturday Nights at Finest City Improv (Up to 45% Off)

Finest City Improv

San Diego

In its new home attached to the Lafayette Hotel, this comedy theater hosts everything from riffs on classic films to improvised musicals

$20 $12

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Michael Yo's Hot Mess Comedy for Two on Friday, October 3, or Saturday, October 4 (Up to 58% Off)

Michael Yo's Hot Mess Comedy

San Jose Improv

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Chelsea Lately regular waxes humorous about his multicultural background, dating, and the funny things his parents say

$48 $20

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Iliza Shlesinger at Cobb's Comedy Club on October 17–19 (Up to 57% Off)

Iliza Shlesinger

Cobb's Comedy Club

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The host of Excused and the first female winner of Last Comic Standing performs a standup set

$22.50 $10

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Standup Comedy at Sacramento Punch Line (Up to 76% Off)

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Sacramento Punch Line

Nationally touring comedians headline Thursdays, Fridays, and Sundays, including Steve Byrne, Shaun Latham and Fortune Feimster

$74 $18

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"Funny Fun" Standup for Two or Four at Club 21 Through February 28, 2015 (Up to 55% Off)

"Funny Fun"

Club 21

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Comedian Dan Mires fills Thursday nights with headlining standups including David Gborie, Ngaio Bealum, and Kirk McHenry

$20 $10

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Larry The Cable Guy at Fox Performing Arts Center on October 5 at 6 p.m. or 9 p.m. (Up to 50% Off)

Larry the Cable Guy

Fox Performing Arts Center

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No-nonsense comedian from TV and film espouses his “Git-R-Done” philosophy

$47 $23.50

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Improv Comedy for Two at Made Up Theatre (Up to 57% Off)

Made Up Theatre

Grimmer

Alternating teams perform long- and short-form improv fueled by audience suggestions

$28 $12

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Standup Show and Appetizer Platter for Four, Plus 4 Tickets to a Future Show at Ha Ha Café Comedy Club (Up to 87% Off)

Ha Ha Café Comedy Club

Valley Village

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Showcases held seven days a week feature headlining comics from around the world, high-energy hosts, and surprise celebrity visits

$191.90 $25

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Squeaky Clean Comedy at Ontario Improv Comedy Club on Saturday, October 11, at 2 p.m. (Up to 50% Off)

Squeaky Clean Comedy

Squeaky Clean Comedy

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Comedians avoid vulgar and offensive language at a standup-comedy show suitable for guests 16 and older

$20 $10

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Standup Comedy at Rooster T. Feathers Comedy Club (Up to 72% Off)

Rooster T. Feathers Comedy Club

Rooster T. Feathers Comedy Club

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Comedians seen on late-night talk shows, network sitcoms, and “Last Comic Standing” take the stage

$44 $15

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Standup for Two with Nachos and Tickets to a Future Show at The Ice House (Up to 79% Off)

The Ice House

West Central

Club carries on a 50-year tradition of hilarity that has included Robin Williams, George Lopez, and Jerry Seinfeld

$94.50 $20

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Standup Comedy at Flappers Comedy Club (Up to 57% Off)

Flappers Comedy Club

Multiple Locations

Comedy club features sets from nationally touring standups seen on television

$58 $25

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Laugh Out Loud Comedy Nights with Jason Love at Paseo Camarillo Regency on October 15–December 17 (Up to 47% Off)

Laugh Out Loud Comedy Nights with Jason Love

Paseo Camarillo Regency

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Jason Love, alongside some of Hollywood's hottest stand-up comedians, shares skills that got him on Comedy Central and "Last Comic Standing"

$15 $8

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Funniest Housewives of Orange County for One or Four at The Coach House on Saturday, November 1 (Up to 60% Off)

Funniest Housewives of Orange County

The Coach House

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Lauded troupe of standup comedians concocts characters that skewer stereotypes and reality-show tropes

$25 $12.50

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Stand Up! for Main Street Featuring Kevin Nealon & More on October 19 at 6:30 p.m. (Up to 51% Off)

Stand Up! For Main Street feat. Kevin Nealon & More

Writers Guild Theater

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A lineup of all-stars, including Kevin Nealon, Carol Leifer, Cathy Ladman, and Suli McCullough, bring laughs to a benefit for Public Citizen

$100 $49

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$10 for Two to See SF Comedy Showcase at Punch Line San Francisco(Up to $25 Value)

SF Comedy Showcase

Punch Line San Francisco

Sunday show running for more than 30 years brings together lineups of local up-and-comers

$25 $10

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Though all the food at Nola's is modeled after the Cajun and Creole cuisine of the Big Easy, the restaurant?s housemade ingredients give it a personalized spin. Chefs toss fried wings in a special tangy hot sauce, serve popcorn shrimp with a signature honey-chipotle sauce, coat 10-ounce catfish fillets with a special blend of seasonings, and cook fried chicken for 20 minutes.

When it comes to classic dishes such as jambalaya, the cooks approach from various angles, adding shirmp and crab claws to create a seafood version. For vegetarians, they've come up with a version that uses tofu sausage and fresh veggies. Rounding out the jambalaya variations, there is also a breakfast jambalaya souffl?, for those who love breakfast at all hours of the day. For lunch, they specialize in shrimp, oyster, and catfish po' boys, which are drenched in a cornmeal-and-flour batter, fried, and served with housemade roasted-garlic tartar sauce.

To complement feasts, bartenders whip up specialty cocktails, including a tequila-and-watermelon-juice blend called the Witch Doctor, inspired by the witch doctor that lives on the roof. Beneath the chandeliers and wooden beams of the rustic dining room, meals unfold as live musicians serenade diners with the sounds of New Orleans?style blues and jazz.

734 E 3rd St
Los Angeles,
CA
US

The bottle service and decadent cuisine attract their own legions of fans, but U-31 Bar is perhaps best known for its dance floor. That's where DJs and bands catalyze all-night parties practically every single night of the week. From Rad Karaoke Tuesdays, to live sets from the likes of The Disco Villains and Audrey Napoleon, U-31's agenda book is almost always full. This affords party lovers ample opportunities to meet, mingle, show off their new club duds, and acclimate the horses they ride everywhere to the presence of strobe lights. While nocturnal revelry is U-31's specialty, many visit for the grub, such as burgers, steak fajita nachos, and deep-fried pizza. Yes, deep-fried pizza?the slice, already topped with bacon and extra-sharp Monterey, is battered and fried to order.

3112 University Ave.
San Diego,
CA
US

Rosie McCann's specializes in twists on traditional Irish fare, tweaking classic Celtic dishes and drinks in a traditional pub setting. The menu showcases plates of irish nachos, sliced spuds slathered in jack and cheddar cheeses, olives, fresh salsa, guacamole, sour cream, and jalape?os. The Americanized version of shepherd's pie simmers grass-fed Humboldt beef and vegetables in a rich irish stock before adding a helmet of mashed potatoes au gratin. Heftier appetites can get satisfaction with bangers & mash, a Celtic take on the English classic, that douses irish sausages and garlic mashed potatoes in Guinness gravy. 10 premium imports or 4 microbrews stand ready on tap, and malt mixologists also pour specialty beer drinks such as the Black Velvet, a whistle-whetting blend of Blackthorn hard apple cider and Guinness.

The dining room echoes the colors of the Irish flag, with burnt-red walls and bright-green stained-glass windows. Guests can cozy up in plush booth seats bedecked in plaid and gaze at glass chandeliers that hang from the ceilings as they sip on mimosas or savor lunch and brunch fare.

355 Santana Row
San Jose,
CA
US

Pisco Latin Lounge: A User's Guide

Peruvian Small Plates | Classic Pisco Punch | Extensive Wine List | Gluten-Free Menu

Sample Menu

  • Ceviche a la peruana with hamachi and sweet-potato chips
  • Quinoa risotto balls with romesco salsa
  • Parrillada platter with churrasco, lamb lollipops, and pork belly
  • Pisco Punch with pineapple gomme and macerated pineapple

The Name: Pisco is a Peruvian grape brandy, popularized in San Francisco for its use in sweet punches.

The Chef: James Schenk’s mother is originally from Peru, and he draws on that culture to create menus at Pisco Latin Lounge and Destino, the larger restaurant next door.

Awards and Accolades

  • The nation’s first dedicated pisco bar, according to Examiner.com
  • Praised by Zagat for its “strong, innovative cocktails”
  • Named one of the Top 10 Lounge Restaurants in the city by Gayot

Vocab Lesson
Churrascaria: Brazilian-style barbecuing where the meat is skewered and cooked over an open flame or on a grill; the meat itself is called churrasco.
Gomme syrup: a simple-syrup-like mixture of sugar, water, and gum arabic, commonly used as a sweetener in mixed drinks.

While You're in the Neighborhood
Before: Browse mid-century furnishings, collectibles, and apparel at Stuff (150 Valencia Street).

After: Belt out tunes at The Mint karaoke lounge (1942 Market Street).

1817 Market St
San Francisco,
CA
US

Hershey Theatre

The Hershey Theatre, conceived in 1933 by noted philanthropist and chocolatier Milton S. Hershey, stands as an opulent tribute to the performing arts. Taking architectural cues from Saint Mark’s Basilica in Venice, the foyer’s towering arches gleam with golden paint and crystal chandeliers. The blue-and-gold mosaic that leads to the main seating area is the masterwork of two German artists who spent two years on its construction. Once inside the theater, audiences might think they’ve stepped onto the streets of Venice thanks to the atmospheric ceiling, stonework facades, and gondoliers paddling them to their seats. ####Bethel Woods Center for the Arts Music has permeated the 800 manicured acres where the Bethel Woods Center for the Arts has stood since 1969, when farmer Max Yasgur agreed to let love, peace, and harmony grow wild at the very first Woodstock festival. These days, the renowned outdoor venue and cultural center continues to attract the biggest acts in music to its pavilion stage. The open-air design ensures ample ventilation on the natural sloping lawn, and a roof protects up to 15,000 fans from inclement weather and the prying eyes of Cessna pilots.

2771 E Shaw Ave
Fresno,
CA
US

Choosing a seat is the first step at 3 Fires Lounge. The jet-black bar stools give patrons the best views of the room's 52-inch, high-definition televisions. The high-top tables line a window that gazes directly out onto Capitol Park. Additionally, the space features oversized couches that invite guests to sink into their helium-filled cushions. All three of these options are available within the trendy, lounge, which was recently remodeled to have a more colorful atmosphere with more seating, beers on draught, and comfortable new patio furniture. CBS Sacramento praised the space's casual vibe and low-key ambiance, placing 3 Fires Lounge on its list of the Best Hotel Bars in Sacramento.

Although glasses of wine, pints of beer, and rounds of cocktails are all readily available for patrons hoping to relax with a drink in hand, 3 Fires Lounge also tempts diners with a menu of hearty international cooking. While the chefs incorporate recipes from across the globe, their main source of inspiration is the bounty of seasonal, locally sourced produce that is so readily available. Using these Californian ingredients, the team creates hummus with vegetables and baked pita chips, crab cake sandwiches served on sourdough bread with melted white cheddar, and grilled flatbreads topped with everything from caramelized onions, mushrooms, and goat cheese to pulled pork and honey-chipotle barbecue sauce.

1501 L St
Sacramento,
CA
US