Bowlers lounge at the end of 22 glossy lanes that stretch across the floor at All Star Lanes. Each lane tracks their games with the automatic scorers, meaning players can leave their abaci at home. Post-frame, bowlers can head to the lounge for drinks and snacks while watching games displayed on nine televisions. Those seeking sit-down sustenance relax in the on-site restaurant, which serves hearty American, Chinese, and Mexican dishes. All Star Lanes was also recently featured in Pharrell Williams' music video for "Happy", a 24-hour music video in which he dances through the bowling alley at 11 p.m.
The fact that it has karaoke and flat screens doesn’t diminish the authenticity of The Ould Sod, a Normal Heights Irish drinking institution carrying the name since 1989. Channeling the Emerald Isles, the neighborhood icon salutes towns from Dublin to Tipperary with flagship taps by Guinness, Harp, Smithwick’s and Magners. It also nods to its U.S.A. craft beer turf with Ballast Point, Green Flash and Dogfish Head, while Irish whiskey flows for those preferring stronger spirits. Proprietors Tommy Quinn, Ron Stout and Mick Ward make certain that this isn’t merely a place where people go to drink, however; the pub oozes friendly Irish hospitality that draws regulars and newcomers to belly up to the bar, grab a stool and order a libation. While there’s no kitchen, patrons can quaff a pint with edibles from adjacent Heights Tavern and Country Kabob.
Asian and American karaoke styles join forces at Pandora Karaoke & Bar, whose moodily lit space hosts both an open stage for crowd-friendly crooners and 15 private rooms for groups. In either setting, singers scroll through Super Master touch-screen karaoke systems to choose from more than 100,000 songs in languages including English, Mandarin Chinese, and Frank Sinatra’s native pig Latin. Wireless microphones then capture crooning voices as lyrics scroll across 50-inch plasma TVs, serenading spectators as they munch sushi and Asian-fusion fare from the menu. Inside private rooms, colorful cushioned banquettes host groups of up to 40 harmonizers beneath themed decorations such as brewery logos or a rebus representing the complete lyrics to “Eye of the Tiger.”
Two years running, the people of Fresno have spoken: The Standard Restaurant and Lounge is the place to eat. Twice honored with the People's Choice Award from the Fresno Bee, the kitchen's inventive, beautiful, and relatable new-American fare keeps its diners coming back for more. Across the lounge, soft leather seats cradle visitors clinking glasses from the full wine list or snacking on appetizers, while the outdoor cabana accommodates al-fresco dining during warmer weather. Doubling as a destination for nightlife, The Standard also offers VIP bottle service and a private dining room.
From its origins in the 1860s as a house of ill repute to its time as a legally dubious watering hole during prohibition, River City Saloon has deep roots in the seedy history of American nightlife. Today however, the saloon blends an old-timey aesthetic with more family-friendly fare. Kids can saunter up to the bar?a vintage 1905 triple-arch Brunswick?and order a glass of old west sarsaparilla, brewed locally at River City Brewing Company. Peanuts are also available, and visitors are welcome to throw the shells on the floor, in homage to the days when saloons had dirt floors and rampant elephant infestations.
The saloon's pub food is cooked with a hot-air fryer, a grease-free alternative to a deep fryer, and its hoagie sandwiches are served alongside chips and pickle spears. On the weekends, karaoke and music videos make old-west cowboys thankful that Bieber fever has a much lower casualty rate than yellow fever once did.
Driving by Linbrook Bowl might inspire a double take. Not because of their classic and colorful neon signage, but because of what it advertises: the alley is open 24 hours a day. This means people can pummel pins or dance around like Fred Flintstone no matter what time it is. In addition to 40 lanes, Linbrook Bowl is equipped with an onsite coffeeshop that helps fuel players all day and night. Bowlers can also grab a drink or bite to eat at The Kopa Room, while watching a sports game on TV or listening to amateur crooners charm the crowd with karaoke.