After the birth of her first child in 2001, Baby Boot Camp’s founder and certified trainer and spin and Pilates instructor Kristen Horler wanted a postnatal fitness program that didn't require her to leave her baby at the door. Her solution was to start a suit of programs just for new and expecting parents where mothers could bond with their infants while soaking up the support and camaraderie of their peers. During Strollfit sessions, certified trainers and Radio Flyers equipped with outboard motors lead ladies through innovative routines that incorporate baby-filled strollers into yoga, cardio, and strength training. For long-term fitness, coaches encourage aspiring runners to break through the tape during the 5K training program, and Kristen's own Nutrition Solutions teaches the benefits of healthy-eating habits during a four-week program designed by registered dieticians.
Players plugs gamers into a cavalcade of entertaining diversions while fueling competitive spirits with eats and drinks from a menu of pub mainstays. Satisfy pin-busting urges by bowling on one of 12 sleek lanes ($2–$4.75/game per person; $2.50/shoe rental). Each lane sports a massive flat-screen hovering above pins, helping bowlers catch the game while dominating their own opponents. Decamp to Players’ billiards lounge for lessons on trick shots, geometry, or the mating habits of eight-balls staged atop one of the contemporary pool tables ($8–$10/hr.). Players' bar and dining area basks under warm amber lights punctuated by the blue glow of 25 sports-affixed TV screens. Gab with old colleagues about advancements in office pranks over frothy brews (bottle $3.25–$4; draft $3.50–$4.50), goblets of vino ($5+), or one of 10 burgers ($8.99–$10.99). The under-21 set stays occupied in the 8 Ball Lounge, a youth-friendly hideaway packed with shuffleboard tables and sleek seating.
You’ve got 25 flat-screen TVs, all of which are tapped into the requisite sports packages to ensure you don’t miss a single play. You’ve also got slow-smoked barbecue made with the Pit Stop’s own signature dry rubs and housemade sauces. Order a microbrew to go along with a platter of smoky meat, and you’ve got four quarters, three periods, or two halves of tasty bliss.
The recently renovated Hollywood Bowl, enchants guests with polished corridors and automated scorekeeping. On Thursday–Saturday nights starting at 9:30 p.m., both locations activate their black lights and ample supply of firefly essence for cosmic bowling, when rollers negotiate tricky splits in a kaleidoscopic environment. At Hollywood Bowl, guests can enjoy burgers and beers at Club Hollywood Sports Bar in the glow of 14 47-inch TVs. Both locations also boast their own arcade room, where players can compete in classic games such as Frogger, skee-ball, and seeing who can carve a marble bust of a Roman emperor the fastest.
Both The Cheerful Tortoise menu and The Cheerful Bullpen menu brim with classic bar fare, which is served in sports-centric, wood-paneled eateries owned by the same athletics-loving mastermind. Prices vary between locations, but the menus both teem with sandwiches, pizza, appetizers, and more than 15 flavors of wings. Stomachs sick of waiting in line for the pool tables or karaoke can feast on spinach and artichoke dip ($6.49–$6.99), or dive right into the spicy ancho-chipotle burger ($7.49–$7.99). Amber beer-battered fish and chips inspire diners at both restaurants to affect a cockney accent ($9.49 small; $10.99 large). A plethora of pizzas, such as the spicy thai chicken pizza ($8.29–8.99), dot the bars' gastronomic landscapes, along with breakfast items that, like dance battles at high schools, are served all day long. Customers can also sit on the spacious patio and sip suds from a rotating roster of draft beers including brews from New Belgium, 21st Amendment, and Deschutes.
• For $10, you get $20 worth of upscale pub fare and drinks. • For $20, you get a bottle of wine (choose from Gnarly Head Old Vine red zinfandel, Oak Knoll pinot noir, 337 cabernet, Maryhill chardonnay, Ecco Domani pinot grigio, or Blue Nun riesling), plus a fruit-and-cheese plate (up to a $43.50 value).