Located down the street from Target Field, Darby's Pub & Grill opens its doors for the community to celebrate or commiserate after a nail-biter ballgame or rousing bout of gladiatorial combat. Diners can do so out on the open-air patio, which flows with draft beer and the aromas of toasted deli sandwiches, as well as hearty third-pound burgers crowned with zesty toppings such as blue cheese, pesto mayo, and bacon.
Named as an homage to one of the four historic theaters that once operated near what is now City Center, the New Century Theatre carries on the best of the stage. Whereas the original venue—which burned down in 1964—seated 2,000 and focused on vaudeville, the modern-day jewel creates an intimate space for theatrical performances with seating for 300. Since 2011, it has hosted local and touring performers as well as educational initiatives such as the Broadway Confidential series and an acting demonstration on how to cry your way out of a parking ticket.
A sheet of corrugated metal adorned with neon letters and a row of piano keys greets guests entering The Shout House Rock ‘N Roll Dueling Pianos, but what lies within isn’t simply a bar: it’s a battleground. While bartenders pour drinks at rapid speeds—up to 662 shots in two minutes—a pair of performers wage musical war with grand pianos on a mirrored stage. When they’re not pounding out classic rock-‘n’-roll hits from the 1950s to the present, they engage the audience, cracking jokes, taking requests, and explaining the latent causes of Lisztomania. They also work in multiple teams to keep the music going all night long, giving guests plenty of time to sip their drinks and dine on menu items such as burgers and pizza. In addition to these tuneful nightly skirmishes, The Shout House also hosts weekly events such as ‘80s Night, Worker's Comp Night, and Birthday Tuesdays.
If only children were easily amused, they’d find graduate lectures about modified Newtonian dynamics more enthralling than the adhesive properties of cheese and macaroni upon collision with a ceiling. Luckily, today's Groupon to the Children’s Theatre Company exceeds even their lofty entertainment standards. For up to 51% off the ticket price, kids, adults, and everyone in between can score a ticket to Iron Ring, a gripping Indian epic of daring adventure. Use this Groupon to pick up your tickets during regular box-office hours (10 a.m.–5 p.m. Monday through Friday, 9 a.m.–2 p.m. Saturday, noon–5 p.m. Sunday) or from the will-call booth on the day of your performance.
Multi-Grammy-winning songwriters David Hidalgo and Louie Pérez take a reprieve from fronting the iconic East L.A. rock group Los Lobos for “Stories and Songs,” an intimate acoustic retrospective of 40 years of music. Friends and songwriting partners since high school, where they stole Simon and Garfunkel’s prom dates, Hidalgo and Pérez dip their skilled hands into every instrument and genre, seamlessly blending Americana roots rock, R & B, and traditional Spanish music into their massive songbook. In support of The Long Goodbye, an independent collection of rare and unreleased works, the Dos Lobos strip their catalog down to its birthday suit in an unvarnished performance full of whimsy, origin stories, and honeycomb harmonies. Starting the show, fellow troubadours David Greenberger and Paul Cebar charm with smoky tales of Midwestern living, apple blossoms, and runaway cheese wheels.
When you walk into Kitty Cat Klub, you might feel like you're on the set of a modern remake of a Vincent Price movie. Candelabra-style chandeliers and colored spotlights illuminate gilded mirrors and huge tropical trees that look like they were imported straight from the Copacabana. During the day, college students sit on vintage-looking, mismatched velvet furniture with laptops open, trying desperately to classify the various plant species. After the sun goes down, live music or DJ-spun tunes resounds through the cozy den's exposed-brick walls.
To complement more than 20 types of beer or a glass of wine, housemade chili and chicken noodle soup warm insides, and burgers and sandwiches zip down from Annie's Parlor upstairs. Diners can also opt to sit on the outdoor patio, which is either warmed by the sun or a resident heat lamp.