As ceiling fans whir and beer signs cast a neon glow inside Rickochet Billiards, pool balls clack against each other and head-nodding beats keep the atmosphere upbeat seven nights a week. Stick-wielding customers face off at one of many pool tables, or grasp controllers to play video games on big-screen TVs. Bartenders at the full-service bar dispense draft beers and cocktails, accompanied by menu items including cheese sticks, pizza, wings, and onion rings. Daily specials include 8-ball tournaments, cue stick and case raffles, and showdowns to determine who can hold the most pool balls in their mouth.
Who's Who boasts a menu of signature cocktails and a sweeping selection of more than 25 spirits. The Above the Line lounge, tucked cozily behind a retail area offering wine and cigars, beckons to oenophiles and martiniphiles alike with leather couches, soft lighting, and slender pub tables on which patrons can sophisticatedly fill in their coloring books. While enjoying live music, creatures of the night can suck down a Vampire's Kiss ($10), a seductive combination of Absolut vodka, Chambord, lemon juice, and champagne. Technologically inclined tipplers can feast their eyes on two large flat-screen TVs while feasting their faces on the iMartini ($8), which finds Svedka Clementine, white-grape juice, sour, and confectionary pearls. Fine vodkas, whiskeys, and other spirits line the walls, awaiting their fates in neat tumblers or in watering cans to sprinkle on party-loving houseplants.
For 65 years, the artistic staff at Baton Rouge Little Theater has enriched the local community with theatrical opportunities and brought the work of great playwrights to a subscriber base that extends across the country. Their performance of It Runs in the Family festoons the Main Stage Theatre with Ray Cooney's farce about the misfortunes of the ambitious Dr. David Mortimer on his way to deliver a lecture that could make his career. En route to his goal, Mortimer must face a paternity suit, a disgruntled ex-wife, an absurd assortment of hospital denizens, and the prospect that British audiences will refuse to call him doctor without a PhD. London's Sunday Express said the play "tickles the funny bones quite shamelessly," though it displays enough decorum to earn BRLT's PG rating.
Since 2003, Charlie Brown's Family Sports Grill & Bar has paired an extensive menu of grilled sandwiches, steaks, and seafood with a feast for the eyes made up of 25 large flatscreen televisions. The restaurant's buffalo chicken wings come with or without bones, just like the majestic buffalo chickens of yesteryear, and its charbroiled and grilled burgers are piled with enough delicious bacon, cheese, and sautéed mushrooms to distract children from the kids' arcade for a while. Dishes such as fried soft-shell crab and shrimp alfredo offer a seafood angle to the entree list, which also documents chicken-fried steak and 14-ounce rib eyes served, and 8-ounce filets served with with veggies and mashed potatoes. To help guests to wash down hearty meals and salute the local sports memorabilia draped on the walls, the bartenders have composed a long list of beers, specialty drinks, and wines.