The owners of 38 Degrees aren't strangers to pressure: they opened their alehouse and grill just in time to participate in the 2009 Los Angeles Beer Week. Since that hurried opening, they've had the chance to take their time curating the restaurant's rotating list of 38 domestic and international draft and cask beers. Owner Clay Harding tries out at least 25 new brews each week for possible introduction into that list, always striving to represent a range of styles from brewers such as Epic Brewing Company, Full Sail Brewing, and Ballast Point Brewing Company. Chefs complement this draft roster with a menu of gourmet pub dishes inspired by several ethnic cuisines and a week spent spying on a UN ambassador. In the kitchen, they assemble calabaza and Korean short-rib tacos, curry-seasoned salmon cakes, duck burgers, and pork schnitzel.
In 2004, four friends who happened to be bowling aficionados lamented the absence of a nearby bowling center. Rather than complain, petition, or stage a protest that involved a cosmic-bowl laser show on the mayor's front yard at 3 a.m., they simply opened their own. Thus Action Lanes was born out of need, but its 32 lanes transcend necessity and border on luxury. To wit, players keep track of each roll on animated scoreboards while jamming to the beat of tunes playing on the sound system. This modern bowling center features all the amenities?a pro shop for gear, a snack bar for eats, and a sports bar to celebrate a win or lament a loss with a drink and a toast. Action Lanes also houses an arcade and separate rooms that can accommodate parties and events.
Bowling isn’t just a hobby at 300 New York—it’s a vibrant social experience worthy of luxurious flourishes. That’s why cushioned lounge seats flank each of the 32 mood-lit lanes in the main concourse area. Each of these lanes faces a large screen that flashes music videos and tutorials on how to remove stuck fingers from bowling balls. Up in The Loft, bowlers can lounge and take in views of the concourse while sipping cocktails from the full-service bar. A dedicated wait staff connects them to offerings from the onsite bar and restaurant—an eatery known for serving dishes from executive chef Chad Bowser’s menu. Some of Chad’s creations include two-bite chicken or beef sliders and hand-battered fried calamari that can be paired with anything from beer to specialty martinis.
For more than 50 side-splitting years, The Ice House?s stage has been propping up comedy heavyweights and future legends by the likes of Robin Williams, Lily Tomlin, George Carlin, George Lopez, and Jerry Seinfeld. Each week, the club continues its tradition of inverting frowns with an ever-growing lineup of up-and-coming jokesters, as well as occasional drop-ins by stars that have included Rob Schneider, Tom Green, and Nick Cannon. No seat within the intimate club is further than seven rows from the stage or 30 feet from the inflatable slides that serve as emergency exits.
Situated in the basement of the Union Savings Bank Building, the oldest standing building in Old Town Pasadena, Old Town Haunt reopens the building's spooky catacombs for tours steeped in haunted history. The underground maze delivers hair-raising thrills with a cast of creepy characters, closed-quarters darkness, and grandpas holding flashlights under their chins. Adrenaline junkies can leave their autos at nearby park-and-walk garages with up to 90 minutes of free parking before cars become possessed by wayward spirits.
Dog Haus Biergarten, mentioned in the Los Angeles Times as a go-to place for dependable dogs, rewards all-American appetites with 10 varieties of quarter-pound all-beef hot dogs and sausages and 10 gourmet burgers. Certified Angus beef burgers formed into third-pound patties act as base camp for such eclectic toppings as The Freiburger’s all-encompassing panoply of cheese, fries, coleslaw, and a fried egg. On the Reuben’s Cube, beef line dances with hot pastrami and swiss cheese as thousand-island dressing builds up the courage to flirt with tangy sauerkraut. Bartenders pour chilly draft IPAs, Hefeweizen and wine, preemptively served alongside The Hangover burger, named for its ability to soothe the tummies of trapeze artists. All burgers nestle atop King’s hawaiian bread, revered for its sweet taste and structural soundness.