With 41 of its 250 beers available on tap, Barley & Hops pours a wide selection of suds to accompany its lengthy, European-style pub menu. Beneath the exposed-beam ceilings of the Old World-y restaurant, patrons succeed starters of gravy-smothered fries ($5) and scotch eggs ($5.99) with slurps of brews from Belgium, England, and Germany. Two flat-screen TVs in the main dining room and three in the ancillary draft room showcase sports, inspiring nearby diners to slam dunk small fish 'n' chips entrees ($12.99) into a neighbor's Avery Maharaja Imperial IPA ($10.99) to claim new ownership. Refreshing gulps of the Ballast calico amber ($6.99) balance out bites of the shepherd's pie ($12.99), whose beefy interior has proven to be the perfect tool for attracting angry, vegetarian sheep.
The clatter of toppling pins resounds through the walls of the 89 locations of Bowling Centers of Southern California, which are scattered across Southern California, Nevada, and Hawaii. Each alley abounds with modern lanes and equipment, and many boast concession stands, lounges, and game rooms. The family-friendly centers host regular public bowling sessions and league tournaments. Many of the centers also host private birthday parties, which science has proven to be more fun than birthday parties covered by the paparazzi.
Using only a loop of cotton thread and a careful eye, the threading specialists at The Brow Shop lift away unwanted hair. They can shape brows into clean arches, defuzz any part of the face, and even thread the arms, leaving them smooth and bare. The process is well suited for sensitive skin, as it adheres directly to hairs rather than to the flesh that surrounds them. Visitors to the salon can also find powders and gels to tint the brows and hold them in place.
The athletic mixologists at Rookies Sports Bar serve up a full roster of burgers, sandwiches, and wings alongside frosty glasses of beer and spirits. From their perches on the burgers and dawgs menu, the Chicago-style dog offers cylindrical satiation ($6.95) while the Pounder, a stack of two half-pound patties hoisted upon the back of a titanic bun, runs hunger interference ($10.95). Wings come adorned in a choice of 16 saucy ensembles, such as Jack Daniel's barbecue, hawaiian, feather boa, and lemon pepper ($8.95 for 10, house flavors $1 extra per order). The array of flat-screen TVs competes desperately for eye-time with an enormous assembly of draft and bottled beers, featuring favorites such as Fat Tire, Killian's Irish Red, and Newcastle Brown Ale. A minty mojito ($7.50) off the lineup of specialty drinks freshens the chilled air brought in by the Hypnotic Breeze ($8.50), a concoction of Hpnotiq liqueur, coconut and vanilla rum, blue curacao, and fruit juices that brings back repressed memories of parties attended in past lives.
Harbor views are typically hard to come by in December, when restaurants pack up their patios and move their business indoors. Thankfully, Dominic’s at the Harbor has perfected an alternative. From the Italian eatery’s heated patio, diners can watch sunlight glint off the water regardless of the season. The smell of salt that lingers on the outdoor breeze complements seafood entrees such as shrimp and mahi mahi sautéed with garlic and wine. If that sounds like too much ocean for you, try a thin-crust margarita pizza topped with fresh basil and sliced tomatoes or a white pizza with three cheeses and a drizzle of olive oil. Diners can round out any meal with a bottle of vintage cabernet sauvignon or a tall boot of chardonnay from the D’Vino wine bar, located within the restaurant.