More than 100 whiskeys and a comparable bounty of beers flow at Johnny’s Saloon, an eccentric neighborhood bar that dubs itself a “twisted Cheers.” Opened in 1982, the bar emanates a charm stemming from its appreciation of the rock 'n' roll generation and a rejection of anything that represents the status quo, such as walls. The jukebox is stocked solely with vintage rock 'n' roll and country, steering clear of Top 40 pop and hip-hop, and in the spotless bathrooms, 20 scented lotions keep hands smelling fresher than the Snuggle bear’s dance moves. Though the bar doesn’t serve food, the staffers happily order in from the nearby famous Donuttery and pour libations from 2 p.m. to 2 a.m. They serve up single shots of spirits such as Midleton Irish whiskey and Macallan 21-year, but patrons can also purchase a private bottle of liquor that’s held behind the bar under lock and key.
MD Pilates owner Mely Dinsdale helms a team of certified instructors, helping students to sculpt lean, pliable bodies using core-centric exercises and Pilates reformer equipment. During classes, instructors preach the importance of balancing flexibility with muscle-strengthening work to prevent injury, both on the mat and on the studio’s reformer resistance machines. Pilates reformer machines, made with a system of springs, pulleys, and a sliding platform, boost the difficulty of students' moves by resisting each movement as they perform Pilates exercises, thereby helping to build muscle while reducing stress on tendons, ligaments, and high-strung skeletons.
Muscles flex and hearts race inside the gyms at She Rocks Fitness’s two locations, where trainers galvanize clients as they work toward their fitness goals. The gyms’ staff of fitness gurus specializes in conducting fast-paced, 35-minute boot-camp sessions that tone bodies while accommodating busy schedules. In addition, She Rocks Fitness offers online meal planning, so guests can combine their workout regime with a healthy diet.
Krav maga is one of the fastest growing self-defense training programs in the world, and for good reason. The official martial-arts system of the Israeli Defense Forces is based on the idea that anyone?no matter the size or physical build?can successfully defend their own life.
The certified instructors at Beach Cities Krav Maga are serious about helping students learn effective self-defense techniques. Aside from standard classes for adults and children, they teach specialized courses in women's self-defense and police and military defense. There are even fitness classes that use disciplines such as kickboxing as a jumping-off point for a punishing workout. At the spacious and functional facility, bags hang from the ceiling and mirrors line the walls, helping to keep students in proper form as they learn to punch, jab, and steal their opponents' noses.
Tap Shack blends the convivial atmosphere of a lively sports bar with the hearty, flavorful burgers, pizzas, and small plates of a gastropub. Servers haul out plates laden with prime-rib sliders, coconut shrimp, and fish tacos, while tableside taps let patrons sip a nice, frosty glass of draft beer without having to line up behind a crowded bar or fire off a flare to alert a bartender. Twenty flat-screen TVs broadcast games, and a separate video game room lets friends blow off steam with Xbox and PS3 contests. Guests sip craft brews from the bar's lineup of 28 taps, forming a perfect complement to the menu of thick, gouda-covered burger patties, pizzas smothered in Italian sausage and pastrami, and filet mignon surf-n-turf plates with shrimp scampi.
Equipment: Aerial Silks, Hoops,Platinum Stages 45mm poles ranging from 15-18 feet
Students should bring: Snug workout pants or leggings, top or T-Shirt, bottle of water
Average class length: 60 minutes
Number of Staff: 5?10 people
Class location: Indoors only
Registration required: Yes
Good for beginners: Yes
Parking: Parking lot
Pro Tip: Please no lotions and leave all rings and jewelry at home.
"It's great to try different forms of exercise," says Mary, co-owner of Urban Aerial Fitness. "Not everyone enjoys swimming, biking, and running. It's great to mix it up and find your passion." That's why she helped found her gym, which specializes in teaching aerial hoops, aerial silks, and pole dancing. She and her staff of teachers offer 14 different classes in the various subjects, from beginners' lessons to advanced techniques. They even host a co-ed aerial silks class geared specifically toward teens looking for an extracurricular workout outside of joining a sports team or wrestling with their emotions.