With a partially outdoor bar and a spacious dining area and lounge, NEOMEZE is hip without being overbearing. Coalesce with its angular aesthetic sipping a cold Summer Sky martini with Skyy vodka, cucumber, strawberries, and lemon juice ($12) or a glass of the house beer, an amber bock ($7). Get your grub on with a geometric Watermelon Neo, a starter of stacked watermelon, feta sticks, and herbs ($8), or a Greek salad with Kalamata olives, feta cheese, and lemon cilantro vinaigrette ($8). Substantiate a wayward soul with the Mediterranean burger topped with red onion, feta cheese, and tzatziki on olive ciabatta ($12), or rosemary grilled-lamb lollipops with roasted cipollini onion puree and green apple slaw ($17).
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.
The unassuming red brick building in the alley behind the Ice House in Pasadena may not look like much, but inside lies T. Boyle's Tavern—a no-nonsense two-level pub with a polished beer menu, hearty eats, 13 flat-screen TVs, and one 8’x10’ jumbo TV. The TVs flicker with the NFL Sunday Ticket’s games or broadcast USC and UCLA teams as they shoot a basketball, throw a football, or punt a volleyball. Nearby, a huge stone tiki head perched on the rough brick wall overlooks live bands as they belt out classic rock covers, blues, or ’80s hits.
Tall, round bar tables next to old wooden barrels hoist buffalo wings, pastrami burgers, and fish tacos that pair with dozens of bottled or draft craft beers, including tasty suds from Bear Republic, Rogue, Sierra Nevada, and Port Brewing. When regulars aren't sharing laughs over beers or frantically trying to answer trivia questions, they can head over to the dartboards or shuffleboard and pool tables.
The Ice House Comedy Club hosts professional laugh makers in a casual, intimate setting. Dozens of famous funny people have cultivated chuckles on the club's stage—including David Letterman, George Carlin, and Ellen DeGeneres—throughout its half-century history. Upcoming entertainers include voice actor Scott Henry, television veteran Ralph Harris, and Mind of Mencia star Brad Williams. The small, personal atmosphere allows all viewers to be within seven rows of giggle gatherers, although Ice House recommends arriving 45 minutes early to prevent the first-come, first-served seats from developing abandonment issues. Although not included in this Groupon, Ice House also boasts a menu loaded with creative drinks, tasty snacks, and funnybone-repair kits.
You could argue that every meal at Gaucho's Village includes live entertainment—servers are constantly visiting tables with humongous skewers of meat and slicing off choice pieces with a sword-like knife. To summon such a show to your table, all you need to do is turn a small marker over to display its green side, or turn your "Bring on the Meat" t-shirt right-side out. Then, you select from an array of flame-roasted cuts, ranging from the traditional picanha, or sirloin cap, to tri-tip and filet mignon wrapped in bacon. The blazing churrasco fires backstage also cook lamb, pork, and sausage, and the menu suggests a proper wine pairing for each cut.
Though these meats have been featured on the Travel Channel's Tastiest Places to Chow Down, they aren't the only impressive spectacle at the restaurant. The real show occurs on weekends, when samba dancers and DJs rev up the always-festive atmosphere. Guests who would rather kick back than shimmy along can visit the attached lounge. There, a separate lounge menu boasts empanadas and coxinha—fried balls of chicken and cheese—as well as flavored hookah on a back patio fenced with live bamboo.