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What’s now known as The Comedy Store was once called Ciro's, a nightlife hotspot in the 1940s and '50s. Playing host to glitzy stars and shadowy mobsters, the club's history is shrouded in rumors of mafia assassinations and untimely deaths. However, the joint buried its seedy past by converting to a comedy club and helping launch the careers of such legends as Richard Pryor, Jim Carrey, George Carlin, David Letterman, and Dave Chappelle. The younger La Jolla location lets laugh-starved patrons bask in the same high-powered comedic atmosphere as its progenitor.

916 Pearl St
La Jolla,
CA
US

The Summer Tribute Series lets memories rush over you with disco beats, heavy metal riffs, spectacular laser-light shows, and more. All shows are 21 and up, so be sure to bring a valid ID.

143 S Cedros Ave
Solana Beach,
CA
US

Commercial pilots certified by the Federal Aviation Administration welcome guests to tours of Southern California aboard hot air balloons. As guests enter into sheared baskets, the pilots offer them complimentary champagne and non-alcoholic beverages before taking off. Sightseeing trips include flights over Temecula Wine Country at sunrise as well as romantic rides along the Pacific coast at sunset.

2730 Via De La Valle
Del Mar,
CA
US

While trekking across New Zealand, Matt Baker and PJ Lamont stumbled upon a burger shack in Queenstown and immediately became addicted to the eatery’s organic, grass-fed beef patties. According to a profile in Beach & Bay Press, the duo often dined there more than once a day and eventually convinced the chef to both part with his recipes and train them how to make them. Upon returning home, the pair recruited PJ’s brother Martin for their budding endeavor: a gourmet burger place that would rely entirely on organic, grass-fed beef from New Zealand. After finding the right spot for their gastropub, the three put their own sweat into renovating it; PJ carved the wooden menu himself without using a woodpecker even once.

That menu quickly garnered its fair share of media buzz and awards by combining beef patties, ground fresh daily, with unique ingredients such as pesto aioli, grilled pineapple, and beetroot. Organic, local vegetables make up the condiments and the house tomato chutney, New Zealand’s hardier version of ketchup. But Bare Back Grill does more than burgers, satisfying appetites with natural chicken and lamb, tempura tofu, and seared ahi tuna coupled with a wide selection of beers and wines. Guests can gulp down Kiwi Steinlagers or sip Australian and New Zealand wines while lounging at either Bare Back location.

4640 Mission Blvd
San Diego,
CA
US

3904 Convoy St
San Diego,
CA
US

Brow Lounge's skin-smoothers use organic and high-end waxes to clear men's and women's bodies of hair, customizing their approaches to suit skin of varying sensitivity. In extensive depilation services, staff transform Grouch Marx brows into artfully arched eye awnings ($15), mow upper-lip lawns ($9), or bulldoze underbrush with a Brazilian ($60). Man-hair can be cleared from backs ($40+), chests ($40+), and stomachs ($10) to reveal once-obscured tattoos of obsolete Southeast Asian countries. Inside Brow Lounge, chandeliers cast warm light over newly hairless patrons and shelves stocked with face-enhancing makeup. Groupon-holders get 10% off such mineral-based items as liquid foundations ($28–40), pressed foundation powder ($30), and bronzers ($16–$39).

933 Silverado St
La Jolla,
CA
US