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Joker's Wild Comedy Club's stage showcases comics drawn from both the national touring circuit and the local scene. The intimate venue, which recently replaced its space-hogging booths with brand-new seats, features headlining comedians who fill Thursday–Saturday evenings with laughter during 8 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. shows. On Wednesday night, fledgling funny folk strive for their five minutes of fame at open mic night. Joker’s Wild also runs its own School of Comedy, where budding comedians can chase their dreams of cracking up audiences and keeping glasses of water on a stool. The club’s full menu of pub food mutes growling stomachs with appetizers and entrees for patrons hoping to perfect an onion-ring spit take.
Light-hearted and colorful, the playful interior of Baja Betty’s beckons diners and drinkers with daily specials. Along a street packed with international eateries, Betty’s stands out for the attention to detail, delicious entrées and friendly servers. The walls are festooned with bright paintings and murals commissioned by the co-owner, Stefan Chicote – one character relaxes with a bottle of tequila, a specialty of the house with more than 100 varieties in the bar and a tequila club that meets monthly for tastings. The back room is set up for private parties and a mock throne waits for special guests to conquer the fun Mexican fare. Leave inhibition at the door and come for memorable meals and good times.
The cooks at Proud Mary's Southern Bar & Grill draw primarily from the traditions of Creole and Cajun cuisine, but they also work in culinary styles found throughout the South. They sizzle up dishes ranging from gumbo, jambalaya and alligator, to their House Specialty southern fried chicken. Throughout the afternoon and evening, bartenders sling wines and Southern-style cocktails. The large-screen TVs bathe guests in the light of nail-biting gridiron matches, and the sounds of karaoke fill patrons’ ears Friday and Saturday nights from 9 p.m. until close or as long as they can stomach operatic renditions of “Crocodile Rock.”
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).
The Cask Room's vast wine menu rotates each week like a stately Morris dance or a motley safety dance, and might feature the bold tannins of a 2006 Monte da Cal from Alentejano, Portugal ($9 for a glass); a 2007 Rancho Sisquoc River Red fermented and bottled in Santa Barbara, California ($10 a glass); or a 2007 Clautiere Roussanne from the Paso Robles, California ($11 a glass). Passionate wine professionals will guide you through the latest liquid lineup and suggest pairings from a mealtime menu populated by toasted paninis and petite tapas that hearken back to an age when cuisine strived to woo the stomach’s heart without resorting to cyber-stalking. The Sonoma melts together grilled portobello mushrooms with roasted red peppers, goat cheese, roast garlic, thyme, and caramelized onion ($10), while small plates present dishes such as stuffed dates stuffed with goat cheese and baked in a layer of prosciutto ($9) and gorgonzola crostini topped with agave nectar ($8).