Monopolizing pins on the north and south sides of town, Palasad's pair of striking citadels steeps rows of vintage, 10-pin lanes and gourmet kitchens in colourful 1960s charm. At Palasad South, black lights, lasers, and 10 projection screens propel vintage trappings into the future, when bowling will become the international language of diplomacy. Prize-heavy arcades, new ping-pong rooms with cushioned athletic floors, and Brunswick Gold Crown pool tables at both locations provide nonlinear entertainment. Parties of up to 500 guests may rent out a network of rooms, such as the La Fiamma Dining Room, where pizzas and wings roast in wood-fired ovens.
At Rainbow Cinemas & Magic Lantern Theatres, darkened auditoriums with flickering screens draw audiences into magical worlds where fish can talk, motorcycles leap canyons, and love comes even for those who eat crackers in bed. The auditoriums show recent blockbusters at 16 multiplex theatres that spread across Canada, each of which retains its own unique personality and honours any historic roots. In Edmonton, the Princess Theatre’s original 1915 auditorium, complete with balcony, golden drapes, and red walls, accommodates moviegoers with babies or pet hyenas inside a soundproof cry room. In Saskatchewan, the circa-1930 Roxy Theatre preserves the ambience of a Spanish courtyard. As guests find their auditorium at the Rainbow Cinemas Ontario locations, they can admire giant murals by local artist Fred Harrison.
A vibrant live-music venue, APK Live regales diners with an ever-changing lineup of local acts that’s complemented by a menu of locally sourced gastropub fare. Two orders of the sliders 3 ways quell growling bellies with either quinoa, lamb, or pulled pork sandwiches (a $12 value each). A trio of quinoa sliders comes blanketed by caramelized onions and roasted red peppers, while the lamb sliders are coupled with fresh basil and curry aioli. Pulled pork sliders are smothered lovingly by ale-infused barbecue sauce. Though this Groupon is valid for two PBRs (a $5.25 value each), APK Live has more than a dozen draft and bottled beers, such as a dark and frothy Mill St. Cobblestone stout or a Blanche de Chambly wheat ale, which render gullets yodel-ready.
At Mill Pond Tap and Grill, bartenders fill mammoth 60-ounce mugs with fresh brews every night of the week, pouring to the tune of live music on Saturday nights and the soulful crooning of locals on Friday Karaoke nights. A recently updated menu fuels the revelry, with a diverse cast of pastas, wraps, and burgers effectively hushing the howls of outspoken digestive tracts. In between bites, visitors chuck darts at insolent bull's eyes and blow referee whistles at billiards players who shoot out of turn.