Nightlife in Madera

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Since 1982, Good Company Players has enticed audiences with its first-rate stage creations inside 2nd Space Theatre's cozy, intimate space. Groupon customers thirsty for drama can quench their pangs with a ticket to any of the upcoming three productions, beginning with Born Yesterday (running through June 12), a politically revved satire centered on a corrupt mobster and his capricious lady friend as they navigate ethical road cones in the nation’s capital. A woman’s daily struggles with her love life, pitch-perfect sister, and nagging inability to open pickle jars is lovingly chronicled in Skin Deep (June 16–August 7), while audiences can behold the flexing of the troupe’s dramatic physique in Stalag 17 (August 11–October 9)—a suspenseful tale situated in a WWII German prison camp. All three shows carry a PG rating, rendering them ideal entertainment for the whole family.

1226 N Wishon Ave
Fresno,
CA
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The cuisine at Lin's Fusion is not your typical Chinese buffet. Instead, diners handpick the ingredients for their dishes and watch as chefs cook them all up right before their eyes. First, guests assemble their favorite veggies and proteins. Then they drop their bowls off at the desired cooking station, where chefs stir the ingredients into udon soups or sear them on a hibachi grill. A variety of other stations, including sushi and dim-sim bars, supplement these customizable feasts. Meals can also be punctuated with specialty drinks that range from a hibiscus-tea mojito to the Tiger Milk cocktail, a chilled glass filled with sake, coconut rum, and a mix of tropical fruit juices.

5155 N Blackstone Ave.
Fresno,
CA
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After finding that the Fresno area lacked a laid-back wine bar with affordable prices, Daniel Renteria decided to open his own. Pinot Wine Bar and Bistro made its debut in December 2011, offering a mellow spot for couples, coworkers, and groups of friends to sample wines and a selection of small plates. Described by Renteria as “an alternative to a sports bar,” the wine bar and bistro aims for an intimate, unhurried atmosphere free of blaring TVs and indoor fireworks displays.

805 E Olive Ave
Fresno,
CA
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Raul and Maria Gutierrez were raised on fajitas in their native Mexico, where many families raise their own chickens and make tortillas by hand. After honing their culinary skills in several Houston restaurants, the couple chased their dreams to Fresno, where Fajita Fiesta was born. Instead of sprouting from a pinto bean, the eatery sprang from one of the Gutierrez’s favorite dishes: tacos al carbon, a union of handcrafted tortillas, fresh pico de gallo, and charbroiled steak, chicken, or pork. Made fresh every hour, the tortillas serve as a canvas for creativity by exhibiting savories such as grilled shrimp, onions, and poblano peppers. For deep-fried fare such as chimichangas and sopapillas, Raul and Maria use canola oil to minimize saturated fat. Margaritas add a heady kick to the evening's festivities, and horchatas end meals on a sweet cinnamon note, with textures smoother than a freshly shorn saxophone. The kitchen also caters feasts for a variety of events, filling bellies with hearty chicken moles and bite-size eats such as mini taquitos.

1850 Van Ness Ave
Fresno,
CA
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At the Break Room, players grab a cue and maneuver past a foosball table and boxing machine to face off at one of 16 9-foot pool tables. Tunes pump from jukeboxes and LCD televisions readily show the sporting event du jour in a space permeated by free WiFi.

4113 W Swift Ave
Fresno,
CA
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The most beloved entree on Fibber McGee's dinner menu is its black and bleu filet ($28), 9 ounces of meat rolled in black pepper, topped with melted bleu cheese, and served with soup or salad, fresh vegetables, choice of potato or rice pilaf, and ciabatta bread. Fresno foodies, though, can work their way up to it by sinking teeth-tritons into the sweet-potato fries appetizer ($4.75) or the grilled artichoke starter ($6.95) served with spicy mayo. Carnivoyagers may wish to chart a course for the rib-eye steak sandwich ($13.75) or the corned beef and cabbage ($11.95). A selection of pasta dishes and salads are also available, as well as a lunch menu with sandwiches and burgers, including the 1/3-pound Fibber McGee burger ($7.95), topped with swiss cheese, avocado, and bacon—the holy trinity of hamburger heap-ons.

6650 N Cedar Ave
Fresno,
CA
US