Bay Oxygen on Washington has all the trappings of a bar, including barstools and a tiki-style umbrella. It's just the drinking that's entirely different?instead of imbibing alcohol, patrons here drink refreshing oxygen. Special tubes pipe the scented vapor straight into visitor's noses, delivering a more concentrated dose of oxygen than that of everyday air and a much more concentrated dose than that of a paper bag filled with whispers. Beyond delivering a pleasant aroma, the treatments have been reported to alleviate a variety of health problems ranging from headaches to hangovers.
Beyond a façade of black-painted bricks blasted by a bright-red sunburst, M.i.'s Westside Comedy Theater's laughter authorities train up-and-coming comedians in the art of forcing other people to laugh. The theater opened in 2009, 11 years after six comedians from the touring group Mission Improvable moved from Massachusetts to Chicago to continue training in the art of the extemporaneous. Now, 50 members strong, Mission Improvable helps students hone their comedic instincts during weekly classes, performances, and pie-throwing workshops. Instructors have imported a grounded, distinctly Chicagoan comedic sensibility to the West Coast, building improv courses on Viola Spolin's seminal, creativity-unlocking theater games and standup classes on students' own experiences and observations.
It was mostly impulse that fueled Phil McGovern’s decision to take over The Daily Pint. The London-born salon owner was once just a patron, periodically stopping in for a pint at the pub near his home. But when the barkeep revealed his plans to sell the neighborhood haunt, Phil volunteered as its new proprietor. Even with his salon still thriving, Phil poured his heart and soul into The Daily Pint, and customers responded. He can now boast 25 years behind its bar. Though Phil’s warm demeanor undoubtedly factors into the pub’s success, its drink selection is nothing to scoff at. At any given time, the bar holds 33 beers on tap, 3 on cask, and more than 100 by the bottle. That’s in addition to a 300-plus list of single-malt scotches—a mere taste of its international whiskey collection (origins span Ireland, Japan, and India). And the craft beers Phil features from local breweries rotate on an almost daily basis, just like a wind-powered merry-go-round. So pull up a chair in front of the 12-foot big screen, challenge a friend to shuffleboard, or make a new one over a pint.
Held on select weekends, each SaMo Wine Party celebrates varietals from around the world with three hours of unlimited tasting. Bartenders uncork everything from Tablas Creek bottles to sparkling wine from Crystianos Cava, all carefully selected by a team of expert vintners and the surviving members of the California Raisins. To complement the evening's limitless pours, DJs set the mood with upbeat tunes, while chefs prepare bites such as customized sushi rolls or gourmet burgers. The soirees take place amid the Bali-inspired d?cor of the two-level Monsoon Cafe or the 20-plus TVs inside The Garage featuring The Motor Club.
Library Alehouse’s dinner menu is divvied up into categories such as Light Reading (vegetarian), Collected Works (meat and fish dishes), and Short Stories (small plates). The beer menu may as well be in the Travel and Leisure section. Roughly 30 drafts and as many bottles from Scotland, Belgium, Jamaica, and Germany make up the inspired list, and like any library worth its weight in late fines, Library Alehouse staffs a well-read guide to help guests explore the collection. Alex P. Davis is a Certified Cicerone and self-labeled beer geek, on call to match patrons’ tastes and preferences with a suitable brew. Some examples include Allagash White, a Belgian-style wheat beer, and Russian River’s Supplication, a sour brown ale aged for 12 months. These beers go down great whether you're inside savoring Alehouse poutine or out on the back patio sinking your teeth into a USDA prime chuck burger.
Lyft is your friend with a car. Passengers can log into the app on their smartphone, request a ride with tap of a button, see a picture of their car and driver, and be on their way within minutes. Besides making rides convenient with cashless payments, Lyft rides also make for an economically sound choice?typically, Lyft is more affordable than traditional taxis. The company has received an array of press accolades?including features by USA Today, Forbes, and the New York Times. They have also been featured in a Conan sketch.