Across the 20 lanes at Universal Strike Bowling Center, the rolling thrum of bowling balls prefaces the clattering of pins. As guests hunt strikes and spares, automated scoring tallies each felled pin, and pours of beer and platters of pizza from the sports bar sate competitors' appetites.
Away from the lanes, Universal Strike Bowling Center houses other venues for friendly competition, including a large arcade, and pool tables. In three banquet halls that can host up to 500 guests, the sprawling facility puts on wedding receptions, corporate gatherings, quinceañeras, and other festive events.
At Naim's Lounge, the chatter of friendly conversation mingles with wisps of fragrant hookah smoke, melting away workday stresses in the midst of friendly company. Guests puff on Lebanese pipes, surrounded by burbling fountains, televisions, and cozy sectioned couches.
Each Auld Dubliner location must meet the stringent level of authenticity required by co-owner and Gaelic strongdrinker David Copley. A native of Limerick, Ireland, Copley might share a dirty poem if you ask nicely, but he's more likely to tell you that every part of his pub's polished wood, brass décor, and menu of toothsome Erin edibles was designed and crafted in Ireland and transported piece by piece to its new American home. Tuck right into pub classics such as shepherd's pie with ground beef and lamb ($12.95) or the for-more-than-St.-Patty's-Day corned beef and cabbage ($12.95). Other fare that comes with a shamrock stamp of approval includes the traditional boxty (a potato pancake), stuffed with delights such as Irish bacon and melted cheddar ($13.95) or Atlantic salmon with shallots and tarragon ($15.95). For a finish as sweet as a "yes" from Molly Bloom, the Irish-whiskey crème brûlée adds a twist to the traditional dessert.
Comfy leather booths surround a bumping dance floor at M15 Concert Bar & Grill, making the club?s prerogative known from the get-go. If it wasn?t clear, though, a rich menu of classic grill fare such as rib-eye steaks and shrimp scampi shows off the kitchen?s devotion to food, whereas a weekly lineup of musical and comedy acts demonstrate the venue?s commitment to entertainment. Tribute acts regularly wind back the clock onstage, whether yowling like Axl Rose or sporting the invisible reptilian crown of Jim Morrison. Actual stars of yesteryear have been known to make appearances as well, including Tommy Tutone and Bow Wow Wow. M15 Concert Bar & Grill?s dance parties might be themed around the music of decades past or be soundtracked by DJs spinning dub step, hip-hop, and electronica?whatever it takes to get guests shaking their hips into the night.
By 2011 things weren?t looking good for Angel's, the dive bar former wrestler Renee Vicary had run since 1992. But that was before Jon Taffer came to the rescue with his inaugural episode of Spike TV?s Bar Rescue. According to the Los Angeles Times, Jon took a mere five days to convert Angel's ?from a dingy sports bar into a classed-up whiskey den called Racks Billiards & Bourbon.?
These days, the bar sports plenty of its namesake pool tables and whiskeys, along with an extensive craft beer selection. These pours complement a menu chockfull of classic bar food, ranging from deep-fried mac and cheese balls to Sriracha-infused burgers topped with beer-battered jalape?os. Meals can be enjoyed over a round of eight-ball or one of Racks? other entertainment options, such as karaoke sessions and live DJ sets.
A thatched roof hangs over the namesake bar at Tiki Island Bar & Grill. In addition to sheltering bartenders from the sweltering indoor sun, this tropical decoration pays tribute to the Hawaiian-style dishes that emerge from the kitchen. These include grilled shrimp quesadillas with mango salsa, mahi mahi, and tacos brimming with slow-roasted Kahlua pork. Island ingredients also sneak onto salads in the form of shredded carrots, diced tomatoes, barbecue ranch dressing, and Katsu chicken—a type of deep-fried, panko-crusted tender.
Beyond the tiki bar, more than 30 flat-screen televisions surround a spacious main room replete with four billiards tables.