Nestled in the heart of historic midtown Mobile, Ashland Midtown Pub catches the eyes of passersby with its pleasant open-air patio before ensnaring them with the irresistible wafting aromas of cheesy breadsticks, roasted garlic, and freshly baked pizzas and calzones. Once inside, guests perch upon cushy barstools, surrounded by colorful canvases and plates of piping-hot lasagna or fillets of ahi tuna and flaky blackened grouper. Diners polish off feasts of po’ boys or basil-and-bacon-crowned pizzas with frosty draft brews at the rustic, knotty-pine bartop. As they sup on meals of upscale pizzeria cuisine, patrons dance to the tunes of live musicians or enjoy the interior's fresh, clean air thanks to the pub's no-smoking and no-rudimentary-steam-engine policies.
Seeking to enrich the world with professional opera and musical presentations, Mobile Opera is launching its 65th season by staging Leonard Bernstein's popular operetta based on Voltaire's 1759 novella Candide, which features such jovial singables as "Glitter and Be Gay" and "Make Our Garden Grow."
Paint Nail and Beauty Bar's trend-conscious nail technicians gussy up digits with manicures and pedicures inside a modern blue and white salon. The Weekend Paintin' manicure artfully shapes talons, as a crisp cucumber eyelift firms droopy lids. As one hand clasps a glass of citrus water, a mimosa, or the other hand, the other has its ends brushed with glimmering tints. Patrons can glamorize finger caps with traditional colors, or don fortified chromatic shields with the geleration option. Glossy layers of soak-off gel conform to the nails' natural shapes and protect sensitive cuticles from damage after a swift application. The geleration treatment lasts up to four weeks and spurns chips, smudges, and crab-bite damage. Alternatively, clients can coat their utmost extremities in less than 30 minutes with the Paint by 30 mani-pedi package. Nail technicians layer phalanges in eye-catching shades of polish, or swiftly shelter both fingers and toes under a geleration's long-lasting hues.
Rave Motion Pictures screens the summer blockbusters in 20 auditoriums outfitted with stadium seating. The theaters' digital projectors allow projectionists to easily play such gripping tales as Scream 4, a documentary about Sidney Prescott's return to Woodsboro, where Ghostface threatens the townspeople's safety (movies playing subject to change). Stretch out while watching as rows are spaced 48 inches apart from one another, one for each of the states recognized by most public-school systems. Check showtimes online for all the movies screening throughout the summer.
Having taken up residency where Fairhope's Central Cafe once lived, Courtyard at 311 carries on the historic building's tradition with an updated, casual dining experience. Inside, waiters dole out seafood and sandwiches for lunch and dinner daily, including the Battle's Wharf, a po'boy that fuses hot turkey, ham, and sautéed shrimp with spicy melted cheese. Owners Harry and Alissa Johnson and Zack Smith–who also own Rosie's Grill–work with a staff of 30-plus employees to create an inviting atmosphere, which receives a musical boost on Thursdays and Sundays when live bands perform.
Mattress Direct culls a variety of mattresses in textures ranging from firm to plush from brands such as Tempur-Pedic and Serta. Serta's iComfort, for example, evenly distributes support across the body with microsupport gel capsules nestled in its memory foam; a specialized material prevents overheating and the resulting unpleasant lava-chase nightmares. Mattress Direct's stock of bed frames, bed linens, and pillows allow patrons to assemble complete bedroom sets in one trip, and an express delivery service prevents the hassle of renting a moving truck or outfitting each leg of a new bed with a rollerblade.