Dave Reinitz packed up all his belongings into a motor home, left New York, and began driving across the country because he was bored. When the engine finally blew, he was in Los Angeles, and decided that was where he would stay. As if by providence, Dave immediately took to his newfound city's comedy scene. Eventually, he partnered up with comedian Barbara Holliday for his life's next great adventure—Flappers Comedy Club.
Today, Barbara, whose credits include Naked Gun 33 1/3 and Friends, co-manages the multipurpose club she owns with Dave. A breeding ground for new talent, the venue plays host to standup comics and variety acts, and gives up-and-comers a hand with comedy classes called Flappers University. Many local and rising comedians have tested their standup material at Flappers, and the stage has supported the seasoned weight of stars such as Dave Attell and Jason Alexander. Before, during, or after shows, patrons can fuel their giggle fits with grub from the club's onsite restaurant, including Cajun-spiced burgers, seared ahi, and brick-oven pizzas.
Best known as a leading cast member on the iconic variety show In Living Color, Tommy Davidson stands out with his elastic delivery and swift acting chops, which have landed him eclectic roles in a variety of films, including Booty Call, Spike Lee's Bamboozled, and Black Dynamite. The improv theater in Ontario is a stop on the comedy trail for all legendary laugh-inducing artists, and its tasty menu and full-service bar fuel audience belly laughs and set the tone for a night of high spirits. Arrive an hour early to guarantee seats and avoid having to sit on someone's shoulders.
Don't be scared by the snarling mug behind the bar at the Bulldog Pub—it's just the tavern's mascot. With a monocle lodged in his eye, a cigar crammed in his jaws, and a Union Jack vest strapped to his barrel chest, the stained glass bulldog peers at bargoers from his perch above a tap boasting 21 draught beers, including Guinness Stout, Boddingtons Pub Ale, Newcastle, and Harp Lager. Once they're into their pints or cocktails, guests can head over to the pool table and dart boards for some old-fashioned fun. And if all that revelry brings on an appetite, the menu of across-the-pond favorites supplies shepherd's pie, bangers and mash, pub nachos, and fish and chips. Guests can also enjoy meals while lounging in the outdoor beer garden or listening to live music.
Margarita Rocks is part nightclub, part restaurant, and doesn’t skimp on either end of the equation. Cooks prepare shrimp tacos, pizzas topped with carne asada, and other savory snacks, and bartenders pour made-from-scratch micheladas, margaritas, and other cold drinks until 2 a.m. Although Margarita Rocks is known for live music and raucous good times, the spot is also kid friendly, welcoming families with children until 8 p.m.
Housed in a former lemon warehouse, Casablanca Bar & Grill fills spacious eating areas with the aromas of piquant Mediterranean cuisine. Chefs skewer beef, chicken, shrimp, and lamb kebabs and sauté seafood such as scallops and frog legs. Tender falafel balls can be dunked into tahini sauce or rolled across white tablecloths into the mouth of a dinner companion.
Live entertainment at Casablanca Bar & Grill engages eyes as well as mouths. On Friday nights, belly dancers swivel their hips as they weave through wisps of smoke from flavored hookahs. Paintings in ornate gilt frames keep watch over the festivities, and an outside wooden deck lets diners watch the sky for menu recommendations spelled out in clouds.