The recently renovated Hollywood Bowl, enchants guests with polished corridors and automated scorekeeping. On Thursday–Saturday nights starting at 9:30 p.m., both locations activate their black lights and ample supply of firefly essence for cosmic bowling, when rollers negotiate tricky splits in a kaleidoscopic environment. At Hollywood Bowl, guests can enjoy burgers and beers at Club Hollywood Sports Bar in the glow of 14 47-inch TVs. Both locations also boast their own arcade room, where players can compete in classic games such as Frogger, skee-ball, and seeing who can carve a marble bust of a Roman emperor the fastest.
Both The Cheerful Tortoise menu and The Cheerful Bullpen menu brim with classic bar fare, which is served in sports-centric, wood-paneled eateries owned by the same athletics-loving mastermind. Prices vary between locations, but the menus both teem with sandwiches, pizza, appetizers, and more than 15 flavors of wings. Stomachs sick of waiting in line for the pool tables or karaoke can feast on spinach and artichoke dip ($6.49–$6.99), or dive right into the spicy ancho-chipotle burger ($7.49–$7.99). Amber beer-battered fish and chips inspire diners at both restaurants to affect a cockney accent ($9.49 small; $10.99 large). A plethora of pizzas, such as the spicy thai chicken pizza ($8.29–8.99), dot the bars' gastronomic landscapes, along with breakfast items that, like dance battles at high schools, are served all day long. Customers can also sit on the spacious patio and sip suds from a rotating roster of draft beers including brews from New Belgium, 21st Amendment, and Deschutes.
• For $10, you get $20 worth of upscale pub fare and drinks. • For $20, you get a bottle of wine (choose from Gnarly Head Old Vine red zinfandel, Oak Knoll pinot noir, 337 cabernet, Maryhill chardonnay, Ecco Domani pinot grigio, or Blue Nun riesling), plus a fruit-and-cheese plate (up to a $43.50 value).
Equipped with everything from pool to shuffleboard, these brotherly bars provide a modest food menu served up with sides of interactive table games and televised sporting games every night of the week. In between lofts at the dartboard, hang a fang on an order of beer-battered onion rings ($5.75) or a savory black-and-bleu burger ($9.25), and then shower your stomach with a refreshing brew ($3 domestics, $4 microbrews) or a spirited mixed drink ($5 from the well). Much like the international dateline, Blitz Pearl refuses to acknowledge time itself, which is why it serves breakfast all day strong with options ranging from french toast ($5) to fruit bowls ($3).
All walks of life gather to eat at Main Events Sports Grill, but the chefs make sure they "eat with their eyes" first. Each pub-food staple on the menu gets two things: a creative culinary twist and an artful presentation. Burgers might arrive topped with bacon and a painterly swirl of peanut butter, or they might catch the light with a J?germeister-based glaze. The adult mac 'n' cheese aims for a more abstract landscape, with its hefty portions of penne pasta tossed in spicy parmesan and white cheddar cream, bits of bacon, toasted bread crumbs, and melted blue cheese. More conventional eye-candy can be found on the 10 HDTVs, which broadcast sports and UFC fights.
For those who don't have time to linger over each artfully assembled plate, Main Event hosts what it calls fast lunch on weekdays?quick soups, salads, and sliders that are perfect for those who need to return to work or get back to chasing their runaway lawnmower. Later in the day, Main Event returns to its more relaxed "neighborhood hangout" pace with Happy Hour specials and innovative cocktails poured by talented mixologists.
Players plugs gamers into a cavalcade of entertaining diversions while fueling competitive spirits with eats and drinks from a menu of pub mainstays. Satisfy pin-busting urges by bowling on one of 12 sleek lanes ($2–$4.75/game per person; $2.50/shoe rental). Each lane sports a massive flat-screen hovering above pins, helping bowlers catch the game while dominating their own opponents. Decamp to Players’ billiards lounge for lessons on trick shots, geometry, or the mating habits of eight-balls staged atop one of the contemporary pool tables ($8–$10/hr.). Players' bar and dining area basks under warm amber lights punctuated by the blue glow of 25 sports-affixed TV screens. Gab with old colleagues about advancements in office pranks over frothy brews (bottle $3.25–$4; draft $3.50–$4.50), goblets of vino ($5+), or one of 10 burgers ($8.99–$10.99). The under-21 set stays occupied in the 8 Ball Lounge, a youth-friendly hideaway packed with shuffleboard tables and sleek seating.