Blending light tapas with imported desserts, an array of wine, and dancing, Pastíche's confines conjure up Old-World sentiments to create relaxing and romantic evenings. Pleasing vino virtuosos, Pastíche pours an assortment of 17 red wines, including Hugger Mugger pinot noir from Walla Walla Valley, Washington ($8/glass), and the 2007 Baer Winery ursa red blend ($15/glass), which was born out of alchemists' failure to blend merlot, cabernet franc, cabernet sauvignon, malbec, and petit verdot into a brick of pure gold. Glass tilters can also choose from 10 white wines by the glass, including the Tucker Cellars muscat canelli ($6) or Delaporte sancerre ($9).
Chiming xylophones echo across Six Olive Lounge’s breezy, retro-style interior, where toe-tapping diners peruse a menu rife with upscale fusion fare and specialty cocktails. Tabletop candles illuminate a selection of 10 small plates, including slices of bread slathered in spicy butter and parmesan ($6.95) or six different hand-stuffed olives jabbed on a spear ($2.75). Hunks of rustic bread drift like toasted remnants of Pangaea across the roasted-red-pepper-and-tomato soup ($9.95), warming spoons and souls alongside the sweet-hot-chili fried shrimp ($11.95). Mixologists blend premium liquors to prepare an epic selection of fruity cocktails, martinis, and mojitos, such as the 15-Minute Vacation, a handmade piña colada laced with Gosling’s Black Seal rum ($15.95), and an olive-studded signature martini anchored by premium Fris vodka or New Amsterdam gin ($10.95). Seasoned fries ($5.95) plunge into a dozen diverse dipping sauces, including wasabi aioli and Cajun blue, on the late-night menu, which prevents diners from howling at the full moon by padding their maws with super-size clam strips ($9.95) and spicy chicken wings ($8.95). Six Olives Lounge is closed Sundays and Mondays.
To properly pair one of Sax's specialty cocktails with an entree, simply read the personified cocktail name, then apply logic. For instance, a Miles Davis—Godiva chocolate liqueur, Stoli Razberi, Chambord, and a splash of cream ($8)—would likely fill his trumpet-blowing cheeks with a hearty 10-ounce flatiron steak served aside white-truffle mashed potatoes and veggies ($18). And a Bossa Nova—mixed with 10 different cane rums, limes, simple syrup, and soda ($8)—wouldn't be able to pick a plate because Bossa Nova is a music style, not an autonomous music-legend cocktail. Other entrees include seafood risotto ($18), pasta primavera ($14), and 14-ounce lamb chops served over Mediterranean couscous ($22).
Jazzercise is 60 minutes of cardio, strength training, and stretching that incorporates moves from hip-hop, yoga, Pilates, jazz dance, kickboxing, and resistance training with handheld weights. Dancing With the Stars multiple-champion Cheryl Burke is a big fan of Jazzercise's improvisational workouts, though luckily you won't need her dance moves to get the most out of your class. If you're prone to first-class jitters, though, you can review the basic moves online before you go. Expect to burn off up to 500 calories with each go-round.
Some of comedy’s most seasoned veterans and next big things wring laughs from audiences during standup performances at Tacoma Comedy Club. Now in its third year of tickling ribs, the venue stuffs its calendar with a slew of popular faces from TV. On Wednesday, open-mic night brings emerging voices to the stage to test out fresh material so that audiences can get a sneak peek at the laugh-masters of tomorrow and the microphone models of today.
Built in 1925, the Temple Theatre first served as a vaudeville venue, later becoming a host for road shows, burlesque, and movies. However, the theatre closed in 1965, and would be subjected to disrepair, vandalism, and skeleton xylophone recitals for more than 15 years. A 1981 restoration project returned the theatre to its former glory. Today, seated under the gilded chandelier and wooden trim, theatergoers lose themselves in the thoughtful dramas enacted upon the stage.