Hollywood Beach Fitness, a spacious, clean gym, contains a variety of treadmills, free weights, circuit machines, and harbor views. There, in addition to the gym equipment—which also includes kettlebells and ropes—patrons will find group fitness classes that range from cardio ballet to strength training to kickboxing. The fitness center offers personal and small-group training coupled with nutrition coaching.
When Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives host Guy Fieri swung into The Kitchen, it was the lamb burger that caught his eye—a 6-ounce, well-seasoned patty topped with red-pepper relish and placed between two freshly baked buns made onsite. These straight-from-the-oven baked goods are a part of The Kitchen's charm, its bustling bakery sharing space with the dining room and craft-beer bar.
The meals crafted in that kitchen include the Cuban sandwich, pulled pork and sliced pit ham on grilled bakery bread. The hearty meatloaf plate skips the sandwiching in favor of a housemade barbecue glaze and pairs with frothy brews.
In fact, one of the libations from an impressive roster of craft beers would be enough to draw brew-lovers to its bar, but The Kitchen takes things a step further, hosting a monthly beer-brewing class led by the restaurant's own brewmaster.
Sugar Beets Restaurant & Bar is a fusion restaurant in more ways than one. The space itself wears many hats: downtown eatery, bar, private-party venue, and, on Thursdays through Saturdays, nightclub. Similarly, the eatery’s menus aren't limited to one style. Described as eclectic California cuisine, the fare fuses west-coast flavors with international dishes. At dinnertime, a bed of Israeli couscous cradles grilled eggplant and sun-dried tomatoes, and a bacon-wrapped filet mignon gets a flavor boost from roasted red-pepper sauce. Lunchtime takes a more casual approach, with pasta tossed in tequila-lime sauce, strip-steak hoagies with chipotle mayo, and huevos rancheros that call the chef “dude” instead of “sir.” The restaurant also serves brunch on Sundays and serenades Thursday- and Friday-night diners with live music.
Ventura Harbor Comedy Club is owned by two professional comedians who use their comedic chops to book an eclectic cast of the country’s top-touring chuckle manufacturers. Comedy-cravers can check the schedule to select the ideal show for their comedic preferences, with options like stand-up jokester John DiCrosta on December 17–19 and Latino comedy nights on every first and third Thursday of the month. With this deal, holiday gift-searchers can give the gift of laughter to anyone who hasn't giggled since Jimmy Carter's spandex-laden foray into wrestling.
At Java Joe's, guests sip freshly made coffee drinks and graze baked goods, rummage through a collection of eclectic clothing and merchandise, and tap toes to live tunes. Baristas blend aromatic shots of espresso with frothy milk riddled with chocolaty notes to create a 16- or 20-ounce café mocha ($3.85–$4.25). Utilitarian cups of joe ($1.95 for 16 oz.; $2.25 for 20 oz.) fill mugs for on-the-go sippers and bulk beans ($13.95/lb.) allow customers to bring robust flavors and caffeine-jolts home. Pluck a pastry from a bakery filled with treats, such as scones ($2.45), chocolate-filled croissants ($2.95), and cheesecakes ($3.75) that quench food cravings and hush grumbling tummies like a swallowed Paul Simon 8-track.