Time to Laugh Comedy Club has earned a black belt in gut busting by providing well-known and amateur stand-ups from across North America a stage from which to cast their punch lines. December’s rotating lineup sports a cabal of Canadian joke hurlers such as impressionist Mark Walker and observational cannon Mike Harrison, as well as the hard-rocking riffs of musical comic Jay Brown. With seating for more than 200 audience members, the club pleasantly accommodates pairs and clusters of friends determined to break the monotony of hosting monotony nights at home. Time to Laugh is situated in the Hub of Kingston, making it a convenient comedic nightcap after dinner or a business-casual food fight at one of the many neighbouring restaurants.
Kingston Rowing Club was founded as a not-for-profit organization in 1978, and operates on the efforts of its volunteer staff. This impassioned group of rowers trains teams for and participates in many regattas each year, and has produced multiple members of the Canadian national rowing team.
Kingston Rowing Club’s coxswains shout orders and spout encouragement to their water-slicing teams of adult and junior rowers. Participants in both recreational and competitive programs row their shells across Inner Harbour, and the club’s prerequisite for either program is the Learn to Row class, which introduces novices to the sport of crew.
Hailing from channels such as Comedy Central, HBO, and BET, the energetic performers at Last Laff Bar & Grill keep audience members howling into heaping plates of American comfort food. Guests can guffaw to the candid remarks of actress and former Playboy playmate Julie Michelle McCullough, the witty jabs of Danny Liberto, or the biting, quick-witted pocket shark of veteran comedian Steve Sabo. Once they're nestled into plush, royal-purple booths, visitors can chortle over forkfuls of N.Y. strip steak rubbed in Montreal seasoning or a 14-ounce chunk of beer-battered haddock as comedians stand alone on a simple corner stage backed by marbled red-and-white bricks. Since acts change weekly, guests can check the schedule to choose a favored performer.
Situated at the long wooden bar, visitors to Vino Lounge browse a list of more than 30 wines by the bottle and 15 by the glass, each displayed along tall racks before their eyes. On the quiet patio, they dine and drink al fresco, perhaps pairing house-made sangria with food from sister business Marvin Mozzeroni's, which occupies the building's main level. The Messenger Post wrote that the semi-subterranean room "begs for visitors to sit down, relax and melt the work week away" by tossing their briefcases into the fireplace, while bartenders help even novice wine-drinkers "no longer fear wine."
Combining a full bar and contemporary menu with the amenities of a modern pool hall, Six Pockets appeals to hungry stomachs and competitive appetites alike. Eschew the finery of flatware for a more digit-friendly approach by dining on an appetizing array of finger foods, such as the five-piece potato skins ($7.99). Or, fall fork-first into a caesar ($5.99), or buffalo-chicken-finger salad ($8.99). Team sandwich produces a plate-worthy starting lineup of burgers ($5.99+), wraps ($6.99+), and clubs ($5.99+), and eight draft beers await to take the edge off of roaring-hot buffalo wings ($9.99 for 10 wings), or hair-raising run-ins with the ghost of Minnesota Fats.
Bathtub Billy's team of servers and brew-slingers fulfill guests bellied up to the bar or dining on the two-tiered outdoor deck with the menu's variety of American pub fare. Perform avant-garde victory dances after delving into an array of burgers that includes the Tailgater's steak bomber ($8.99), a succulent blitz of grilled sirloin, mushrooms, and bleu cheese. Grill artists douse roaster-sized chicken wings ($7.79/lb.) in 11 different kinds of sauces, and flatbread pizzas ($7.99) warm evenly over the open flames. Olympic rings ($7.99) make a gold-medal landing into mouths with battered onions layered in a sash of mozzarella and hot sauce. Little ones feel more appreciated by the restaurant's kid's menu, which brims with smaller options, than they would by receiving a birthday call from Luke Skywalker.
A mainstay for Best Irish Pub on Rochester Democrat and Chronicle's annual Rochester's Choice list, Johnny's Irish Pub welcomes the neighborhood in for appetizing eats and enticing alcoholic drinks. Mouth-mow your way through the menu, starting with a dozen jumbo buffalo-chicken wings ($8), served with blue cheese and celery sticks, or the nacho supreme ($7), which heaps melted cheese, tomatoes, jalapeños, and Johnny's hot meat sauce onto a tower of tortilla chips. Bread-and-bun-bookended offerings include a turkey or corned-beef Reuben ($7), a chicken Caesar wrap ($7), and a jumbo hot dog with sauerkraut ($4.50), as well as paninis ($7.50)—all are served with a side of chips, macaroni salad, or potato salad. Slide up to the bar and order a perfectly poured pint of Guinness before subsequently pouring it into your mouth chalice.