When barbecue-chicken sandwiches, teriyaki burgers, and a bunch of beef tacos washed up on Margarita Beach, the clouds began hurling large beerdrops earthward and the breeze blew away the sand to reveal a dance floor. Soon, DJs and bartenders flocked to the site, bringing with them stories of ‘80s-themed parties, beer pong, more beer pong, and Fist-Pumpin’ Fridays that quickly attracted crowds of people hungry for food and entertainment. TVs eventually got wind of all the excitement. So, they packed their vacuum tubes and flew in with visions of UFC fights and college sports. To this day, partiers still take in the open air on a patio that a nameless sailor left behind, feeling the delicious weight of turkey hoagies in their hands, thanking heaven for quesadillas, buying cocktails for pictures of bikini-clad models, and then watching the stars sputter out when Margarita Beach’s clock strikes 2 a.m.
A thatched roof hangs over the namesake bar at Tiki Island Bar & Grill. In addition to sheltering bartenders from the sweltering indoor sun, this tropical decoration pays tribute to the Hawaiian-style dishes that emerge from the kitchen. These include grilled shrimp quesadillas with mango salsa, mahi mahi, and tacos brimming with slow-roasted Kahlua pork. Island ingredients also sneak onto salads in the form of shredded carrots, diced tomatoes, barbecue ranch dressing, and Katsu chicken—a type of deep-fried, panko-crusted tender.
Beyond the tiki bar, more than 30 flat-screen televisions surround a spacious main room replete with four billiards tables.
At Ontario Improv, comics lure laughs from bellies in the hopes of following in the footsteps of standup legends such as Ellen DeGeneres, Chris Rock, Jerry Seinfeld, and Dave Chappelle, all of whom have graced the Improv’s stages. The club's calendar schedules comedians as often as six nights a week, alternating between big-name headliners and up-and-coming performers. As they take in shows, audience members can munch on savory appetizers such as spinach-and-artichoke dip or fried calamari, and sip cocktails to avoid eye contact with the giant rubber chicken sitting at the next table.