With 58 schools in 23 states, the inspiring and performance-driven School of Rock enthusiastically infuses fledgling tunesmiths across the nation with the rhythm, skill, and confidence required to rock 'n' roll. Each instructor at the school is a professional musician, and fully equipped with the know-how to catapult instrumentalists to the crest of Mount Rockmore.
Pulsing at the heart of the historic Gaslamp Quarter, Henry's Pub quells ravenous hunger with a menu of California-dipped pub eats braced against a full bar of more than 50 brews. Patrons can paint stomach walls with avocado and yogurt-lime sauce from the lightly battered baja mahi-mahi wrap ($11.50), then lure in art critics by swallowing wine and platters of cheese. The build-your-own pizza ($10+) encompasses dough slathered with homemade marinara and fresh mozzarella, then affixed with a choice of two colorful comestibles such as bacon, mushrooms, and green olives. Henry's signature finnish peppered salmon ($17.50) cruises down esophageal streams under the cover of creamy garlic-dill sauce and mashed potatoes of invisibility. Diners come face-to-face with a fully stocked bar where friendly staffers blend together creative cocktails and douse glasses with house chardonnay ($6). Cold drafts flow from the pub's 10 taps or the voluble lips of more than 40 bottled brews, including Alaskan IPA and Negra Modelo.
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When live music is the antidote for a dull evening, head over to Patrick’s in the Gaslamp. No matter what night of the week you visit, there’s sure to be live blues, soul or rock n’roll blasting from the little stage in the back. Should the evening stay fair, leave your coat at home and grab one of the bar stools on the sidewalk patio for a nice mix of music and people-watching. Inside, the pub shows its Prohibition roots with a full tin ceiling, long bar and ring of seats, if you can get one. Most evenings there’s a standing room only crowd but if you’re looking to rub elbows with the natives, stop by early for happy hour and catch up on the local gossip.
At Mad House Comedy Club, audiences sip on cocktails and feast on pub grub such as house-smoked pulled-pork sandwiches and grilled cheeses stuffed with crab meat, all while nationally touring comedians split their sides with calculated punch lines. Throughout the dining room and performance area, pictures of beloved comedians inspire comics to rise to the hilarious heights of Bill Cosby, Rodney Dangerfield, and Ingmar Bergman and his angst-riddled dummy, Skippy.