Entice appetites with starters such as chicken livers in peri-peri sauce and tomato-onion gravy ($6.99), or more-conventional bite-sizers such as samosas ($7.99) or Hout Bay calamari served with homemade garlic mayonnaise ($7.99). Under the protection of divey décor (plastic fish, Christmas lights, and sports-tuned televisions), mine heaps of heartier fare such as Guinness stew, rich with the dark brew and chunks of filet mignon ladled over a pile of mashed potatoes ($14.99). The South African favorites on Springbok’s menu are “refined, with more attention to detail than the atmosphere would suggest,” according to the Los Angeles Times. Rudder hard to starboard and encircle Durban-style curry of the day with sambals and pappadum ($13.99), or a South African sausage sandwich ($8.99).
At Jillian's, a colorful, 10-lane alley, a nightclub ambiance pairs with modern d?cor and ample entertainment to host parties. A restaurant sates between-set hunger pains with a menu of American eats such as hot wings, burgers, and pizzas. On Fridays and Saturdays, Jillian's hosts club nights, during which a sound system pumps music. Four billiard tables draw pool sharks, and guests can also enjoy an arcade of 84 electronic games between songs or bowling frames. For birthday parties, a private suite hosts up to 50 people who can play Wii games on a giant projector screen. The venue itself can accommodate anywhere from ten to 1,200 guests and also provides catering.
The poultry patrons at Big Wangs give smashmouth sports fans their fill of multiple HD screens, affordable drinks, and gigantic, tasty wings at a lively East Coast–style bar atmosphere. Browse the menu to find an array of tangy sauces, from garlic buffalo to chipotle barbecue, to deck out the plump drumettes ($6.49–$18.75). Pair a frothy 34-ounce brew, such as Sierra Nevada ($9.50), with the tasty tater tots ($3.50) to lovingly douse the championship coach within your stomach. Diners can also dig their digits into savory handhelds such as the blackened ahi sandwich ($12.49) or Big Wangs burger ($9.99).
One night at a bar in Devlin, Ireland, a fight broke out, a baby was born, and that same child immediately entered into the scuffle. As the story goes, in the years that followed, this incredible boy would lose his left eye and travel to America, where he found a nation in the throes of Prohibition. So the young man took his family's whiskey recipe and started delivering the libation to people's front doors, becoming the world's most renowned bootlegger. He also found some time to invent rock 'n' roll.
These are just a few of the incredible feats attributed to Reilly, the namesake folk hero of Rock & Reilly's. While the young man's legend might be questionable, the rock pub that's plastered with his eye-patched visage has earned a very real reputation for its whiskeys and brews. Surrounded by exposed-brick walls, bartenders pour Guinness and concoct dozens of mixed drinks with names like Dead Beat Dad and Spicy Slapper—a vodka drink with watermelon, jalapeño, lime, and cranberry. The libations pair well with a lineup of pub food, including five kinds of grilled cheese.
Since the pub opened in 2011, its selection of drinks and grub have attracted the attention of numerous news outlets and celebrities; starlets including Nicole Richie and Zooey Deschanel have attended parties there.
Rich Schmutzler and Nick Leonard, co-owners of GYM Sportsbar, had a lot in common: they were both varsity athletes in college, loved to watch sports, and felt left out as sports fans in the gay community. To fix that, they founded GYM Sportsbar in New York City—a dedicated sports bar that played video and audio simultaneously. The concept caught on so quickly that they decided to open a second hub in L.A. “When we first started, I got a lot of Scooby Doo faces, like, ‘huh?’” Schmutzler told the Los Angeles Times in a 2009 article about the business. But soon, those questioning looks turned into smiles as mostly male crowds began flooding to the West Hollywood GYM. Today, they host weekday happy hours along with gatherings for recreational sports teams, alumni associations, and other local groups.
Trunks Bar has been serving LA’s gay community for 25 years, and it might just feel like it’s the ‘80s as live DJs pump out oldies and pop hits from the halcyon days of dance music. This club and sports bar mixes drinks such as the Trunks Cooler, a tropical blend of Svedka vodka, Malibu, and juice, to get the crowd ready for the nightly DJ sets. On Mondays and Tuesdays, music from the ‘70s and ‘80s echoes throughout the bar. On Thursdays, DJ Draven takes requests and guests can “Spin the Wheel” to win hot shot specials. And weekends belong to DJ Bobby Spins and DJ Carlos, who understand that a fun night entails great tunes from the days before MacBooks learned to write music criticism.