Monopolizing pins on the north and south sides of town, Palasad's pair of striking citadels steeps rows of vintage, 10-pin lanes and gourmet kitchens in colourful 1960s charm. At Palasad South, black lights, lasers, and 10 projection screens propel vintage trappings into the future, when bowling will become the international language of diplomacy. Prize-heavy arcades, new ping-pong rooms with cushioned athletic floors, and Brunswick Gold Crown pool tables at both locations provide nonlinear entertainment. Parties of up to 500 guests may rent out a network of rooms, such as the La Fiamma Dining Room, where pizzas and wings roast in wood-fired ovens.
A vibrant live-music venue, APK Live regales diners with an ever-changing lineup of local acts that’s complemented by a menu of locally sourced gastropub fare. Two orders of the sliders 3 ways quell growling bellies with either quinoa, lamb, or pulled pork sandwiches (a $12 value each). A trio of quinoa sliders comes blanketed by caramelized onions and roasted red peppers, while the lamb sliders are coupled with fresh basil and curry aioli. Pulled pork sliders are smothered lovingly by ale-infused barbecue sauce. Though this Groupon is valid for two PBRs (a $5.25 value each), APK Live has more than a dozen draft and bottled beers, such as a dark and frothy Mill St. Cobblestone stout or a Blanche de Chambly wheat ale, which render gullets yodel-ready.
Rainbow Cinema's downtown multiplex nestled inside Citi Plaza beckons audiences to attend current releases of Hollywood blockbusters, comedies, and dramas. Silver screens bathe eyeballs with a changing line-up of seven current films, with new arrivals weekly to relieve viewers of repetitive staring contests with film extras. A grand lobby greets entering patrons as they grab a bite at the snack bar before proceeding on to their chosen screenings.
At Mill Pond Tap and Grill, bartenders fill mammoth 60-ounce mugs with fresh brews every night of the week, pouring to the tune of live music on Saturday nights and the soulful crooning of locals on Friday Karaoke nights. A recently updated menu fuels the revelry, with a diverse cast of pastas, wraps, and burgers effectively hushing the howls of outspoken digestive tracts. In between bites, visitors chuck darts at insolent bull's eyes and blow referee whistles at billiards players who shoot out of turn.