Nightlife in Stratford

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Based on the American classic by John Steinbeck, Frank Galati's Tony Award–winning stage adaptation of The Grapes of Wrath represents an onstage gale of acting chops, emotion, and clever puppet commentary from the opera box. Antoni Cimolino, general director of the theatre, also directs this classic Great Depression–era tale of a family's migration from Oklahoma to California in the 1930s and the challenges they face in a series of migrant-worker camps. The cast includes award-winning veterans of The Canadian Stage Company, Vancouver Playhouse, and collaborators of visionary thespian Robert Lepage. Both an entertaining and educational windfall, this production of The Grapes of Wrath creates opportunities for field trips, peer bonding, or an undeserved afternoon of fun for complacent dependants. This play is suitable for ages 12 and older.

55 Queen St
Stratford,
ON
CA

Maxwell's Music House encompasses both a live performance venue and a music school where professional teachers instruct students in their choice of instrument and style during half-hour lessons. Parents can enrol kids or sign themselves up to learn to sing, beat drums, learn piano or use telekinesis to pluck the strings of electric, acoustic, and bass guitars. A range of music styles abounds to sate most musical appetites, including rock, pop, jazz, classical, and blues. Learn to read music in one of the jam space practice rooms, or practice rock star air splits during lessons on the facility's real concert stage. Meanwhile, instructors with extensive professional performing experience guide maestros-to-be as they learn the finer points of playing favourite songs using their own instruments or one of the facility's provided song-makers. Students can take home an optional recording of their lessons, with which can be used to track personal progress or to lure wild guitars from their caves.

220 King St N
Waterloo,
ON
CA

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.

777 Adelaide St N
London,
ON
CA

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.

340 Wellington St
London,
ON
CA

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.

2008 Dorchester Road
Dorchester,
ON
CA