If grapes could talk, they'd recount their dreams, the first time they got plucked, and the first time they felt victimized by nature's rumor mill—the vine. Taste the tales of the grape with today's Groupon: for $7, you get $15 worth of wine, beer, and liquor at Pockets Liquors.
Sporty's Westside Pub, a classic bar complete with three shimmering pool tables and burbling fountains of draft beer, provides a libation-fueled oasis seven days a week. During happy hour, held every weekday from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m., domestic bottles ($2) slide into hands and draft beers such as Pabst, Yuengling, and Keystone ($1.50+) meet sippers' lips. Pitchers of Woodchuck Cider ($7) water groups of friends, and the bar's $1 shots incite bubbly conversations about which of the pool tables would be the easiest to nap atop.
The Acting Studio @PACT's 90-minute workshops are scheduled once a week (Saturdays or Sundays) for six weeks, and each one prepares actors for a variety of screen and stage challenges. With thorough preparation in auditioning, directing, impromptu performances, and staging your own kidnapping and heroic release, performing participants will quickly gain the tools necessary to shoot to local stardom.
As its name suggests, Poor Paul’s Pourhouse provides patrons exclusively with pourables including beer, cocktails, and shots. The bar features a number of freebies such as dartboards with steel-tip darts, four pool tables, and Thursday-night trivia. On Sundays and Mondays, the staff complements drinks with slices of free Gumby’s pizza. The interior features classic, unpretentious wood accents that suggest a recreational haven more than a stuffy boardroom. High-backed wood booths broadcast their coziness and ability to promote posture better than a drill sergeant teaching first graders to the drinkers reveling under understated track lighting. Owner Jim Smith has been preserving this familiar bar atmosphere since taking it over in 1976.
Movies 8’s towering vertical sign flashes its red letters and pastel colors at passersby, enticing them to step inside and enjoy a night at the cinema. In the lobby, black-and-white checkered tiles, pink and orange walls, and neon signs hark back to the 1950s, when ladies often wore polka-dot dresses and gentlemen still slicked back their pompadours with crude motor oil. Before feasting their eyes on recently released blockbusters stretched across the silver screen, moviegoers line up at the snack counter, where an old-fashioned menu displays the theater’s bounty of popcorns, snacks, and drinks. Once movies let out, guests can test their button-mashing mettle in Movies 8’s arcade, which has its own separate nook.
On any given day, the bartenders at The Brass Tap run down a long line of taps?more than 60, in fact?to pull pours of craft brews. These selections rotate regularly, and guests can check out what's available by scanning the colorful chalkboard or hiring a private eye. Beyond that, the many bottled beers that stock the bar's fridges tip the beer list over the 200 mark. These brews pair with live music and a simple but satisfying menu that includes prime rib nachos, paninis, and pizzas made with a pretzel crust.