Trout's proudly and strongly retains the music traditions that were imported to Bakersfield via underground honky-tonk pipelines in the 1940s. The nightclub/dance hall/saloon offers up live music nightly ($5 cover charge), with area instrumentalists, karaoke aces, and mysterious, guitar-slinging drifters with hat brims pulled over their eyes taking to the Trout's Legends or Blackboard stages. Toast the sound of house band the Blackboard Playboys with a drink ($2.50–$8), or train your heels to boot, scoot, and boogie with Trout's line dance classes ($5), offered throughout the week. Trout's also houses an extensive collection of authentic memorabilia ($5–$2,000), with signed celebrity guitars and artifacts from the "Bakersfield sound" era of country music, made famous by belt-buckled Bakersfield residents Buck Owens and Merle Haggard.
As if the hearty burgers and bubbly beer weren't enough of a draw, Amestoy's on the Hill lavishes patrons in a sense of warmth and community that it's been honing since 1948. The local institution boasts plenty of history in addition to its carefully crafted sandwiches and spirits, and offers a strong sense of community with events such as karaoke, Superbowl parties, and chili cook-offs.
Expert mane mavens at Blo-Out Lounge, which has garnered shout-outs from LA Girl, help guests choose one of five blow-out options, including Big Sexy Hair, with volume and curls, or the straight, sleek look of Urban Girl. Before sudsing up and styling locks, tress tamers evaluate the hair's condition and select a preexisting Bumble and bumble hair mask or whip up a custom creation. The masks soak into strands beneath a hot-towel wrap for about 10 minutes, and, depending on the mask, quench parched skull grass, bolster thickness, or make hair shinier than a bald head dipped in liquid gold.
The creative founders of Pinot's Palette are inspired by lots of things, but one quote from Picasso may define their business best: ?Every child is an artist," said the painter. "The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up.? Pinot's Palette has one solution: laid-back painting sessions set at their studios and at local bars that let participants of any artistic level follow along to an artist's step-by-step instructions. The result is individual renditions of handsome paintings such as an autumn tree at dusk, a bright blue peacock, or a city skyline rising above bustling streets. Students take their paintings home with them at the end of the class and often end up displaying them on walls or giving them to a parent in exchange for hugs.
Live musicians and DJs add a rhythmic sway to the steps of guests toting frosty bottles of beers and salt-flecked margaritas from Norwood Bar & Lounge's gleaming counter. Light caroms off black leather seating and red walls from overhead chandeliers, and soft chatter drifts between candles or distracts golden-retriever quarterbacks on the flat-screen television. Themed parties and dance events fuel revelry, and drinks rise toward the ornate paneled metal ceiling to meet in happy toasts.
Within Valley Wing Pit Sports Bar & Grill, referee-jersey-clad waiters circulate the sprawling 5,000-square-foot sports bar, serving heaping plates of wings slathered in eight sauces. The bar boasts 19 screens flickering with sports games or the anguished postgame depression of refs. There's even a giant projection screen fitted into a yellow goalpost. Nine draft beers and numerous bottled beers complement the serving of grilled eats, such as hoagie-wrapped brats and 16-inch four-cheese pizzas. Despite its focus on wings, the bar does present an all-you-can-eat salad bar, which shouldn't be taken literally, since they need the lettuce tongs for tomorrow's patrons.