Located in a repurposed Santa Fe railroad station, Pacific Wine Merchants pours a rotating selection of 24 wines and purveys a stock of delicious cigars. Grape enthusiasts looking for a wine tasting ($16–$22) can sample the bar's current lineup by the ounce. Servings are dispensed via an automated Enomatic system, which is designed to prevent waste, preserve freshness, and fill corkscrews with feelings of inadequacy. Recent offerings from the tasting rotation have included a Rombauer merlot, a cabernet sauvignon from Jam Cellars, and a Rusack syrah. While sipping reds and whites, patrons can nibble cheeses, cold cuts, and garlic bread, which are included with the tasting price. Microbrews ($4.50) from local beer factories are also on tap, standing by to ensure that thirst is extinguished faster than a fire at Sea World.
Exhilarating music pulses amid the remains of a downed cargo airliner, its wreckage scattered across 4,000 square feet of fog-filled tropical beach. Two teams navigate through these surroundings—dodging strewn pieces of cargo, abandoned huts, and a miniature volcano. Black lights cause Laser Island's neon hues to burst to life. The red-orange glow of the volcano's lava, the vibrant green of the painted palm fronds, and the cerulean blue of the walls' ocean horizon all shine alongside the green flashes of streaking lasers. After roughly 20 minutes, the guests emerge and discover which team scored the most points.
Beyond laser tag, the family-friendly entertainment center features a number of activities for virtually all ages. A nine-hole tiki-themed miniature-golf course challenges hand-eye coordination, and the CoCo Climb station allows adventurers to scale a 20-foot coconut tree while safely supported by a weight-bearing harness and an invisible force field. The arcade section tempts passersby to spend a few tokens on games such as Ms. Pac-Man or Time Crisis 3, and certain games reward players with tickets that they can redeem for prizes at the Ticket Hut. In between games or laser-tag matches, Laser Island refuels visitors with a snack-bar menu that includes everything from pizzas and toasted sandwiches to salads and buffalo wings.
Held twice weekly, Liquorama’s wine tastings pair complex flavors and seductive aromas of five to eight wines with a staggering selection of bottles. With an idiosyncratic array of velvety libations gathered from foreign and domestic vineyards, the stock harbors exceptional discoveries, ranging from lively zinfandels to smooth syrahs. Upcoming tasting varietals include a 2007 Santa Rita Medalla Real ($15.99) and a 2009 Saints Valley zinfandel ($10.99), carefully sidestepping carbonated, neon-green cabernets imported from a future with no taste. Cheese and crackers stem the flood of delectable drinks and distract epicurean pairs from befuddlement at each other’s newly acquired French accents. Tastings last for two hours, after which guests can peruse the store’s vast selection of in-store wines or select a bottle showcased in their tasting with a $20 credit.
Billiards & Barstools furnishes recreational fortresses with barstools, pool tables, and functional wall adornments. Customers can peruse the expansive collection of bar furniture, which includes Tempo 10-pin and 8 ball barstools ($272.50), each with a variety of customizable finishes and fabric options to coordinate with pool tables and home-team uniform colors. In addition, billiard lighting fixtures ($384.99+) can add elegance to game rooms and illuminate shots on tables such as the Brunswick Allenton ($1,979). The Brunswick Kicker foosball table features a sturdy cabinet for intense miniature soccer matches ($449), whereas McDermott pool cues ($74.50+) alleviate the pressure of having to play games of telekinetic eight ball. Billiards & Barstools' owners work alongside their expert staff to personally guide customers in their quest for pool accouterments. In addition to an array of top-brand furniture and equipment, customers within a 25-mile radius of the Upland showroom will receive free delivery and setup.