All across California, Western Bowling Proprietors Association sends pins scattering at a network of bowling alleys, each with its own personality. In addition to open bowl on automatically scored lanes, many locations host special events that heighten the experience with enhancements such as vibrant lights, lively music, and laser systems that do double duty protecting the alleys' diamond collections. The alleys also house refreshment facilities, pro shops, and diversions that range from arcade games to billiards.
• One pizza (up to a $12.50 value) • One pitcher of beer (a $20 value) • One hour of pool (an $18 value) • Valet parking (a $4 value) Spot 5750 maintains an exclusive, hedonistic atmosphere with more than 60 plasma HDTVs in 25,000 square feet of space. Pop by for dinner or a midnight snack: the kitchen at Spot 5750 stays open until 1:30 a.m., fueling late-night revelry and helping owls to wake up in time for their favorite infomercials. Gourmet pizzas arrive in four flavors, including barbecue chicken, which blends three cheeses, red onion, and cilantro with its namesake poultry ($12.50), classic pepperoni ($11), a ham, sausage, pepperoni and ground beef meat lovers' pie ($12.50), and mixed vegetable, which mixes three cheeses, onion, pepper, and mushrooms ($12). Diners can wash down their meals with a pitcher of brew from the full bar, sharing glasses with friends or any stranger bold enough to bring an extra-long straw.
Not much has changed at Jake's of Pasadena since 1947, the year the diner first opened its doors along historic Route 66 in Old Town Pasadena. The eatery recalls Southern California's golden era of surf music, hot rods, and drive-ins through its nostalgic decor and classic diner grub. Feel free to build your own burger ($5.99+) or outsource the decision-making to the cooks by ordering one of Jake's signature menu items, such as the BBQ cheeseburger ($7.99). You can complement any sandwich with chili fries or onion rings or sip a shake while you gossip about which mailman is stealing the football team's letterman jackets. There's also a billiards room downstairs that is open nightly.
Of all the things a bar could be well known for, eggs might be low on the list. At Baddeley's Pourhouse, however, pickled eggs become unlikely stars, especially when washed down with iconic crimson, blue, and silver cans of Pabst Blue Ribbon. As patrons cluster in choruses of clinking cans and glasses, games flicker to life on seven high-definition televisions, which helped earn the tavern the No. 3 spot on CityVoter's list of Best Sports Bars in 2011. In a neon halo, a computerized jukebox spills out tunes and secret aspirations of becoming a food replicator on a starship missions. The cinnamon-hued felt of the pool table washes into the colors of red-topped bar stools, where customers perch as they order from the daily specials or discuss forming a synchronized swimming team for sponsorship by the alehouse.