Streets of London Pub harks back to traditional London pubs with ice-cold pints and ample coverage of rugby and soccer. On the menu of hearty English fare, fries in the witness-protection program call themselves "chips" and lay low under toppings such as gravy, cheese and beans, or cheese and bacon, or pair up with fish in a platter of classic fish 'n' chips. The bangers-and-mash meal allows thick, juicy sausages to snuggle up on a hill of mashed potatoes. Along with food, the pub dishes out events; diners can throw back Guinnesses during weekly pub quizzes, compete for everlasting fame during monthly bingo tournaments, or stop in for Pint Night to enjoy pints on the outdoor patio.
The Buggy Whip shuttles diners back in history to an era when meat and potatoes ruled the roost at dinnertime. Open since 1958, the family-owned steak house brims with more vintage ambiance than the century-old wine corks that form the Statue of Liberty. Customers’ knives liberate savory juices from rib eyes as forks dive into dishes of sizzling scampi and herbed scallops. At lunch, diners can savor hearty broiled sirloins stuffed with sautéed mushrooms and peppers or lighter plates flanked with cottage cheese and tomatoes. In addition to serving steaks, seafood, and potables in the dining room seven days a week, the restaurant accommodates groups by building banquet spreads from fare such as prime rib, teriyaki chicken, and sweet, creamy cheesecake.
"Ornate" and "sweeping" only begin to describe the Crest Theatre, whose rich history extends back to 1912, when it was opened as a vaudeville house. Within its gargantuan auditorium, plush seats perch in subtly curved rows while elaborate lights and a sea-blue ceiling wash the space in ethereal hues. Moviegoers settle into the elegant confines to take in both new and classic films, reading the subtitles in a whisper to stuffed animals that forgot their glasses. Out in the lobby, a richly patterned carpet and bronzed floral motif cover the sprawling space as visitors belly up to the bar and snack on high-quality goodies.
Laughter is the best medicine, though it tends to be the worst legal defense. Salute the healing art of stand-up with today's Groupon: for $14, you get $50 worth of cover, admission, food, drinks, and merchandise at Laughs Unlimited. Essentially, once you’ve paid for entry and cover to the show of your choice, you may use the remainder amount as cash on anything you like. Groupon customers will be seated in the special VIP balcony above the main stage, prime seats for muppet-based heckling.
With 27 years under its seltzer-squirting belt, Laughs Unlimited is the 12th-longest-running comedy club in the country and remains dedicated to hosting the top national comics in a welcoming environment. The club’s "Wall of Shame" features such living legends as Jerry Seinfeld, Dennis Miller, and Dana Carvey, all of whom cut their teeth on Laughs Unlimited’s razor-sharp mics when they were young and hungry and unsitcommed. The club continues to stay relevant in the chucklesphere by playing home to Kevin Pollack (whose Walken impression is still definitive), the wry and charming Jack Gallagher, and Michael Winslow (the sound effects guy from the Police Academy movies). The club hosts comedy shows Sunday, Wednesday, and Thursday nights at 8 p.m., with two shows on Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. The first Wednesday of every month showcases local talent by featuring the funniest youngbloods Sacramento has to offer. Those looking to hone their own comedic chops should make a playlist of nothing but “Lose Yourself” and head to Laughs Unlimited's Open Mic, held every first Tuesday of the month at 7 p.m. ($5 cover).
Laughs Unlimited replenishes busted guts with a fully stocked bar and menu, featuring hearty delights such as the Nacho Mama’s Nachos ($8) and Mexican Street Tacos ($5). And in case Jay Leno shows up and demands his old Laughs Unlimited time slot back, the bar will give you a fighting chance at laughing by flooding you with beers, wine, and specialty cocky tales such as Laughing Gas (Myers’s Dark Rum, crème de cacao, and Buttershots with a Bailey’s float, $7.75).
Recently given a full renovation with new furniture and four plasma-screen TVs, Laughs Unlimited's top-notch AV system will make sure that each punch line is presented with crystal-clear clarity, unless Steven Wright is performing that night. Exercise your flabby funny bone with today’s Groupon to Laughs Unlimited. You can also buy extras as gifts for any friends who’ve never noticed the humorous minutiae of air travel.
Due to the adult subject matter (taxes, working in an office, parenting), customers must be 17 or older.
Yelpers gives Laughs Unlimited four stars:
- I've been to Laughs Unlimited several times over the past few years and I have never been disappointed. It's a small enough club that you get an intimate show- but large enough that the crowd can really let loose. – Linsey F.
- Our server was as good as it gets. She was attentive and got all of our orders straight including the waters. – Coral H.
- I've had many, many laughs here. Even brought an ex-boyfriend to break up with him after the show. – Emily S.
The comedians at Sacramento Comedy Spot, named one of the best places to take a date by Sacramento News & Review readers in 2008, split sides with weekly lineups of improv, sketch-comedy, and standup routines. The club’s various comedy shows transform snacks into projectile objects as guests wet their whistles with beer, and munch on popcorn and candy. Those wanting to try their hands at the laugh-luring profession can participate in an open mic, or enroll in one of the Spot's improv, standup, or sketch classes.
The sushi chefs at Azukar Sushi slice and roll more than 65 varieties of sushi and sashimi to order. Dishes such as tataki tuna and seared salmon carpaccio top sleek white tables at the new West El Camino Avenue location, which surrounds diners with plum-colored walls. Chopsticks can also pluck up pieces of nigiri sushi, such as octopus and fried tofu skin, or tap out bell carols on the sushi bar’s cylindrical hanging lamps. Specialty rolls such as the honey-walnut roll with shrimp tempura arrive artfully arranged on white-porcelain plates.