Housed in what was once a sprawling textile compound that produced hosiery, The Works at Wyomissing hosts kinetic family outings in a large, historical space. Downstairs, a mammoth game room houses popular video games, such as a sports simulator, Dance Dance Revolution, and diminutive bowling lanes for children.
Upstairs, the Ballocity action center combines the can't-miss fun mix of playground balls, slides, climbing tubes, foam-ball launchers, and grandma's china. Still-remaining historical details add character to the building, including an entrance to 1.5 miles worth of tunnels that once channeled supplies and carried elaborate tin-can phone networks between factory buildings.
Brewer's Bar & Grill's extensive roster of suds, ample calendar of activities, and sports-studded atmosphere draw crowds seven days a week. Rotating seasonal microbrews keep the beer list fresh, and specialty drinks such as the White Gummybear—a concoction of raspberry vodka, Peach Schnapps, and sour mix—give jaded cocktail consumers new liquid territory to explore. The thorough food menu nails pub basics, such as burgers and sandwiches, and then goes above and beyond with steak, crab, shrimp, pierogies, and more. NFL Sunday Ticket beams from 14 flat-screen HDTVs, strategically placed for maximum viewability and minimum government brain-wave interference. Huddled masses yearning to boogie free can swing by for live DJ sounds and karaoke on Wednesdays, and know-it-alls are invited to pummel can't-quite-place-it-alls during Thursday pub trivia.
The Forest Inn is conveniently located 1 block up from the Sovereign Center in downtown Reading. It offers a wide variety of Pub Food and specializes in the Famous Coney Island Hot Dogs, Burgers, & Fresh Cut French Fries. 9 Beers on Tap & 25 Bottles. Check out the old style décor, bar back & tin ceiling dating back to 1867.
At Pike Cafe, the glow of 40 high-def TVs illuminates diners as they fasten their fangs on steaks, seafood, pasta, wings, and more. After browsing a diverse dinner menu, eaters can set off on their gastronomic journey with a starter, such as lobster crostinis ($10.95). Chicken ($13.95), steak ($14.95), and jumbo shrimp ($15.95) fajitas command the attention of ears, snouts, and tongues, popping and sizzling like break dancers on a midsummer's blacktop. Hickory-smoked bacon enrobes the char-grilled classic pike filet mignon, which is garnished with marinated portobello mushrooms and sautéed onions and doused with a veal demi-glaze ($21.95).
The Railroad House's corner bar appeal and faithful airing of favored sporting events helped it earn the honor of being named best neighborhood bar in 2009 by Berks County Living magazine. Their 8 oz. Black Angus burgers beg for customization, with an abundance of complimentary extras that cover everything from spicy patty rubs to extra meats, cheeses, sauces, and more. The menu also offers chicken and cheese steak sandwiches and a variety of specialty hot sandwiches like the Country breaded steak with gravy, the fried cod fish, and the hot dog. In addition to televisions showcasing the latest backgammon tournaments, their bar also has non-sports-related entertainment aplenty, with trivia challenge events, open mic nights, and live music performances.
For more than 15 years, the Reading Comedy Outlet has been busting guts with its weekly slate of up-and-coming laugh larks and old-hand guffaw gurus. Arrive early on a Friday or Saturday evening to stake a prime plot of side-splitting real estate for comic concerts including Vancouver chuckle-chucker Phil Hanley on April 15 and 16, and the two-for-one combo of headliners Davin Rosenblatt and Cal Verduchi in late April. Ticket prices average between $13 and $14 per person. While not included in today's Groupon, the Alley Oops Sports Pub cooks up a full menu that includes sandwiches, funnel-cake fries, and slushies mixed with the flavorful tears of sad clowns.
The owners of Liberty Taproom revere the art of brewing—so much so that they've turned their establishment into a sort of beer museum, filled with framed pictures and steins emblazoned with microbrew brands. American craft and Belgian beers are prominent throughout the 32 taps and more than 500 bottle selections. If the beer menu gets overwhelming, Liberty's staff will happily make recommendations, whether you want to try a beer at the bar or get a mix-and-match six pack of some of the beers for takeout service. As you sip a beer or enjoy some of the restaurant’s creative gastropub fare, you’re encouraged to shoot pool, kick back on the patio, or watch favorite sports teams on the flat-screen televisions.