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.
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.
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).
Parched patrons can mosey over to the polished wood bar to wet their whistles and catch up on sporting events displayed on flat-screen TVs. The bar serves an octet of regular tap beers, supplemented by a varied selection of bottled brews and Beringer Founders' Estate wines, and swaps out half of its typical taps for a rotating selection of microbrews and specialty brews on Saturdays. Third Rail also hosts an open mic on Tuesday nights, perfect for emerging vocal artists or experienced artists yearning to break from the tyrannical hold of Garfunkel.
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.