Bars & Clubs

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Posted October 8, 2009 in Best of

Lounge 33 in Riverside

It’s posh, it’s sexy and it’s in Riverside. This bar is a lustrous gem with swanky swigs and an aperitive cuisine. The mood is tailored for those ready to unwind and those eager to mingle. It’s the place to have an artisan martini and a flirty exchange. 

Lounge 33, 3639 Riverside Plaza Dr., Riverside, (951) 784-4433; www.loungethirtythree.com.

 

BEST DYKE BAR 

The V.I.P. Nightclub in Riverside

Madonna’s music is eternal—and forever on the playlist (along with Basement Jaxx) at Riverside’s premier alternative lifestyle hot spot. The bartenders know how to pour here—and this place literally (look on the roof) flies the rainbow flag proudly.

The V.I.P. Nightclub, 3673 Merrill Ave., Riverside, (951) 784-2370; www.vip-nightclub.com.

 

BEST JAZZ CLUB

Hip Kitty Jazz and Fondue in Claremont

It’s just the place for any classy cool cat to reside. With basslines from here to the Savoy and a rattling high hat that never seems to cease, this is where Satchmo would have retired to.
Hip Kitty, 502 W. 1st St. HYPERLINK "" \t "_parent" , Claremont, HYPERLINK "" \t "_parent"  (909) 447-6700; www.hipkittyjazz.com.

 

BEST PICKUP BAR 

Killarney’s in Riverside

It’s the pub that’s quite right for any born-and-bred boozehound. They’ve got copious amounts of liquor and enough legit shamrock brews to satisfy any Irish village drunkard. The waitresses sport little plaid kilts, but we know you’d step over half-a-dozen scantily clad ladies just to get to a pint of Guinness. Sláinte!   

Killarney’s Restaurant and Irish Pub, 3639 Riverside Plaza Dr. Ste 532, Riverside, (951) 682-2933; www.killarneys.com.

 

BEST DANCE CLUB

Brandin‘ Iron in San Bernardino

This Corral is more than just O.K. There ain’t much hang fire at the B.I with new promos every night of the week. So kick on your snakeskin dancin boots, order your happy sally straight up and get down at this all-fired Tennessee honky tonk.      

Brandin‘ Iron Saloon & Dance Hall, 320 S. “E” St., San Bernardino, (909) 888-7388; www.brandinironsaloon.com.

 

BEST CLUB DJ

Luvtek

The electro/house rhythms that have been getting your booty shakin at certain Club Sevilla nights have been coming from Luvtek. Looking for this DJ’s M.I.A. or Justice remixes? Get your butt on the dancefloor then!

Check out what all the dance music hysteria’s all about at www.myspace.com/luvtekmusic.

 

BEST STRIP CLUB

Larry Flynt’s Hustler Club in Redlands

A full bar, $2 steaks every Tuesday and a bit of T ‘n’ A—Okay I’m under-exaggerating . . . There’s enough long-legged ponies at this club to kick-start Hefner’s heart and make even Mötley Crüe blush—maybe.   

Larry Flynt’s Hustler Club, 1331 W. Colton Ave., Redlands, (909) 798-6330; www.hustlerclubs.com.

 

BEST BAR

The Royal Falconer in Redlands

It resembles a pub straight outta that place with bad teeth and worse weather. . . Yep, yep, foggy olde London. The Falconer features English grub such as shepherd’s pie and bangers and mash, and it goes without saying that this is where tankards can mind their pints and quarts.  

The Royal Falconer British Pub & Restaurant, 106 Orange St., Redlands, (909) 307-8913; www.royalfalconerca.com.

 

BEST BREWPUB

Omaha Jack’s

If you’re talking the best out of five, Omaha Jack’s is rockin aces over kings. With super-bomb barbeque and Thirsty Thursdaze, don’t bother ordering beers to go. Keep it simple and double up on Bradley Nowell and order a 64-oz. growler for the road.      

Omaha Jack’s, 11837 Foothill Blvd., Rancho Cucamonga, (909) 477-4377; www.omahajacks.com.

 

BEST COCKTAIL BAR

The Vault Martini Bar in Redlands

As stiff as a strong martini but nowhere near as dry. The Vault is a cool place to enjoy a cocktail, live music and spinning by DJ Hobo. But don’t forget to drink with your pinky out.    

The Vault Martini Bar, 14 E. Vine St, Redlands, (909) 798-2399; 

www.myspace.com/thevaultmartinibar.

 

BEST WINE BAR

dba256 Gallery Wine Bar in Pomona

If the red and white is your thing (no, not Budweiser—the other red and white) dba256 boast 200 varieties of the corked stuff. Featuring contemporary artwork, this is unquestionably the place to sip on a bottle . . . or two.

dba256 Gallery Wine Bar, 256 S. Main St., Pomona, (909) 623-7600‎; www.dba256.com.

 

BEST GAY BAR  

The Lark in San Bernardino

Another alternative lifestyle bar that gets high marks in the IE, The Lark’s got cheap drinks, line dancing and let’s not forget Macho Mondays. Don’t forget $3 you-call-its every Friday night. 

The Lark, 917 Inland Center Dr., San Bernardino, (909) 884-8770; www.the-lark.com, www.myspace.com/thelarksb.

 

BEST DIVE BAR

Kicks Sports Pub

According to new owner Rick Schneider, Kicks was the kind of bar that attracted a “rough” crowd—the kind of place that seemed to attract cops every night. Now that Rick’s in charge, this friendly neighborhood pub has retained its “dive bar” cool but lost its unruly reputation. Now, with two happy hours, a full bar, karaoke and an every-Sunday pool tournament, Kicks is now the place you can peacefully drink your troubles away—and not worry about trouble finding  you.

Kicks Sports Pub, 16788 Arrow Blvd., Fontana, (909) 350-1160.

 

BEST KARAOKE BAR

Redlands Underground in Redlands

Two dollar wells and domestic! Nothing like a little liquid courage to get you belting the high notes. Redlands Underground has a reputation for cheap libations and delectable appetizers which, in the company of high spirited wannabe “Idols,” is a necessary pre-requisite for a great time. 

Redlands Underground, 19 E. Citrus Ave. Ste. 103, Redlands, (909) 798-1500; www.myspace.com/redlandsunderground.

 

BEST IRISH BAR

Liam’s Irish Pub in Colton

The people keep coming back to Liam’s. Is it the cold ones, the live music or the tempting bar food? Some say it’s a trifecta effect but others might say it’s the party. Patrons know how to throw a couple back, shake to music and have a damn good Saturday night.

Liam’s Irish Pub, 1087 S. Mount Vernon Ave., Colton, (909) 422-9900; www.myspace.com/liamsirishpubcolton.

 

BEST SMOKING BAR

Hard Hat Sports Bar in Norco

Hard Hat is ground zero for the avid smoker. It’s the place to smoke a dirty, chug some brewskies and gawk at your barely-dressed waitress. There aren’t many places in SoCal where you can smoke indoors and watch a lingerie party unfold while drinking with your buddies. 

Hard Hat Sports Bar, 1950 S. Four Wheel Dr., Norco (951) 734-0276; www.hardhatssportsbar.com.

 

BEST HAPPY HOUR 

Tequila Hoppers Bar and Grill in Upland

Half-off drinks is sure to provoke some happiness. At Tequila Hoppers the bargain makes it easy to throw back one too many. Not too worry, the happy hour menu also helps to take the edge off the Purple Hooters and Cactus Coolers. 

Tequila Hoppers, 60 N. Mountain Ave., Upland, (909) 985-9114; www.tequilahoppers.com.

 

BEST JUKEBOX 

The Sire in Riverside

Can’t  go wrong with a place with the best jukebox around. Known for its stiff (and cheap) drinks and an old-man bar reputation, The Sire’s where you want to be where the prime rib dinners are affordable, $20 will get you drunk and your favorite Steely Dan tune is just a buck away.

The Sire, 6440 Magnolia Ave., Riverside, (951) 683-7473.


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