The Hunt: Rainy Day Hideaways
April 19, 2012
Global – Every week, The Purple Passport team goes out in search of a designated item in whatever city our team members happen to be in at that time. We wanted to share with you, our readers, some of our finds from around the world. This week, in honor of April showers, we thought we’d share some of our favorite rainy day places we like to wile the soggy days in. Some of our spots feed the mind, others feed our tummies; whichever works for you best, we hope you have a few new ideas on how to pass those rainy day blues!
The Last Bookstore
Los Angeles, CA
The Skinny: If it ever rained in Southern California, I wouldn’t mind getting stuck in the rain for hours at this downtown bookstore. Housed in the historic Citizens National Bank building, the 10,000-square-foot space features loads of new and used books (the $1 bargain book room is especially fun) as well as a records section (yes: vinyl!), coffee bar, and performance stage where bands drop in to jam. The leather sofas invite you to curl up with a new volume or merely sit and contemplate the swooping sculpture of paperbacks mounted on the wall.
Madison Square Garden; New York, NY
The Skinny: I would hardly consider myself a sports fan but I was an active team player in the past and am embarrassingly competitive. Whenever possible, and especially when raining, I absolutely love going to a live basketball games at MSG. The energy is infectious. Not to mention that the venue also sees some impressive musical acts. Madonna in November, anyone?
Shang Palace at The Shangri-La Hotel; Abu Dhabi, UAE
Weekend Price 138 AED (~37 USD), less on weekdays for unlimited dim sum
The Skinny: It doesn’t rain often in Abu Dhabi (a few times a year, maximum!), so my rainy day spots are few and far between. When it does rain, however, I love to lounge over a luxurious dim sum lunch! Tucked on the bottom floor of the Shangri-La hotel, Shang Palace serves a daily all-you-can eat dim sum menu that changes weekly. Select as much as you want from about 20 different dim sum options and don’t be shy to request seconds and thirds! Tea is also included, as are sweet treats from the adjacent, legendary Shangri-La dessert buffet. If you decide to opt out of the dim sum, a standard menu is available with standard Chinese restaurant favorites, and if you decide to go on a sunny day, go for the glorious terrace seating! But be warned, while the dim sum is delicious, it is pork free. We are in Abu Dhabi, after all.
The Skinny: Trapped inside on a rainy day, the DC branch of Lucky Strike Lanes is a good place to be. Between the beats of the music and familiar sounds of a bowling alley, you kind of feel like you’re a kid again. Well, aside from the eccentric mix of food, drinks, stylish crowds and bowling shoes. With such an interesting mix of themes at one indoor venue though, it makes for a perfect rainy day activity. I would suggest checking out Lucky Strike’s specials before you go though, because the rainy Saturday night I went, it ended up costing $65/person for an hour of bowling time. Currently, they are running a special for $15/person All You Can Bowl on Monday nights from 8 PM – Closing. So if it’s going to be a rainy day, let’s hope for a Monday!