Name: Salt at the iPic Theaters in Pasadena
Happy hour: The Salt lounge and bar at the iPic Theaters in Pasadena caters mostly to the theater's moviegoers, but it's open to everyone, with or without a movie ticket. Salt has happy hour Monday to Friday from 4 to 6 p.m. All domestic drafts are $2; house wines, all by Trinity Oaks, are $3; well drinks are $5; and craft and imported drafts are all $5. Food specials include a selection of munchies with soft-baked pretzel sticks with caramelized apple brown mustard and bacon cheddar cheese sauce ($5), Buffalo chicken spring rolls with blue cheese sauce ($6) and the fajita quesadilla with chicken or steak, grilled onions and peppers, guacamole, pico de gallo and sour cream.
Best bang for your buck: Any of the domestic beer and house wine selections, the loaded baked potato chips ($5.50) or the barbecue chicken flatbread ($7). The chips come piled high on a plate, smothered in cheddar cheese sauce, shredded cheddar cheese, crisp bacon, scallions and a heavy drizzle of sour cream. The flatbread comes thin-crusted, topped with chicken, barbecue sauce, cheese, caramelized onion and bacon. This place is great for groups, with huge portions perfect for sharing.
What are you drinking: A $2 domestic draft or a $3 glass of the house Cabernet.
Who is at the next table: Couples grabbing a few sliders and a martini before the 6 p.m. showing of "A Million Ways to Die in the West," and a few guys watching a basketball game at the bar. Two large groups of co-workers clink beer glasses for an organized happy hour in a roped-off area of the lounge.
Uh-oh: There is absolutely no cellphone service. This could be a good or a bad thing. But if you're waiting for a phone call from your significant other, who happens to be running late, you'll need to take the escalator back up to the ground level.
Service: If you're sitting at the bar, you're set. If you're sitting at a table in the lounge, your server can disappear for extended periods of time while they duck into one of the theaters to attend to moviegoers.
Info: One Colorado Pasadena, 42 Miller Alley, Pasadena, (626) 639-2260, www.thesaltclub.com/pasadena.