Every night of the week, The Rock has something for everyone--dancing, drinking and more. Open from 11 a.m. to 2 a.m., the Canoga Park club has no cover--except Thursdays after 9 p.m., when $2 gets you in for "Thirsty Thursday."
THE SCENE: The word is big. Packed with pool tables, pinball machines, dartboards and big-screen televisions, there's plenty to keep club-goers occupied. The place doesn't draw a lot of dancers, but there's room when the band is right. If you're thirsty, there's beer--200 varieties, imported and domestic, with several dozen on tap.
"It's getting there," said Rat Salad bassist Bruce Robinson between sets. "It's raw, and it has a lot of potential."
THE CROWD: Dress is definitely casual among the 21- to 35-year-old crowd the club pulls in--jeans, boots, T-shirts, leather and hair of all lengths. Wear a tie and you're overdressed. People come to drink, shoot pool, rock or relax.
"It's a pretty mellow crowd," said employee Donat Kazarinoff, 28.
THE MUSIC: Live bands deliver a steady stream of loud rock 'n' roll every night. On a recent Friday, Rat Salad kept the low-key crowd entertained with several sets of classic rock staples such as "Highway to Hell," "All Right Now" and "China Grove."