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Great Nights Out: Break a Sweat

How to heat up when the sun sets—and still keep your clothes on

breaksweat-wheeworld  The Wheel World

Who: Eddie Campbell, 32
What: Roller Skating
Where: Moonlight Rollerway
“Ten years ago a friend said, ‘Let’s go to Rainbow Skate, a gay-friendly skate night,’ and I’m like, ‘Isn’t roller skating already gay? Isn’t that an oxymoron?’ But then there’s this music—where else can you go on a Wednesday night and listen to Miley Cyrus and Beyoncé at a roller rink?” » 5110 San Fernando Rd., Glendale, 818-241-3630. 

breaksweat-tablehopping  Table Hopping

Who: Valida Carroll, "Uh, thirtysomething" 
What: Ping-pong
Where: Mondrian Hotel
“I get bored at a bar. SPiN gives me some-thing to do. I love the fact that I can dance during games. Plus you can tell a lot about a person by the way they play—their dexterity, their reflexes, their imagination. There’s a lot going on!” » 8440 W. Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood, 323-650-8999. 

breaksweat-ontrack  Right On Track

Who: Gary Trousdale, 50 (with Cat Farotte, 32) 
What: Toy Car Racing
Where: Bigfoot Lodge
“I was a Cub Scout, and so were both my kids. After getting my ass kicked a few times in the dad’s division, I heard about the Pinewood Derby. It’s fantastic. I have way more fun with little wooden cars than any adult should. It’s like Scouts, only with hot bartenders.” » 3172 Los Feliz Blvd., Los Feliz, 323-662-9227.  

breaksweat-slingsing  Sling and Sing

Who: Lauren McKnight, 21
What: Bowling and karaoke
Where: All-Star Lanes
“Bowling and karaoke totally work together. I love that this place has such an old-school
feel—they have arcade games! I would come back, but I’d definitely wear bowling shoes next time. I think that would help my game a little bit.” » 4459 Eagle Rock Blvd., Eagle Rock, 323-254-2579.

Photographs by Dustin Snipes