From its 1963 roots as an after-hours New York gathering spot for Broadway artists, Improvisation Comedy Clubs have become notable destinations for audiences and performers across the country. Star of two, one-hour Comedy Central specials, Steve Byrne regales crowds with his high-energy delivery and patented style of writing jokes on baseballs and tossing them through the Fourth Wall. The Keeping it Classy Comedy Show features Texas native Justin Foster, who has appeared on NBC's Last Comic Standing, alongside fellow Dallas comedian Tonee Bell. With his bold, unapologetic perspective, Christopher Titus confronts delicate family matters that other comics avoid in favor of knock-knock jokes. Sugar Sammy defends his title as one of The Hollywood Reporter's 10 rising comics to watch, with insightful sets delivered in one of four different languages.
Framed jerseys line slate-gray walls inside The Hub's spacious dining room, whose black furniture mirrors a high, black ceiling striped with exposed piping. Eight HD projectors and 28 HD televisions beam athletic endeavors toward sports fans savoring burgers and sandwiches available until midnight, when the kitchen transforms back into a pumpkin. If not brandishing a cue at one of the pool tables, patrons to grab a club for virtual golf, whose blue sky and green field span an entire wall.
Seven days a week, the kitchen at Duke's Original Roadhouse stays bustling into the wee hours of the night as cooks whip up hearty comfort food. Patrons can nosh on “Fall Off The Bone” barbecue ribs, which arrive at tables accompanied by garlic mashed potatoes or seasoned fries or enjoy one of six mac ‘n’ cheese varieties, including one that’s topped with a half-pound of grilled hot dog. Hefty sandwiches, such as the open-faced pot-roast sandwich topped with brown gravy, pair well with a shareable 104-ounce cylinder of beer known as Duke’s Tower of Power. The restaurant also features an outdoor patio and deck, where guests gather each Wednesday evening to toss large bouncy balls into trashcans during bouts of Big Balls.
Bowling isn’t just a hobby at 300 New York—it’s a vibrant social experience worthy of luxurious flourishes. That’s why cushioned lounge seats flank each of the 32 mood-lit lanes in the main concourse area. Each of these lanes faces a large screen that flashes music videos and tutorials on how to remove stuck fingers from bowling balls. Up in The Loft, bowlers can lounge and take in views of the concourse while sipping cocktails from the full-service bar. A dedicated wait staff connects them to offerings from the onsite bar and restaurant—an eatery known for serving dishes from executive chef Chad Bowser’s menu. Some of Chad’s creations include two-bite chicken or beef sliders and hand-battered fried calamari that can be paired with anything from beer to specialty martinis.
When Dancing With the Stars' contestants Emmitt Smith, Mark Cuban, Michael Irvin, and Jake Pavelka needed a place to sharpen their rug-cutting capabilities, Cheryl Burke told them to look no further than Studio 22. Studio 22's talented instructors even performed on Dancing With the Stars in October of 2012. Founded by internationally ranked Latin dancing couple Sergey Korshunov and Michelle Hafle, the studio lassos a stable of instructors handpicked from the highest levels of professional competition. Their group classes and private lessons give beginners and seasoned dancers alike the opportunity to polish their performance in styles as diverse as Argentine tango, salsa, ballroom, swing, and country and western.
The 6,200-square-foot studio accommodates classes of every size with its rich wooden floors, wall-length mirrors, and plush leather seating with which to rest feet between exercises and build forts whenever the instructor leaves the room. Studio 22 also hosts weekly dance parties that give students a chance to take new partners for a twirl in convivial, BYOB soirées.