Beneath glittering rows of crystal ropes that hang from the ceiling, the blue, green, and purple tones of Hydro Bar & Grill bathe visitors in a cool light. Get a well drink at the bar or take a seat to puff on one of many hookahs. Browsing is encouraged, whether you're looking at a menu of edibles from the full kitchen or websites courtesy of Hydro's free WiFi. Before 10 p.m., Hydro is open to patrons aged 18 and older; after that time, you must be 21 to enter.
The house chefs at Blaze's Sports Grill specialize in transforming the recipes that filled lunch boxes in elementary school, revamping them to give the dishes a gourmet twist. They dip corndogs in a candied jalapeno cornmeal batter, while upgrading the classic PB&J with a blanket of marshmallow cream. Thick slices of mozzarella and American cheese top the bologna sandwiches, while burgers come topped with everything from peanut butter and bacon to avocado, cheeses, ham, and salsa. Signature dishes include lobster mac and cheese casserole and the mac daddy sliders; while new menu items like gringo lobster nachos, a full pound of shrimp in the peel and eatz, and frito bandito are soon to be favorites. Even the drinks have a nostalgic charm, with staff filling fish bowls with rums and juices or creating their own homemade wine coolers from flavored vodka, fruit liqueurs, and Sprite. The atmosphere encourages guests to linger with friends or willing mailmen until the game ends, or stay for Friday night festivities of live bands.
Set just across the street from the UT–Arlington Mavericks' baseball field, Atomic Subs & Wings dons a lively, sports-themed atmosphere, indulging diners with savory American cuisine and wings slathered in homemade sauces. Pay tribute to favorite teams or celebrated outlaws by noshing the Maverick, a loaf of white bread brimming with a half-pound of feisty rib-eye steak, italian sausage, and capicola ($5.99 for a small, $11.99 for a large). Gravity-marooned snackers can don the specialty wings, which feature eight flavors, including the feisty Hellfire wings and the garlic and parmesan-garnished Rockstar ($16.29 for 24). Live music fosters a festive atmosphere and competitive chicken dance-offs on the weekends.