A lengthy lineup of traditional game-day fare and a sports atmosphere captivate fans at Fox and Hound - Bailey's, where the kitchen remains open as late as its neighboring fully stocked bar. Chefs cook until the wee hours of the morning and always until the bar closes, baking Bavarian pretzel starters, crafting towers of onion rings, and preparing hand-battered chicken tenders that are cooked until they are golden brown. They blend their own seasonings to sprinkle over grilled-to-order burgers, and draw from a diverse roster of cheeses and toppings to crown their wood-oven-inspired flatbreads.
While manning the bars, bartenders tap into a stash of libations, such as UV Whipped vodka and Patron Silver tequila, to mix their specialty cocktails. To further foster a sporting ambiance, high-definition TVs glow with sports games and custom music-video playlists, and guests partake in pastimes of ump bashing, billiards, or competitive people watching.
Charcoal-heated grills sear hearty kebabs of halal meats at Afghan Kabob House, flooding the restaurant with the scents of roasting chicken, lamb, and beef. To accompany the skewers, cooks toss together leafy salads, bake pillowy naan in a tandoor-style oven, and unite seasoned rice with saffron or carrots and raisins. The menu also boasts 20 different flavors of shisha for its hookahs, which encourage diners to lounge around after their meal and practice forming the perfect ring or Möbius strip out of smoke.
Converted from a historic 1930s art-deco theater, the modern iteration of the Arlington Cinema & Drafthouse is a combination restaurant, movie theater, and performance space. Besides screening blockbusters, the venue also hosts regular comedy shows featuring standups who have shared their skills on The Tonight Show, David Letterman, and Conan O'Brien. Between laughs, audience members can take bites from a complete menu or sips of selections from a full-service bar.
Sine Irish Pub & Restaurant tickles taste buds with a menu of traditional Irish cuisine backed up by savory American sandwiches and salads. Beneath a sprinkling of herbs, the broiled Blarney salmon ($16.99) sings alongside a dazzling duo of sides that chaperones each Irish specialty like an unattached prom guest. For a meal straight out of the Emerald Isle, curious cravers can tunnel into a plate of corned beef and cabbage ($13.29) or slurp beef-and-Guinness stew, a hearty helping of slow-braised beef chunks and vegetables cavorting in a calming bath of Ireland’s darkest brew ($11.99). Guests can also sup on one of more than 13 sandwiches on the restaurant's outdoor patio, which is festooned with green umbrellas, curving metal fence work, and air as fresh as flirtatious laundry.
A backdrop of glittery streamers is the only constant for Freddy’s stage, which sees a variety of kitschy entertainment every night of the week. On Saturdays, come early for a diner-style breakfast buffet and stay late for the weekly drag show. Other nights go to drag bingo, karaoke parties, and special events.
L.A. Bar & Grill, with its classic brick front and festive interior, welcomes Arlington residents for maximum hanging-outing. A hearty assortment of brews has glasses brimming, and savory menu selections keep hunger at bay. The house-specialty "hog wings" ($8.50) make ideal companions on Redskins-rooting Sundays, when the L.A.'s nine flat- screen TVs fulfill their ultimate purpose. A game of pigskin also goes well with L.A. Bar & Grill's potato skins, succulent slices layered with cheddar cheese and a choice of bacon or chili ($8). Seven burger options, including the hearty applewood-smoked bacon burger ($9) or the L.A. Woman, topped with swiss, bacon, barbecue sauce, grilled onions, mushrooms, and Cajun seasonings ($9.50), will pique your hunger tooth and activate dormant burger glands at the base of your skull. Cruise the country with a Philly cheesesteak ($8.50) or a rack of St. Louis–style ribs ($9 for half-rack, $17 for full rack), or stomach-ski across the pond with a helping of rockfish and chips ($11).