On any given night, during any sports season, fans can gather at Overtime Sports Bar & Grill to watch their team play on a host of flat screen TVs. But it's not just about the sports here. There's also a full menu of classic grill food and a full bar stocked with frosty brews and mixed drinks. The bar hosts 10-week long poker tournaments on Tuesday and Thursday nights. Occasionally, a murder mystery crops up, with bar patrons playing the role of suspects and sleuths simultaneously, meaning they all have to figure out how to use a magnifying glass as a shield.
Though the façade hasn’t changed much since Drake Hill Sports Bar and Grill moved into the spot formerly occupied by Cafe El Paso, the interior has utterly transformed according to The Gazette. A pool table, seven flat-screen TVs, and walls hung with sports memorabilia subtly hint at the obsessions of the new occupants, and that rousing ambiance is fueled by a menu of wings, grilled sandwiches, and fried appetizers. They’ve even dedicated an entire page of the menu to build-your-own burgers and dogs: diners can top each selection with five types of cheese, grilled jalapeños, fried pickles, or a ketchup sketch of their favorite U.S. president.
Sensory overload is the stock and trade at Rawkus. The massive venue, sporting 13,000 square feet for hundreds of regular-shaped feet to stand in, carries electronic accoutrements that range from a surrealistic laser system to a pro audio system for transcendent evenings out. While sprinkling its schedule with DJs, dance parties, and rock acts, the venue also serves beer and liquor from its bar and snacks from its kitchen.
Strands of icicle lights punch pearlescent holes in smoke, which trickles from a doorway beneath a sign emblazoned with two pyramids. Inside Pyramid Hookah, patrons inhale cool vapor through hoses as shisha, a fragrant type of tobacco, smolders in bowls crafted from clay or fresh fruit. Smoke rings punctuate the low murmur of conversation and drift up toward the ceiling like letters addressed to astronauts. Beside hookahs, popcorn and cookies rest in bowls, and glasses of Egyptian tea and Turkish coffee click together against the baritone murmur of water bubbling in the pipes. Belly dancers show off on weekend nights, twisting and jangling between wreaths of fruit-scented smoke.
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.
Founded by local brew maestro Jason Yester, Trinity Brewing serves fresh food and beer amid a people- and environment-friendly atmosphere. Drawing on his years of experience as former brew master at Bristol Brewing Company, Yester personally crafts a variety of staple and seasonal brews, such as the Sunna Belgian Wit or the 12.5% ABV Farmhouse Nocturnum Saison. With a thundering beerfall of more than 30 taps, Trinity Brewing surrounds 6 to 10 original creations with about 27 offerings from signature breweries such as Avery, Dogfish Head, and New Belgium. The kitchen keeps the brew munchies at bay with a full menu that appeals to vegetarians, meatitarians, gluten-free gourmets, and ascetic Antarctic ice temple monks. Juxtapose a well-aged Stop Making Sense eisbock with appetizers such as the authentic belgian fries ($5) and Awaken bison jerky ($5). For heartier hungers, try a mediterranean wrap ($6) or sink your moistened molars into the holy mole enchilada ($9) or the falafel with house-made tzatziki sauce ($9).