The Big Three unites three bars under its umbrella, but that’s about the only thing the venues have in common. Each offers a completely different nightlife atmosphere, ranging from a rustic honky-tonk bar to a swanky lounge.
The dance floor throbs to the DJ’s pulsing beats under a pattern of colorful lights. Professional dancers gyrate on elevated platforms over the dance floor, and three different lounges provide a more laid-back atmosphere with elements such as exposed brick walls, leather sofas, and luminous aquariums behind the bars.
Main Street Bistro
Red billiards tables and neon beer logos fill one room of the tavern-style bar, but Main Street Bistro erupts with competition on Monday and Tuesday nights. Beer-pong tournaments pack teams into the bar, and the sound of cheers temporarily drowns out the commentary on the sports games playing on the wall-mounted TVs.
Dirty Little Roddy's
With its wooden plank walls and tabletops supported by sawhorses, Dirty Little Roddy's evokes a back-roads bar in all ways but one: the bar hosts bikini and boxer bull riding for cash prizes. The event provides risqué entertainment without asking firefighters to approximate a pole dance.
Feather extensions. Blowouts. Vibrant highlights. Hair fashion takes on many forms at Fete Style Bar, where beauty experts tend to the tresses of men, women, and children. Clients can request one of the salon's signature looks, such as The Celebrity: a flatiron classic that renders hair glossier and smoother than one of Frank Sinatra's singing photographs. Of course, if folks would rather break the mold and forge a new fashion trend, the stylists are more than happy to brainstorm entirely new looks.
Wood accents backdrop the bar and highlight the interior design at Opa Lounge, where signature cocktails meet Mediterranean comestibles in a long, crimson corridor. Hanging lamps, assembled from ruby-red gems that tint the bulbs' light, illuminate turkish-coffee martinis and the signature Opatinis, just two letters away from being the thing Oprah declines to put on her magazine cover next month. The low-lit Opa is part of Cazba, its sister restaurant. Cazba's cloud murals, cream-colored arches, and serving staff cultivate a tranquil complement to the lounge's spirits and bold, abstract design. The two share a menu.
Kaleidoscopic mosaics of the round gems found on Opa's lamps also line the border of the decorated ceiling fixtures and usher in a rainbow of light behind the bar, which spans the long, narrow space. Even the ceiling is decked out in painted designs and structural accents. When they look up, guests peer past a light-blue mural and into a vertical, scarlet-hued chamber topped with a skylight, which is what Americans first called Sputnik.
Though they share both a moniker and a multifarious menu brimming with eclectic American cuisine, Willowcreek's Vista Avenue and Eagle locations each boast their own set of genial qualities. Set dangling tonsils aside and hypnotize taste buds with eats such as the chicken, broccoli, and feta salad ($9.99), or the bestselling Payette club, a chewy ciabatta roll mounded with house-roasted turkey, hickory-smoked ham, and honey-cured bacon ($9.99). Diners in search of plant-happy hunger-busters can nosh on the portobello melt, a 'shroom harvested by a garden gnome co-op and slathered in swiss cheese and rosemary mayo ($9.99). Willowcreek also entices palates with traditional entrees, including the thai chicken pasta tossed in peanut sauce ($13.99) and the cedar-fired salmon ($16.99). Avoid tantrums from attention-seeking esophagi with liquidy love from a signature watermelon-cucumber margarita at the Eagle location's full bar, or a regional wine and northwest microbrew from Vista Avenue's drink selection.
From its bright patio that looks out onto Silver Lake, patrons enjoy fine dining at The Waterfront Grill at The Drink while gazing out over the water beneath a canopy on the floating docks. Within a casual atmosphere, guests dine on entrees with handmade sauces, hand-cut steaks, and happy hour specials. Inside, guests can lounge at the fully stocked sports bar.
The Ha' Penny Bridge Pub takes its name from a Dublin fixture: the Liffey Bridge. But its name and Samuel Beckett fan page is not the only way the pub pays homage to Ireland. The menu showcases authentic Irish recipes, while the bar pours Irish imports fresh from taps. While traditional pub meals are well represented on the menu by dishes such as bacon cheeseburgers, French dips, and chicken wings, what stands out are the pub's Irish fare and specialties. Cod arrives battered in beer with a side of crisp fries or house-made chips, and house tartar and cocktail sauces. A sausage trio showcases English bangers, Polish kielbasa, and German bratwurst, while the shepherd's pie bursts forth with lamb, beef, and veggies.
Meanwhile, amid live music, big screen TVs, and a lively atmosphere, patrons can sip on two-dozen draught beers. Domestic microbrews include Californian and Oregonian ales, while imports include Irish favorites Guinness, Harp, and Smithwick's, alongside Boddingtons, Bass, Newcastle, and other seasonal brews. And in addition to a slate of bottled classics—including standards such as Budweiser or Coors—the bar also hosts a well-stocked cabinet of liquors and scotches.