Flat-screen televisions hang high above each lane at Z-Bowl, displaying a medley of scoring charts and high-definition sports broadcasts for bowlers to enjoy between frames. The alley keeps the visual banquet brimming in a sports bar with large-projection sets and an arcade containing more than 60 arcade consoles, including both classic and modern models such as skee-ball and Dance Dance Revolution. The 18-lane facility also offers billiards, shuffleboard, and darts to keep levels of healthy competition high and offer lower-impact entertainment for those with injuries such as bowler’s ear. Z-Bowl also hosts six private lanes designed to host upscale parties and corporate meetings, as well as a full kitchen that serves brick-oven pizza and certified Angus beef burgers.
Dick & Jane's Tapas and Martini Bar?s entire menu is designed to be sipped, savored, and shared among friends over conversation. Classic tapas include housemade white cheddar pimento cheese, baked brie drizzled with caramel, and shrimp saut?ed with chilies, and an equal portion of the menu is devoted to unfussy, bite-sized takes on American comfort favorites?roast beef and brie stuff mini croissants, pulled pork fills a sourdough panini, and smoked salmon or medium-rare filet mignon lie atop tartines. At the bar, beer and wine join 30 martinis that range from a classic dry martini with pimento-stuffed olives to the sneaky Bruce Willis, which looks like a traditional martini but sneaks orange liqueur and white cranberry juice in through the glass?s ductwork.
Beyond the red walls and checkerboard floors of the dining room, bright umbrellas alight on the patio, where little windows in the wooden fence peek out on flower boxes. On the brick wall just above, a recently refurbished antique mural shows a fresh-faced woman cheerily obeying the instruction to Drink Coca-Cola, adding a splash of vintage character to back up the historical downtown Mebane locale. Some nights find Dick & Jane?s serenading their quaint neighborhood with the sounds of live musicians.
The gastropub dishes at @ Elm Street Grill meld locally sourced and organic ingredients. Steak and seafood headline the culinary selection, but there's no shortage of burgers and other sandwiches. There are even options from non-American traditions, such as the Indian-Styled Chicken Tikka Masala. Beyond grilling cuisine, as the eatery's name hints, the chefs can smoke salmon, though, since its salmon, the smoke will waft downward toward the floor rather than up to the ceiling.
The clacking of pool balls is the nightly soundtrack at Gate City Billiards Club. Public and private rooms feature 11 Brunswick Gold Crown tables and 3 Diamond tables, which allow for open-play and league games?as well as lessons helmed by experienced instructors. Though pool is the main attraction, the space also welcomes casual play with a ping pong table, dart boards, and foosball tables, and camaraderie around live sports shown on eight flat-screen TVs. An on-site bar serves more than 50 beers and spirits.
At any given time, the Rioja! WineKeeper's handsome wooden casing houses 12 bottles in a temperature-controlled setting. These conditions keep the wines fresh and result in a full-flavored pour. A quick flick of the tap and a crisp white or bold red streams into Riedel crystal, the only glassware used at Rioja! A Wine Bar. Between these sophisticated pouring and storing methods, and the sheer immensity of the full selection—some 800 wines—Rioja!'s dedication to the appreciation of wine is palpable.
Their tapas menu was designed with elegant pairings in mind and—much like playing "spin the bottle" at the UN—highlights flavors from around the world. Prosciutto bruschetta, stuffed dates, and a chorizo and manchego plate show off the kitchen's Mediterranean leanings. South African-style jerky, on the other hand, indicates a willingness to infuse an Old World dining tradition with New World recipes. The bartenders also keep a healthy selection of craft beers from brewers such as Bell's, Duck Rabbit, and Founders.
Fat Dog's Grille & Pub serves fresh, made-to-order, quality pub food?think wings, lean ground beef burgers, and sandwiches?in a lively casual atmosphere. Big screen TVs broadcast all major sporting events and tournaments, allowing fans to root for their team over a basket of spicy, savory hot wings and krinkle fries, while an outdoor patio comes alive during warm weather months, so guests can bask in the sun as they sample from Fat Dog's 60+ beer selection.