The staff at Coach's Sports Bar & Grill aims to match the playful and energetic atmosphere of sporting events by showcasing UFC matches and football games on flat-screen TVs seven days a week. A menu of classic pub grub, such as chili-covered fries, burgers, fajitas, and hot sandwiches, pairs with beverages from the bar's selection of imported and domestic draft brews. Jack Daniels and Pinnacle Cake liquors form the base of cocktails, which guests clink over games of pool and heated discussions about what Troy Polamalu would look like with an updo.
Although it now has more than 430 locations in 28 countries, Hooters wasn?t always welcomed by the public. In fact, when it opened in October 1983 in Clearwater, Florida, the founders of the restaurant were ?quickly detained for impersonating restaurateurs,? according to the company's website. But the restaurant was able to prove it was more than just a pretty face?that it was serious about serving tasty American food and frosty brews?and its popularity exploded in the decades to follow.
Amid its beach-themed vibe and flat-screen TVs, Hooters still fuels appetites with original chicken wings, burgers, sandwiches, and fresh salads. Of course, nobody carries those casual eats and icy pitchers better than the Hooters girls. To complement their friendly smiles, their uniforms harken back to the ones the original waitresses wore in 1983: orange hot shorts and white tank tops with the emblematic owl on the front?though that owl has lost its Lionel Richie perm.
The old saying asks people to sing for their supper, but at Creekside Bar and Grill, the singing is just a fun bonus. Along with digging into heaping plates of internationally inspired steaks and broiled fish, guests can participate in karaoke during later hours on certain evenings, or dine quietly before the serenades begin. Each dish, from Angus prime rib to egg-dipped calamari steak, is a result of the chefs’ determination to continuously perfect their recipes since the restaurant opened more than 25 years ago. In keeping with those high standards, meals are made with fresh and local ingredients, including seafood from the San Francisco Bay area.
If you hang around downtown San Jose for long enough, you might become curious about someone called "The Brit." It seems like they host more parties than is humanly possible—"When do they sleep?" one has to wonder, hearing about the many DJs, karaoke sessions, and sports viewings they host. Follow a weekend crowd, however, and you'll learn that The Brit is not a person, but a pub where British cuisine pairs with beer, cocktails, and cheery character.
The menu at Britannia Arms Downtown covers the savory bases, from shepherd's pie to bangers and mash. And though they are British staples, the recipes are far from flippant reproductions. The fish and chips features housemade beer batter and tartar sauce over its Atlantic white cod, and the Angus beef patty on the baguette burger is hand-shaped. These and other entrees pair well with more than 20 drinks on draft, such as Boddingtons and Wyder's Pear Cider, available in pints, 120-oz "beer towers," or a 16-story hollow replica of Big Ben.
The Brit rallies its patrons for events almost every night of the week. There might be a UFC match on its many televisions, a stand-up comedian regaling the guests, or a trivia contest pitting team against team. One constant is the chatter on the heated patio, which sprawls for 3,000 square feet and has its own full-service bar.
Neon beer signs, antique photographs, 24 HD televisions with DirectTV, and framed sports jerseys adorn the walls at Britannia Arms Almaden, an eatery that is part neighborhood sports bar and part British-style pub. For breakfast, lunch, and dinner, the wait staff ferries British-American fusion cuisine from eclectic menus, whose offerings range from steamed mussels to deep-fried pickles and bangers. Patrons take in games while they dine, whether in the form of sporting events playing on the heated patio’s screens or during Tuesday trivia. On Fridays and Saturdays, live music permeates the space while bartenders serve from a list of 28 domestic, import, and craft beers. Classics such as Guiness, Harp Lager, and Boddingtons Pub Ale can also be alchemized into a blend such as a Black & Tan, Snake Bite, or Irishsetter.