Pins quiver at the threat of a well-rolled ball as bowling rages across 300 Bowl’s family friendly lanes, which are available for open-bowl sessions during all business hours. The recently remodeled alley greets bowlers with $500,000 worth of upgraded equipment and facilities as pin busters slip into a stylish pair of bowling shoes to cool off heated rivalries over the course of three games. An automated scoring system tallies each felled pin, leaving patrons free to munch popcorn and soda, hurl heavy objects at neatly arranged knick-knacks, and quietly reflect on complicated arithmetic’s forced obsolescence. Themed events spice up the stone hurling, turning up the tunes during Friday and Saturday Rock & Bowl nights and celebrating togetherness during Sunday Family Fun Time.
From above, the cluster of red umbrellas on GenuWine Tasting Room’s patio looks like grapes, an homage to the cabernets that flow from the selectively curated bottles inside. A wealth of specialty and boutique wines await the curious, and the store's racks of bottles display vintages both accessible and challengingly unique. A weekly tasting helps to introduce patrons to the shop’s wares, delivering a palatable tour through varietals ranging from sparkling proseccos to pinots smoother than a dolphin’s saxophone solos. The sounds of live music, aquatic or otherwise, draw passersby through the tasting room's doors on many nights, filling ears with sounds as sweet as the elixirs the venue uncorks. Sippers hankering for solid nourishment peruse a menu flush with salads, pizzas, and flights of aged cheese. Before they leave, patrons can stop into the boutique, where wine-themed T-shirts and aprons entreat visitors to flaunt their passion for fermentation.
Seven years ago Rico's Mexican Grill brought their brand of Tex-Mex to The Woodlands. Today they boast five locations throughout the region as well as a family of 400 employees. Together, the staff adheres to the original restaurant's high standards for fine Mexican cuisine with a local twist. In their family-oriented eateries adorned in classic Texas decor, such as Matthew McConaughey's searing gaze, they serve a menu of enchiladas, tacos, and sizzling fajitas. The fajitas are especially a source of pride. They marinate the meat in a secret sauce for 24 hours and serve the grilled morsels with homemade tortillas. Aside from traditional Tex-Mex entrees, they grill enticing fare such as quail and red snapper. To compliment their dishes, they mix mean margaritas and cocktails and fill glasses with imported and domestic beers and wines amid frequent live entertainment.
For all the poshness of its sleek two-level interior, SWAG Sports Lounge's menu is a stars-and-stripes salute to soups, salads, sandwiches, and burgers. Snack on jalapeño poppers ($5.95) and honey barbecue wings ($15.99 for 24 wings) without ungluing your eyes from the 32 HDTVs broadcasting the day’s top live sports and political roundtable knife fights. For something more in an entree size, indulge your inner werewolf with a hearty 10-ounce rib eye steak ($9.95), or idle away long commercial breaks by demolishing Big Bob's fish basket ($8.95) piece by battered piece, with occasional tartar sauce slam-dunks. SWAG’s many dartboards, pool tables, and video games let interactive eaters supplement their snacking with as much needle tossing, ball clinking, and barrel jumping as they like. Challenge friends to a game of darts, then steal fries from their buffalo chicken sandwich plate ($7.95) after “accidentally” hitting them with the game’s designated tranquilizer dart. Otherwise, cap a game of blindfolded pool with an equally befuddling chocolate confusion cake—a mocha-tornado of Oreos, fudge brownies, cream-chocolate mousse, and chocolate-chip cake topped with swirling fudge frosting and chocolate chips ($3.95). Along with a respectable array of beers on tap, SWAG stocks its full bar with many high-end liquors—allowing sports fans to upgrade to stiffer drinks every time their team’s quarterback runs off the field in tears.
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.
In 1998, the clack of billiards balls met the clink of cold beers at the first Fast Eddie’s Sports Tavern and Social Clubs in Amarillo. Since then, 17 more Fast Eddie's locations have sprung up across Texas and Louisiana, each letting guests sink corner shots at 8- and 9-foot Olhausen pool tables while sharing a few drinks and snacks such as deep-fried hot dogs. Beyond the felt, home runs and touchdowns play out on multiple big-screen TVs as darts fly into targets and foosball tables re-create the exciting theatrics of gymnasts struggling to play soccer.