The Catalina Hotel perches on the shoreline of Miami Beach’s South Beach, a spot well-known for its hot nightlife, gorgeous beaches, posh shopping districts, and celebrity sightings. Daytrippers can head over to popular clothing-optional Haulover Beach for an extra afternoon helping of vitamin D, or they can get acquainted with the city by hopping on a colorfully narrated duck tour, on which travelers cruise by million-dollar houses before dramatically splashing into the surf on a bus that turns into a boat.The Catalina Hotel is a short walking distance from all of South Beach’s vibrant charms—stepping out of the hotel, guests find themselves surrounded by options for fresh seafood and exquisitely crafted cocktails at every turn, as well as the pulsating beat of club music wafting through the night air. Clubs in the area stay open late, encouraging nights of dancing that end as the sun comes up over the water.
The staff at The Peacock Bar & Grill whips up classic American pub fare in a convivial atmosphere that has served Corvallis since 1929. Half-pound hamburgers sizzle in more than 15 gourmet varieties, and fresh steak and seafood entrees round out a menu of traditional American fare. Late-night food specials please the after-hours crowd, and catering services lavish special events and get-togethers with mouthwatering morsels. A pool table, video-game machines, flat-screen TVs, and a full bar add to the air of revelry at the tavern that, like the ham radio, has kept mouths busy for more than 80 years. The Peacock Bar & Grill struts its plumage and ability to entertain with nightly events and specials including sports games, karaoke, and live DJs.
In true democratic fashion, Evan Phipps, the owner of Mint Leaf Bar & Grill, left up the theme of his restaurant to the people of Jefferson. "They wanted a place to take their family,? he told the Albany Democrat-Herald last year. So he allotted half of his space to a family-friendly restaurant that serves grill food such as burgers and the other half to a bar with a pool table and a neon mint leaf blazing behind the counter. One of the highlights of the establishment is the housemade potato chips, which are plucked each morning from the branches of the potato-chip tree out back.
Liberty Spirit Bar & Grill stuffs noisy shout-holes with sauce-slathered sandwiches and succulent steaks. Lunchers reminisce about laundry day while rinsing a philly steak sandwich in cleansing jus sauce ($6.75) or carefully folding a chicken-bacon wrap's tomato-basil tortilla to avoid wrinkles ($6.75). During the bar's regular comedy nights, the protein in a 12-ounce rib-eye steak dinner fuels spectators' belly laughs and rotten-tomato tosses ($14.75), and karaoke warblers wet whistles with a pint of Ranger IPA or one of four other beers on tap before serenading companions with Revolutionary War anthems. Daring drinkers can sample the bar's signature concoction, the Raspberry Kamikaze, a mysterious beverage whose secret recipe is known only to Liberty Spirit bartenders and former U.S. Secretary of State Henry Kissinger.
At Northern Lights Theatre Pub, audience members sip riesling and sink forks into chicken breasts as movie families sit down to dinner on the silver screen. Cinema-goers order their meals before sitting down to watch second-run flicks, letting waiters ferry their pulled-pork burritos or Angus burgers right to their seats so they don’t miss a screen couple’s passionate first kiss, tender final embrace, or heartwarming jump from an exploding helicopter. In addition to finger foods, the chefs take their fare up a notch by layering personal pizzas with housemade sauce, sprinkling parmesan cheese and squeezing lemon juice over chicken breasts, and piling pineapple atop their banana splits. Before evening films light up the theaters, Northern Lights’ full-service bar kicks into gear, leading to age restrictions so that moviegoers can freely sip on-tap beers such as Blue Moon and Gilgamesh Mamba or wash down bites with chardonnay and shiraz. In addition to screening blockbuster movies, the theater pub’s three auditoriums occasionally show sports or host live shows such as standup comedy.