Recently opened Poolhouse Grill regales guests with juicy burgers and ocean-fresh seafood amid an upbeat club-inspired atmosphere. Framed by multicolored beams of light and waving palms, the restaurant's façade draws visitors in to celebrate DJ-fueled dancefests on weekends, or rock 'n' roll–powered discussions about Robert M. Pirsig with bikers on Wednesdays. Sports fans belly up to the bar to watch their favorite sports legends on the arsenal of flat-screen TVs, and occasional beer-pong tournaments prepare amateurs for the rigors of professional ping-pong chucking.
Enigmatic comedian, E! celebrity correspondent, and Chelsea Lately regular Michael Yo returns to the Improv with a fresh batch of mischievous zingers for Hot Mess Comedy, a celebration of tawdry humor and base instincts. With a keen wit and the ability to make cows chuckle until they spew milk out of their noses, Michael Yo fills his bottomless joke cache with material based on his Hollywood expertise and dating inexpertness. Other haughty and naughty high-octane comics include MADtv cast member and Chelsea Lately roundtable regular Arden Myrin, who coaxes big laughs with her adroit mastery of improv and devilish pixie charm.
A sprinkling of mediterranean spices makes its way into many of the dishes at Venicia Cafe & Grill. Chefs toss flavorful handfuls atop filets mignons, hide them inside falafel patties, and allow them to seep inside salmon with a wine-and-lemon marinade. Other staple Mediterranean dishes that leave the kitchen include creamy hummus with gyro, stuffed grape leaves, and spinach pie. After meals, puffs of scented smoke float around hookahs and a disco ball lights up the dance floor as patrons sway their hips, stomp their feet, and toss one another in the air.
The saloons of yesteryear didn't usually stretch across12,000 square feet. But at Cowboys Saloon, a modern take on the watering holes of the Old West, visitors have plenty of space to dig into a hearty meal, grab drinks from one of three full liquor bars, or kick up their spurred heels on the 2,000-square-foot dance floor. Live concerts, weekly events, three pool tables, and a mechanical bull help the saloon attract passersby and extroverted tumbleweeds to its tables.
Sportszone84 breaks out of the huddle with a menu of made-to-order bar fare capable of satisfying sports fans and anti-athletics alike. Kick off consumption with fried pickles ($5.99), potato skins ($7.99), or 10 chicken wings ($7.99) bathed in your choice of sauces, and then mouth-march onward into the main courses. Sportszone84’s signature In the Zone burger ($8.99) builds its appetizing assault around a half-pound Angus-beef patty, while the full rack of baby-back ribs ($17.99) smothers its xylophone of porcine meat in a sweet barbecue sauce. An Alonzo Mourning’s pants-suit's worth of beers keep taste buds cooled down, with piña colada margaritas and rum runners also available for hop-heads wishing to take a break from frosty brews.