While relaxing amid homey, woodsy surroundings at Sidelines Grill & Sports Bar, visitors can indulge in feasts of nachos, pulled-pork sandwiches, and frosty beers. Friends sip local craft brews as they watch sports on the flat screen, or challenge each other to friendly games of pool, darts, and shuffleboard. Sidelines Grill & Sports Bar also features other types of games, including giant versions of Jenga and Connect Four, shuffleboard, and trivia.
At street level, Diablo’s Downtown Lounge hides behind the guise of a traditional bar. There, hearty burgers and beers culled from 10 tap lines arrive at tables surrounded by subtle red upholstery and a gallery’s worth of local artwork. But tucked away on the pub’s subterranean level is a shadowy nightclub where painted flames race up the walls and repeatedly disappoint revelers trying to light their cigarettes. Formerly Perry’s Nightclub, the downstairs haunt still invites dancing on a large floor infused with ‘80s, hip-hop, or contemporary house music handpicked by DJs and special guests. Each level hosts its own events throughout the week, including karaoke and bingo upstairs and Goth-themed dance nights downstairs.
Pool tables and arcade games are scattered throughout the ample space at Doc's Pad Bar and Grill, where professional and college games blare from two 12-foot HD projection screens. Next door, The Green Room presents a change of atmosphere for those who wish to take in a comedy show or dance to the beats of live DJs. At either locale, patrons order from an eclectic menu of classic bar bites, including sliders, nachos, and nine types of burgers.
Five flat-screen televisions, including a 60" flat-screen TV, surround Legend Sports Lounge’s diners, who can take in a game while sipping seasonal beers from local breweries. Before grabbing the microphone and singing karaoke at the eatery, which is located in the Red Lion Hotel, patrons snack on appetizers in the lounge and take bites of burgers or fish ‘n’ chips between shots at the pool table. A special menu is available during happy hour, and the lounge stays open until 2 a.m. on Friday and Saturday.
Oakshire Brewing's master libation-smiths brew small batches of high-quality malts and hops in a 15-barrel, 4,000-square-foot brewhouse. Guests can visit the main brewing facility's tasting room to admire the malt magic created by the diligent staff. Weekday visitors wet their whistles on 4-ounce samplers of three year-round and seasonal selections, and Friday swillers can enjoy plentiful pints of their favorite brews. Gargle the crisp, dry hops of a Northwest–style Watershed IPA and the dark, silky suds of the Overcast Espresso stout. Or dabble in seasonal selections, such as the malty Ill Tempered Gnome Winter ale, a distant cousin of the nonalcoholic beverage sipped by Snow White's Grumpy. The brewery peddles bottles ($4–$5) and cases ($48–$60) of its regular and seasonal beer for those wishing to partake in imbibing in the comfort of their own home, and it equips swig sessions with growlers ($5) and pint glasses ($3). Guests can also advertise ale adherence with a brewery T-shirt ($18) or hat ($12) or by shouting panegyrics about beer in a crowded mall.
With its crowd-pleasing menu of pub grub, endless list of brews, and friendly, casual atmosphere, The Pour House Tavern makes it easy for guests to plan a casual night out. The bar and restaurant resembles a lodge?with wood beams ceilings, brick walls, and warm lighting?offering a cozy environment for chowing down on chicken-fried steak and burgers. As for entertainment, four pool tables and pub games ignite friendly competition, and flatscreen TVs keep fans abreast of the big game. And outside, a heated patio provides a breath of fresh air and a chance to get to know area squirrels.