The welcoming staff of Rack N Cue sate patrons with savory appetizers, cocktails, and beer served beneath several TV screens or beside one of the bar's many full-size pool tables. Egg rolls perform culinary somersaults over tickled taste buds, and a spicy jolt tumbles forth from the bar's hot wings. Mini tacos stand ready to curb snack cravings or fill the stomachs of Lilliputians. A crunchy coating ensconces the chicken wings, onion rings, and deep-fried pool cues. Friendly bartenders deftly mix cocktails or pour libations over ice, whetting whistles weary from describing how electricity works. The glow of several large television screens mingles with the soft overhead lighting of the bar's numerous pool tables, where tabletop-sports rivalries form.
Whether dancing, watching the game, or grabbing a burger, a visit to Night Deposit Whiskey Library can help make it happen. Casual and cozy with hardwood flooring and exposed brick, the hangout invites friends to just be themselves. DJs and live musicians visit regularly to facilitate dancing. Meanwhile, a full bar and a menu full of comfort food? such as steak omelets for brunch?prevent the sound of grumbling stomachs from distracting the TVs' athletes. Fifteen rotating microbrews ensure something for both beer connoisseurs and easily pleased palates.
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.
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.
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.
Beyond a comfortable, classic façade of bare brick and warmly-lit windows, Gridiron Sports Bar & Grill houses revelers hoisting frothy glasses of beer and relishing the smoky, savory aroma of hearty American fare. Traeger grills sear strip steaks until they're ready to share their nutritional value with diners and feed the bar's eight meat-fueled HDTVs, whose large screens flicker with the likes of football, basketball, and celebrity euchre. Beers domestic and imported (including microbrewed options) work with wine and cocktails to keep palates clean and the atmosphere lighthearted. Breakfast hits the tables from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on weekends; patrons under 21 are welcome to hang out in the family-friendly pub until 8 p.m. daily.