From sporting events to arcade games to electronic trivia, the 30 HD screens at Hellas Restaurant & Sports Bar engage diners with a variety of diversions. When not watching TV, diners can cluster around tables to order from a menu that includes Greek cuisine made with olives and feta cheese, as well as grilled steaks and seafood.
The bar's specialty drinks bear the names of Greek gods, such as the Aphrodite, which includes a sweet blend of Malibu, Midori, and vanilla vodka. During late nights on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, the music turns up and the lights go low as the eatery transforms into a nightclub, complete with a live DJ, flashing lights, and actual basilisks that take over the dance floor with their best renditions of the worm.
Laced with elements of yoga, Pilates, and gymnastics, the women-only classes at Aradia Fitness sculpt lean, toned physiques. And though physical fitness is a cornerstone of the studio, it's not the only one. Classes such as Striptease and Lap Dance foster a certain amount of unrestrained confidence that, as Aradia puts it, “teach[es] women to unapologetically love their body and themselves.” At 17 locations across the country, Aradia's staff of certified instructors, including world-record holder Amanda, lead women of all shapes, sizes, and experiences through sessions ranging from pole-dancing classes that teach aerial lifts and holds to Sexy Fit classes that forgo the pole for yoga fusion, boot camp, and lap dancing. No matter the class, the environment at Aradia is always light hearted, nurturing, and more supportive than a stainless-steel hammock.
Whether sinking into a lounge chair with a cup of joe or drinking in the sounds of live music, visitors to Electric Beanz Coffee Bar will discover freshly brewed, locally roasted coffee and pastries in a laid-back atmosphere. In addition to serving a selection of coffee standards, Electric Beanz's baristas also blend fresh-fruit smoothies, pour Italian sodas, and sling a variety of fresh-baked pastries, ranging from muffins to empanadas. Specialty single-origin coffees are also available, brewed in a French press, an appliance that famously gave Jean-Claude Van Damme all his muscles.
ComedyWorx entertains audiences of all ages with competitive and party-formatted improvisation shows. The ComedyWorx Show pits two teams, garbed in red and blue pajamas, against each other in rounds of skits and games based on audience suggestions and the tilt of the earth's axis that day. At the end of each round, the referee selects a spectator to judge the team's winner by measuring audience laugh levels, earning the victor points on a glowing scoreboard. As music plays between rounds, waiting teams—named for local university mascots and institutions—huddle in color-coordinated dugouts on stage. Referees also call brown-bag fouls on saucy suggestions from audience members or excessive product placement from players, forcing offenders to wear a bag over their heads for the show's duration.
Solas serves up unique American cuisine. If you're avoiding fat or gluten, you can still eat well at Solas, which offers a number of low-fat and gluten-free choices. Enjoy a drink with your dinner — Solas has a full bar to serve up a glass of wine, beer, or more. Perfect for parties on the larger side, Solas also has a private area available for use. Sit outside at Solas and soak up the sun on those nice summer days. Get down with a live DJ while dining and have some fun on the restaurant dance floor.
It tends to get especially busy on weekends, so be sure to call ahead and make a reservation. Feed the gang at your next get-together with catering from Solas as well.
Patrons have the option of feeding the meter at the nearby street parking or taking advantage of the restaurant's valet service.
You can take it easy on your wallet at Solas — prices are generally less than $30 per person. You can stop by at almost any time, since Solas offers breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
Munch on tasty pub grub at Amra's in University. If you're avoiding fat or gluten, you can still eat well at Amra's, which offers a number of low-fat and gluten-free choices. The drink list at Amra's has everything you need to complete your meal (and your night out). Youngsters are more than welcome to join mom and dad at Amra's. Don't miss the happy hour food and drink specials, where a great bargain is always in sight. Warm weather brings out Amra's' highly coveted patio seating. Amra's also features live music and dancing. A relatively loud restaurant, this is not the place for a quiet night out.
If you're hoping to snag a table on a Friday or Saturday, it's best to ring the restaurant for a reservation first.
A night out here can be a bit pricey, so prepare to shell out a bit more.