Since age 3, Dana Bailey has been twirling to her own beat, progressing from childhood cha-chas to appearances in promotions for Pepsi and JC Penney. After studying under instructors in California and New York City, Dana now offers pintsize patrons the same opportunity to get a head start in the performing arts with child and teen dance classes. She enlists working industry pros to wrangle kids as young as 2.5 in tap, ballet, and tumbling classes atop pliable wood and marley floors.
The boys' tap, jazz, and hip-hop classes accommodate a demographic often overlooked by the dance industry and prepare a studio team for local and national performances. Instructors regularly glean pointers from top national choreographers to craft classes such as Teen Hip Hop, which equips students with basic moves and combos that, much like the prom held outside the Grammys, are set to a soundtrack of current hits.
Though Papa G's Sports Bar & Grill churns out a menu of hearty eats—from decadent cheese-stuffed burgers to spicy buffalo wings—the real draw of the joint is its fun, laid-back atmosphere. A spacious patio lined with shaded tables welcomes guests to sip on one of the daily drink specials, shoot the breeze with friends, or catch a live show. Inside, a tall, lofted ceiling overlooks multiple pool tables, dartboards, and a dance floor that, during weekly events, becomes packed with swaying customers and antsy former boy-band members looking to strut their stuff one last time.
Sharx Pub's menu goes hand in hand with the excitement of sports and frothy adult beverages. It brims with battered wings, quarter-pound Angus burgers, and hefty quarter-pound hot dogs to satisfy the heftiest of appetites. While chowing down, customers can participate in a full calendar of events, including trivia on Tuesdays, Texas Hold 'Em Thursdays and Sundays, karaoke on Fridays, and UFC matches on Saturdays, when they are available. If UFC matches are not scheduled for that Saturday, Sharx Pub will have other entertainment such as acoustic musicians and Doubles Pool Tournament.
Match N Minutes multiplies singles' chances of finding new partners with speed-dating events held in local venues. Wine tastings, ice-breaker games, and other activities create a relaxed vibe, and speed-dating sessions allow for quick, pressure-free chats to evaluate chemistry. After talking to the crowd, participants jot down the names of those they're interested in on a date card. Afterward, participants can hang around and enjoy the venue's food and drink specials. Within 24 hours, organizers send out private e-mails with the names and contact information of mutually interested matches.
Manny G’s boasts a menu bursting with breakfast classics as well as sandwiches, burgers, and salads, all served in a renovated 1940s family home. The Armadillo Egg, a spicy combination of pickled jalapeno, cheddar cheese, and sausage wrapped in a biscuit ($1.95), shares the stage with sandwiches and wraps, served with homemade potato chips and a pickle. Diners can choose from varieties ranging from the turkey-spinach wrap ($7.95) to the ultimate panini, stacked with prosciutto, turkey, pepperoni, ham, salami, red onion, tomatoes, cheddar and havarti cheese, and grilled with olive oil ($9.95). The house salad’s blend of greens, mushrooms, tomatoes, onions, and cheese ($6.50) appeases those who were rabbits in a past life, and a build-your-own-burger option ($9.95) lets diners trick out 10-ounce patties with jalapenos, avocado, pepperoni, bacon, and pepper jack cheese.
Back Forty Smokehouse is all about celebrating what's best about Texas. The aromas of smoked brisket, pork ribs, and country ham waft throughout the casual space, where locals gather to catch up over authentic barbecue and ice-cold beers. As guests dine, they can also watch football on one of seven flat-screen TVs or tap their boots along to some of the Lone Star state's best live music acts.