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Though deft at trick shots, Tyler Voorhees doesn't expect beginning pool players to immediately master the game's intricate physics and geometry. So he focuses on fundamentals during his private and small group lessons at Rockford Billiard Cafe, even filming his students so they can review their techniques with video feedback. From there, pupils can join one of the café's leagues, vie for the top spot in a tournament, or just play a pickup round on 1 of 17 tables. An in-house pro shop even stocks more than 150 pool cues for purchase, as well as onsite cue repair services.

Not everything at Rockford Billiard Cafe revolves around its namesake sport. Darts hit bullseyes, royal flushes trump other hands on video poker units, and catchy tunes resound from an online jukebox. To reenergize patrons after long stretches of playing or dancing, cooks serve up classic bar snacks such as buffalo wings, mozzarella sticks, and pizza.

1434 N Main St
Rockford,
IL
US

Although the culinary team at Tempo Italian Bistro & Lounge specializes in traditional Italian dishes, its menu isn't entirely orthodox. Alongside classics such as chicken parmesan and lasagna, cooks top pizzas with cheesesteak fixings and craft Italian-style po' boys with meatballs and housemade marinara sauce. Feasts unfold inside Tempo's dining room or jazz lounge, where local musicians riff and wail until 1 a.m. every Friday and Saturday. Besides Italian dinners, Tempo—located in the Best Western Clock Tower Resort—hosts daily breakfasts with hearty options such as cinnamon french toast and fruity mélanges of honeydew and cantaloupe.

7801 East State Street
Rockford,
IL
US

An extension of Minhas Craft Brewery, Minhas Micro Distillery's heritage of handcrafting fine spirits dates back to 1845. Today, the facility produces vodka, rum, Irish cream, horchata, and rye whiskey. Guests can visit the tour center and take home with them the latest clothing, glassware, and collectibles.

1208 14th Ave
Monroe,
WI
US