McFadden's Restaurant & Saloon, which now has locations from coast to coast, first opened its doors just a few blocks from Times Square in New York City in 1977. The founder, Steve McFadden, drew upon his Irish heritage when creating the menu and even incorporated his family's own shepherd’s pie recipe. Diners will also find international pub grub such as burgers, sandwiches, and hand-cut top sirloin to accompany the bar’s full selection of beers and cocktails. The atmosphere gets lively after dark here, as groups cheer on their favorite sports teams, shimmy to DJ-spun music, and perform round-off back-handsprings.
When Apollo’s Lounge debuted in 1960, it didn’t specifically cater to the GLBTQ community. But by 1985 it had transformed into an open-minded place to enjoy colorful entertainment. Thursdays through Saturdays are always karaoke nights, but you never know when a striptease show might unfold.
Rambunctious headliner Chris Bennett, a comedian previously featured on Jimmy Kimmel Live!, will comically congregate with top local comedians for Hidden House's signature Comedy on Tap night, a stand-up show that left the Phoenix New Times "feeling buzzed and re-energized." Nosh on Hidden House's cocktails and snacks that can be delivered from Mexican restaurant Mi-Patio (not included in the Groupon) as Bennett slings his high-energy and sometimes improvisational comedy. Three local acts will warm up the crowd, helping them forget about haunted board meetings of the past week, before Bennett takes the stage. Conveniently located near the light rail, visitors need not worry about operating cars or rocket-powered Vespas after having a couple of libations at the show.
Executive chef and painter Nathan Arguello turns burgers into edible canvasses. With a palette of spicy honey molasses, cinnamon pears, and lemon-garlic aioli, he yields a Fez burger that’s as dazzling to the eye as it is to the tongue. Equally swoon-worthy is the lounge, which features asymmetrical furniture and hanging lamps.
Blue Martini's eponymous cocktail might be the first on their list of "classic" martinis, but those ordering it shouldn't expect it to look traditional. For starters, it's not clear, but blue (of course). It also eschews the usual glassware, arriving over ice in an oversized snifter rather than a martini glass. The drink gets its hue from a dose of Blue Cura?ao, and its taste from a blend of vodka, Cointreau, and orange juice, a mixture patrons can continue to stir with the glow stick that comes propped inside the glass. Blue Martini is able to take such liberties with their libations because they've created 40 unique specialty martinis, a list that draws from flavor inspirations as varied as cucumber, caramel, and sour apple. There's even four different "skinny" martinis, which weigh in at less than 250 calories each.
It's not all martinis, though; bartenders are adept at crafting limitless cocktails, popping bottles of champagne, and pairing guests with selections of red and white wines almost exclusively from California. To keep their drinks company, guests can order from a succinct, yet diverse menu of dishes including a beef tenderloin flatbread and seared tuna with an Asian seaweed and calamari salad. The upscale, sizable environs at each Blue Martini location make them ideal party venues; in fact, hosts can even treat their guests to bites from party platter menus designed to feed up to 400 people or one really hungry garbage disposal.