In the kitchen of Tavern on the Lake, chefs not only cook pub classics such as 14-ounce burgers with mushrooms and onions but also an upscale house made ravioli entrees with scallops, chorizo, and mascarpone cheese. Meanwhile, patrons sing karaoke tunes, listen to live band performances, or adjourn to the outdoor patio to sip a pint of beer from the full bar.
Trenton Social's convivial environment sprawls from its indoor lounge to its cozy outdoor patio, where dining and drinking often melds with special events. Its menu fuels guests with eats ranging from seafood and pastas to hot sandwiches and parmesan fries. Between drinks on Sundays, guests can learn to shimmy as salsa dancers teach free lessons, and monthly bike trips explore historic Trenton as tour guides expound upon relevant historical morsels, such as stories of the brutal penny-farthing gangs of old.
At Sportsmens Pub, a stout brick façade bottles up the raucous laughter and warm camaraderie of the pub’s friendly crowd of neighborhood regulars. Sporting events flicker on television screens as bartenders pour frothy brews into pints and pitchers, and servers deliver trays of appetizers to the bar, including cheesesteak and buffalo chicken egg rolls. Half-pound burgers and giant calzones stuffed with ingredients such as spinach, meatballs, and peppers that apply a full-court press on larger appetites. On Friday nights, the pub hosts free Texas Hold ‘em tournaments for poker enthusiasts or those looking for an excuse to wear sunglasses indoors. Pool tables and dart boards provide a competitive arena for local team competitions. Sportsmens Pub’s menu of tasty pub fare takes its act on the road with a catering service that insulates bellies celebrating birthdays or a dog’s reelection to the town council.
Within its historic brick home exterior, the Olde Liberty Tavern's renovated hardwood floors, high-topped tables, and flat-screen televisions create an unexpectedly modern atmosphere for patrons. In the main room, black-and-white eight balls sink into pool tables' pockets while guests concentrate on hitting bull's-eyes during games of darts with friends or dart leagues. Scheduled live music performances and DJ sets provide background soundtracks for diners who dig into third-pound burgers, buffalo chicken wings, and orders of mini egg rolls cooked under a shrink ray. To pair with bites, bartenders sling domestic and imported brews and mix specialty cocktails.
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Walking into Slocum's Bowling Center is like jumping backwards in time. All around you, bowlers lounge in orange vinyl chairs beneath paneled ceilings or head to the wood-paneled bar for a snack. The 80-year-old bowling alley's retro decor conceals welcome anachronisms, however, such as the Steltronic SuperElex auto scoring and automatic pinsetters that govern 12 gleaming lanes. During Saturday-night laser bowling, the sound system pumps out high-energy tunes as bowlers roll strikes and spares. At Sloc’s Grille, bowlers can lift a variety of handheld fare such as burgers and sandwiches, keeping fingers limber for their next attempt to steal the key to the city out of the mayor's pocket.