A lengthy lineup of traditional game-day fare and a sports atmosphere captivate fans at Fox and Hound - Bailey's, where the kitchen remains open as late as its neighboring fully stocked bar. Chefs cook until the wee hours of the morning and always until the bar closes, baking Bavarian pretzel starters, crafting towers of onion rings, and preparing hand-battered chicken tenders that are cooked until they are golden brown. They blend their own seasonings to sprinkle over grilled-to-order burgers, and draw from a diverse roster of cheeses and toppings to crown their wood-oven-inspired flatbreads.
While manning the bars, bartenders tap into a stash of libations, such as UV Whipped vodka and Patron Silver tequila, to mix their specialty cocktails. To further foster a sporting ambiance, high-definition TVs glow with sports games and custom music-video playlists, and guests partake in pastimes of ump bashing, billiards, or competitive people watching.
PourHouse Sports Grill is all about watching sports. The interior dedicates 17 flat-screen TVs to showcasing all major athletic events, and even offers a private business room with theater-style seating and a 12-foot jumbo screen. Alternatively, the outdoor patio, visible through windows that span almost from the floor to the ceiling, invites diners to settle in at wrought-iron tables and gaze upon picturesque views of Unicorn Lake instead of a TV.
Of course, PourHouse's menu offers a food lineup as deep as its TV selection, with a salvo of noshables that pair well with any great game. It starts with buffalo-wing appetizers classed up with one of six levels of spiciness—from a sweet teriyaki to a classic spicy buffalo sauce. Beyond wings, the menu catalogs never-frozen burgers refined with slices of avocado or sautéed mushrooms. PourHouse also serves an original rotisserie-cooked chicken, which, like the loser of a good TV cooking competition, is marinated in olive oil and spiced with a dash of curry.
The industrial-rock force of Filter pipes more than 17 years of raw, cathartic hits into the ears of fans, hammering crowds with its signature blend of mechanical mayhem and guitar-driven calamity. From the band's debut album, Short Bus, which bore the mid-'90s smash “Hey Man Nice Shot,” through its latest collection of screamable valentines, The Trouble With Angels, lead singer and guitarist Richard Patrick’s urgent voice conveys a football coach’s heartbreak and a guidance counselor’s angst. Kicking off the show, an assembly of musical hotshots joins Lone Star Emmy winner Matthew JC for a performance by the JC Allstars, a rock 'n' roll and prêt-à-porter hybrid featuring monster riffs and tantalizing runway models. Hat Tricks Sports Bar and Grill regales ears in a quaint venue that holds up to 350 people and 1,000 of their imaginary friends. Meanwhile, a bevy of big-screen TVs showcases NCAA and NFL games for sports-related merriment.
The Loophole, chock-full of courthouse-themed noshes, rests within one of the oldest buildings in Denton, which is outfitted with a wood-filled and exposed-brick-laden interior. The Judge Waldorf salad, packed with sliced granny smith apples, walnuts, cranberries, grilled chicken, and blue cheese ($8.49), stokes appetite fires before meaty patties extinguish them with the help of the jalapeño- and cheese-topped Jailbird ($6.49) and mushroom- and swiss-infused DA burger ($6.99). The Deposition dip sandwich presents lean roast beef dressed in extra au jus ($7.49), and the Perjury po' boy leaps into stomachs wearing a Cajun-seasoned fried-shrimp cape ($7.49).
Sports fans won’t miss a play if they head to Red Dog Right to watch games. The restaurant plays every one of the Texas team's match-ups, fueling the festivities with a menu of game-ready eats. Chefs pile toppings such as grilled maple ham, smoked gouda, and sweet pineapple onto pizzas and stuff flour-tortilla pockets with cheddar and hamburger, giving quesadillas a hometown spin. They also toss wings with sweet Coca-Cola bacon BBQ sauce or ultra-hot ring of fire sauce. Events and specials change monthly, but guests can usually expect happy hours with discounted wings and complimentary popcorn.
Name something you don't like about going to the gym, and chances are good that Brickhouse Cardio Club has done something to fix it. For one, members build a personal connection with their instructors, since every instructor is full--time and leads classes at the same time every week. Even before they join, members engage with the staff in a preliminary one-on-one session to go over their health history and determine their fitness goals. Even the studios have been meticulously designed to give students their best workout ever: the specialized hardwood floors are easy on the joints, and powerful sound systems help energize students and drown out the tiny cries of calories burning. The formula has worked well, as the club has established locations in nearly two dozen US states, plus one in Ontario.