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.
At Skol Casbar & Grille, flames waft aromas of sizzling steaks, fish fillets, and sandwiches to tables where patrons pore over a full menu. Grilled catfish, salmon, and pork chops can be topped with a choice of grilled onions, tomatoes, or mushrooms, and sides such as blackened green beans and garlic potatoes let patrons surprise their mouths without hiding a firecracker in their napkin. Skol Steak Mondays sate twosomes by layering plates with a duo of steaks, garlic mashed potatoes, salads, and drinks.
Skol Casbar & Grille also equips catered events and in-house parties on the restaurant's patio. A selection of barbecue, Mexican, and Italian dishes fuel conversation and can easily be consumed while celebrating birthdays or hosting model U.N. meetings.
Bowling isn’t just a hobby at 300 New York—it’s a vibrant social experience worthy of luxurious flourishes. That’s why cushioned lounge seats flank each of the 32 mood-lit lanes in the main concourse area. Each of these lanes faces a large screen that flashes music videos and tutorials on how to remove stuck fingers from bowling balls. Up in The Loft, bowlers can lounge and take in views of the concourse while sipping cocktails from the full-service bar. A dedicated wait staff connects them to offerings from the onsite bar and restaurant—an eatery known for serving dishes from executive chef Chad Bowser’s menu. Some of Chad’s creations include two-bite chicken or beef sliders and hand-battered fried calamari that can be paired with anything from beer to specialty martinis.
Patrons duck through an enormous beer barrel in order to enter Taps House of Beer. The entryway hints at the ranks of 90 tap handles and condensation-dappled bottles that wait inside, populating the massive beer list. Customers find a seat at wooden tables or a brown-leather couch in the exposed-brick room, sipping on Delirium Tremens, Chimay, Maui Brewing Company’s Coconut Porter, or Racer 5, an oak-hued IPA infused with the West-Coast sunniness of Cascade hops. From the kitchen emerge pulled-pork sliders and nachos, which are easy to split among friends, unlike the last pizza in a life raft. Flat-screen televisions fill the air with news of football games, the sound punctuated by the chatter of a beer club and the performances of karaoke singers.
Griff’s has been a neighborhood favorite and prime sports bar since 1965, when the only ideal ways to follow a game were to go to your local bar or invent the internet. The technology may have changed since then, but the welcoming spirit here has not. Just take a look at Griff’s Army, a devoted pack of likeminded sports fanatics who gather at the bar to watch the games on large TVs or board Griff’s party bus to attend one in person. Of course you don’t need be a member of to take advantage of Griff's big TVs, nightly specials, Jagermeister machine, or its menu of classic pub grub fare, which includes buffalo wings and half-pound burgers. Then again, it may be worth joining just for access to toga parties or bus rides to Astros, Rockets, and Aeros games.
Lucky's Pub may not be a skyscraper, but it still manages to live up to the grand scale of its downtown surroundings. For starters, there's the 21-foot HDTV, which––along with the 50 other TVs interspersed throughout the bar––ensures an un-restricted view of pro and college games from every seat. Likewise the beer list clocks in at a staggering 280-brews strong and counting, yielding almost limitless pairings when combined with pub fare such as pizzas, wings, and sandwiches like the Lucky Cubano with pork, honey ham, and swiss cheese. Add in games such as pool, shuffleboard, and darts, and Lucky's Pub is the perfect place to settle in, kick back, and stay until the games are long over and the players have all crawled back into their gym bags.