Rhythm In Motion’s staff of twirling professionals brings forth extensive skills in everything from salsa to ballet to the foxtrot. The instructors teach the secrets of graceful movement to students of all levels during group lessons or private lessons for individuals or couples. A 90-minute practice party on Fridays then encourages students to practice newly learned moves, socialize, and perfect dips and twirls away from the judgmental eyes of the family guinea pig.
Bowland Centers specialize in family entertainment, boasting multiple lanes and modern scoring systems that add a degree of leisure to any frame. Lanes are equipped with kid-friendly pop-up bumpers and spacious seating areas—the prime place to lace up a fresh pair of shoes ($3.25 per pair). Play game by game ($4.25 per game) or rent a lane by the hour ($16 before 6 p.m., $20 after 6 p.m.) while taking in the symphony of pin-knocks and hand-fives. En route to the semi-perfect game, guests can also stop by Nemo's Sports Cafe, which features ample amounts of eats and drinks, big screens televisions, and people who know your name, because you typed it up on the scoreboard.
The authentic tastes of Key West pounce across palates at Leapin’ Lizard, where an extensive menu of steak and seafood dishes tempers belly squalls amid the sprightly sounds of live entertainment. Patrons vanquish appetites with the slow-roasted queen- and king-cut prime rib (market price) and swathe landlocked taste buds in a deep-sea deluge of oysters on the half shell (market price). Teeth excavate through the jalapeño and cheddar layers of the Smokin' Southwest burger ($7.99) in search of the juicy beef patty at its center, and spoons sink into the spicy andouille sausage, shrimp, and chicken of the Cajun gumbo stew ($10.99). Leapin’ Lizard's full bar balances out the bayou heat with more than 35 varieties of beer—a regional beverage that explorer Juan Ponce de León first sipped at the fizzy golden spring of the Fountain of Youth. The invigorating drinks menu featuring specialty rum runners, such as the Hot Damn Taz, pairs well with weekly events and the plethora of live rock and roll music Tuesday through Sunday.
A strictly 21+ establishment, BackStreets Sports Bar sates starving stomachs with a munchable menu and quenches thirsty gullets in indoor and outdoor bar areas. Guests can order a cold beer or carefully crafted cocktail and along with deep-fried crab fritters to prevent insides from sloshing audibly ($6.75). A Meat Lovers pizza piles pepperoni, sausage, ham, bacon, and meatballs on a 12-inch ($12.95) or 16-inch ($15.95) frame, perfect for splitting or tossing like a Frisbee with carnivorous friends. Burgers built from quarter-pound ($4.25) or half-pound ($5.50) foundations come stacked with chosen cheeses and favored veggies, and specialty sandwiches range from a basic bacon, egg, and cheese ($4.25) to the fully loaded hot Italian sub with ham, salami, bologna, cheese, and veggies bathed in oil and vinegar ($6.95).
"I have two great loves in my life," Executive Chef Drew Tait says, "my wife and my cooking." So it's fitting that he oversees operations at two adjacent eateries, Marker 92 Waterfront Bar & Bistro and The Nauti Mermaid Dockside Bar & Grill. Marker 92 Waterfront Bar & Bistro, located inside the Westin Cape Coral Resort at Marina Village, features upscale dishes with Chef Tait's trademark usage of unexpected ingredients. Bourbon-glazed pork ribs are served with pickled watermelon, for instance, while broiled salmon is accented with the flavors of green tea. The unique cuisine is complemented by eye-catching decor; the wine selection is displayed in rich wood cases around the dining room, a circular space that makes the raftered ceiling look like a ship's wheel.
Just a few steps outside is The Nauti Mermaid Dockside Bar & Gril, a casual waterfront spot with tables lined up on the patio and a bar tucked under a gazebo. Here, Chef Tait offers a menu of flatbreads and salads, as well as hearty black Angus burgers. Happy hour often synchronizes its watch with the sunset, offering a colorful backdrop to the live music that frequently echoes out of both restaurants.
Outside The Edison Restaurant & Bar, a circular fountain and a thriving, vibrant lawn invite diners to step up to a white-shingled edifice that looks as much like a home as a restaurant. Inside, black brick walls, black-and-white portraiture, and a finished-wood piano bespeak the eatery's elegant yet unpretentious air. Executive chef Stuart Gordon, who has spent time in the Caribbean, the United Kingdom, and Barbados, utilizes years of experience in top restaurants to craft full-flavored dishes. Six dining areas, each with their own ambiance, accommodate private meetings and parties. In the aptly named Chandelier Bar, sports fans can cheer for their team with pints in hand and charbroiled cheeseburger in mouth. And on the terrace bar, patrons can peer across to the Fort Myers Country Club and admire its flourishing palm trees and well-maintained missile defense system.