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Hawgs & Dogs' friendly wait staff pours a cascade of 10 draft beers and slings a menu of hearty pub fare in a casual sports-bar setting. Guzzle a bottled brew of Miller ($2.50) or Heineken ($3.50) while noshing on the legendary country fried steak, a 6-ounce steak smothered in homestyle peppered gravy ($10). Sweet Baby Ray's barbecue chicken platter barrel rolls in Ray's eponymous barbecue sauce ($8), delivering a tangy slap to zoned-out taste buds. Hawgs & Dogs' roadhouse chilidogs stake out a slab of stomach real estate with two quarter-pound, all-beef hot dogs, doused in a roadhouse-chili cornucopia of ground beef, diced tomatoes, pinto beans, corn, mild green chilies, fiery jalapeños, and microscopic fire extinguishers ($8).

5614 Saint Charles Road
Columbia,
MO
US

Cuisine Type: Modern global; American cuisine

Established: 2008

Reservations: Required

Handicap Accessible: Yes

Number of Tables: 11?25

Parking: Parking garage

Most popular offering: Lobster mac 'n' cheese

Alcohol: Full bar

Delivery / Take-out Available: Yes

Outdoor Seating: Yes

Pro Tip: Please make your reservations ahead of time, we'll be happy to have your table reserved and ready.

Q&A with Billy Giordano, Owner/Manager

Are there any dishes on the menu you consider to be a hidden gem?not necessarily the most popular, but surprisingly delicious?

Our scallops are amazing. Can't go wrong with the diablo shrimp and grits either.

D?cor can say a lot about the type of food a restaurant serves. How does your d?cor inform or reflect your culinary practice?

We have a comfortable, quaint, contemporary lounge setting, offering an upscale feel with a casual approach. We like to focus on the social dining aspect of eating out. Not stuffy, just well-executed.

In your own words, how would you describe your menu?

It's a global approach to modern American dining. Very eclectic, offering vegetarian and gluten free options, along with your traditional offerings in a not-so-traditional way. There's honestly a little bit of something for any palate.

Is there anything else you want to add that we didn't cover?

Large group and private parties are our specialty, we pack the house on a regular basis for birthdays and celebrations.

38 N 8th St
Columbia,
MO
US

Something happens at Nash Vegas during the weekend. People start to tap their toes, as new bands take the stage and fill the bar with sounds of country music. At some point, patrons can no longer resist the urge to hit the dance floor and boogie like Johnny Cash used to when no one was looking. Events like these unfold at 9 p.m. each and every weekend, though that's not the only time the sounds of honky tonk fill the bar. Nash Vegas has been known to host weekday events as well, such as a Tuesday Night Tequila Jam complete with specials on beer and shots. The bar also serves pizza, and patrons can play pool when not cheering on live bands.

929 E Broadway
Columbia,
MO
US

With its multitudes of flat-screen TVs, mouthwatering appetizers, onsite sand volleyball pit, and front and rear outdoor patios, it's safe to say that Tiger Club is a sports haven. The 20-year-old bar was recently remodeled, and guests can saddle up to the brand new bar to catch the game or grab a slice of thin-crust pizza. Outside, volleyball teams fight for the championship and their parents’ approval as guests gather at the tables surrounding the court, enjoying cold beers and cocktails. Back inside the bar, the party rages on as friendly patrons create what the staff has dubbed “a Cheers-like atmosphere.”

1116 Business Loop 70 E
Columbia,
MO
US

Freezing Missouri winter winds howl outside Tropical Liqueurs' fogged-up windows, but inside, the atmosphere is decidedly beach-like. Palm trees and nautical knickknacks decorate the lively interior, but the true stars of this tropically themed watering hole are the frozen-drink dispensers, which churn with colorful, fruity potations. Bartenders load large styrofoam cups with potent slushies made from creative combinations of juices, liqueurs, and fruit purées. They rotate drink selections regularly, spotlighting a toasted-almond concoction one week—packed with coffee liquor, amaretto, and vanilla ice cream—and a daiquiri with fresh strawberries the next. Icy potations in hand, visitors turn their attention to games of pool or flat-screen televisions, which broadcast local sports games or horror movies where local sports games come to a temporary halt when the mascot turns out to be an actual tiger. During warmer months, visitors loll in the sun out on the wooden patio and enjoy the beverages that Inside Columbia hailed as a "Columbia staple" when it dubbed Tropical Liqueurs the Best Place for a Girls' Night Out in 2012.

515 East Broadway
Columbia,
MO
US

There's always something happening this eclectic bar, from standup to trivia to karaoke. Theme nights run Monday–Saturday and draw a diverse and friendly crowd that sips microbrews while playing board games, swigs PBR while dancing the night away, or quaffs other adult libations out of the bar's rentable drinking horns. Two dartboards, a pinball machine, and a jukebox add a vintage element to the spot, and free WiFi keeps patrons connected to the present. Eastside Tavern does not serve food, but folks are encouraged to take advantage of the BYO eats policy.

1016 E Broadway
Columbia,
MO
US