University of Florida fans tuck into booths, sit along the bar, and lean across a blue-felt pool table while they enjoy the lively atmosphere and sports action at Gator Tales Sports Bar. The kitchen sates patrons with a long list of edibles, and bartenders keep whistles whetted and in tune with cool drafts of Miller Lite and Amber Bock. Ceiling fans manufacture breezes on the outdoor tiki bar, surrounded by key-lime-green walls and twin flat-screen TVs, and a mounted gator head smiles above the bar inside.
The snipers at Mars Pub and Laser Tag equip pseudo-soldiers with the gear needed to gently zap their opponents. During each 10-minute battle, up to 14 gamers swarm the 3,000-square-foot laser tag arena, which is enhanced by black lights, glow-in-the-dark paint, and a grinning cat mural that is both cute and distracting. In addition to wielding pretend weapons, soldiers are welcome to relieve cramped trigger fingers with cold ones while waiting for the next skirmish. The pub's drink list includes Guinness, Magic Hat, Pabst Blue Ribbon tall boys, and wine. Mars Pub and Laser Tag wages war Monday–Saturday, with nighttime hours extending as late as 2 a.m. to accommodate graveyard diggers in need of a postbreakfast adrenaline rush.
A steady wave of live music erupts from both floors of the establishment, whether it be DJ Robzilla mixing beats in the lounge or Mama Trish plucking acoustic melodies on the patio. Meanwhile, open-mic poetry nights give versatile versesmiths a respectful audience to recite sonnets about hygiene found on truck stop hand dryers.
The groomers at Grateful Dog Grooming like to say that they treat every fur-covered client like a member of the family—which isn’t surprising given they have team members such as Sally, a spunky Boston terrier, making regular appearances and greeting visitors with wide grins. Within the shop’s warm orange walls, groomers give dogs and cats an all-over styling with services such as bathing, teeth brushing, nail filing, and hot-oil treatments. Staffers can even give pets a bit of style by adding a decorative scarf or a gold-rimmed monocle before owners return to retrieve their four-legged pals.
A massive big-screen television casts a festive glow across Wing City’s dining room. Pitchers of beer slosh atop tables next to sizzling plates of finger food, including wings doused in 20 types of sauce. Specialty sandwiches, such as classic burgers and philly cheesesteaks, provide filling meals or tasty footballs in case patrons are inspired to go long.
At their studio in historic Riverside, the artists of Old School Electric Tattoos adorn bodies with both ink and piercings. Helmed by a master tattooist, body-art professionals possess experience in an array of styles, such as East Coast, West Coast, portraits, and illustrations. They also apply their experience in custom designs, helping guests develop original images or dynamic renderings of their social security number. Beside the tattoo team, piercers work under the direction of several master practitioners who studied with renowned body-modification artists such as Fakir Musafar and Steve Haworth. Each member of Old School Electric Tattoos' staff complies with certified sterilization standards and biohazard practices.
Lashelle's Lash Bar's list of services proves that the shop offers lash looks for all occasions. They deck out peepers in individual or strips of lashes, crafting everything from subtle touchups for girls' nights out to dramatic fringe for Twiggy look-alike contests. All of their lashes are made from quality materials, including mink and human hair. To complement their specialty, the aestheticians also offer facial, waxing, and nail services.