Once upon a time there were three friends?Bill, Michael, and Brendan?who loved three simple things: food, drink, and sports. They decided to combine their passions into a business where visitors could share in their enjoyment. Thus, they founded Third Base, a sports bar that began offering drink specials, classic bar food, and endlessly televised sports as soon as it opened. The community enjoyed the establishment so much, the owners soon expanded, opening two additional locations.
Each Third Base location boasts all the amenities locals have come to expect from the proprietors. In addition to numerous flat-screen TVs that bathe the dining rooms in a technicolor glow, sports action is also beamed to the relaxing patios. Drink specials include cocktails and beers, though there are also creative signature drinks like a frozen sangria-laced margarita. The kitchen serves up such treats as a black-and-blue burger, tilapia tacos, wings in eight different sauces, blackened salmon, and decadent milk shakes. On special occasions, Third Base plays host to events that range from crayfish boils to live music to tailgates that celebrate the invention of beer cozies.
If you can take it, Zingers can dish it out, so long as the "it" is food. Today's Groupon gets you $30 worth of sips and savories at Zingers Bar and Grill for $15. Count on finding extensive appetizers, American eats, and a compound-word sport where the second word is most likely "ball" playing on flat-screen televisions. You can't use this Groupon during happy hour, but you can use it on lunch specials.
From its expansive open-air patio to its host of friendly servers, Cuatro’s cultivates a breezy dining experience in every sense of the word. As diners survey sports across 13 TV screens, including the massive 10'x10' “Cuatro-tron,” the kitchen staff sets to work dressing up the menu's two familiar staples—burgers and tacos—with eclectic ingredients. Tacos brim with meaty fillings such as brisket, chipotle chicken, and grilled shrimp, and burger patties steam under a cover of jalapeños, avocado slices, and fried eggs. Diners' four-legged companions also eat well at Cuatro’s, as the outdoor patio is dotted with water bowls, dog treats, and snout-sized moist towelettes.
Founded by a posse of Kentucky-area natives, Trifecta On 3rd distinguishes itself with an enormous bourbon selection and a gourmet bar menu heavy on specialty pizzas. These house pies include the Southwestern chorizo, made with fresh, golden corn and cilantro, and the Fireball, which scalds mouths with jalapeños, serranos, habaneros, and, when in season, the notoriously nuclear Ghost Chili. Between bites, patrons can escape to Trifecta's expansive patio lest their ear-steam obstruct others' view of the interior's seven flat-screen TVs.
Clicks Billiards caters to competitive crowds with 19 Brunswick pool tables, including 9-foot Gold Crown tables and eight regulation-size shooting surfaces. Under the low lighting of the cue area, guests can challenge an opponent to a dance around the pool table before breaking bread. Refill your food tank with a burger and fries ($6, prices vary by location), buffalo wings ($7.75 per dozen), or fries ($3.75) before topping it off with a longneck domestic bottle ($3), a mixed drink blended in a wobbly washing machine, or Sutter Home white zinfandel ($4). Consumption can also occur while aiming for bull's-eyes on dartboards, which helped earn "Best Place to Shoot Darts" in 2008, from the Phoenix New Times, or participating in National Trivia Network (NTN) play.
For all his implied promiscuity, Mister Tramps stocks an impressive menu of gold-medal pub fare. Work your way up to a flavor overdose by getting tipsy off of the drunken fries ($5.99), an intoxicating concoction of crispy fries smothered in queso sauce and jalapeños. For a more sober starter, saddle up a garden horse of mixed greens, goat cheese, pecans, pears, and mushroom crostini with the heart-hearty goat cheese salad ($6.99). Mister Tramps' pizzas are hand-rolled with homemade dough and come in flavorful scents such as the vagabond ($9.99), a sultry mix of leeks, bacon, goat cheese, and basil-pesto sauce. With the BYOP option, DIY diners get to create their own pizza from a multitude of topping choices ($7.99 for one topping, each additional pie-packer is $1). And if there's a European club football game on any of the bar's seemingly infinite flat-screen TVs and you forgot your scarf at home, beef up on some team pride with the smokey Denmark sausages ($6.99), which include your choice of kielbasa, jalapeño kielbasa, or bratwurst with kraut and Dijon mustard.