At Mill Pond Tap and Grill, bartenders fill mammoth 60-ounce mugs with fresh brews every night of the week, pouring to the tune of live music on Saturday nights and the soulful crooning of locals on Friday Karaoke nights. A recently updated menu fuels the revelry, with a diverse cast of pastas, wraps, and burgers effectively hushing the howls of outspoken digestive tracts. In between bites, visitors chuck darts at insolent bull's eyes and blow referee whistles at billiards players who shoot out of turn.
The London Tap House's exposed brick walls absorb the nightly sound waves of DJ-spun tunes as revellers shake it across an expansive dance floor. Staffed by experienced party planners, the venue is frequently host to birthday parties, stag and stagette nights, and workplace gatherings. Their specialized party packages often include accoutrements such as food-and-drink bundles as well as elaborate entrances comprised of limousine arrivals followed by choreographed tango numbers with the chauffeur. Once inside, guests can raise a champagne or beer toast in black leather booths, request a DJ shout-out, or save the last slow dance for the in-house dance pole.
Kiwi partners with the Cambridge Farmer’s Market to bring its patrons fresh, locally acquired ingredients. In fact, the staff brings those ingredients to guests in the finished form of plates such as short rib ragu, lamb cevapi, NY strips, and glazed halibut. However, there are vegetarian options, such as the veggie burger. The eatery offers breakfast, lunch, and dinner, with a culinary blend that's Italian, American, and Canadian.
With 40,000 or so people of Arabic descent in London, Joe Alomeiri—a native of Jordan—knew a Middle Eastern restaurant would be well received by the city. He also had a feeling that non-Arabs might be curious to explore some traditions of his culture, including shisha. So, in 2008, he opened Crazy Joe's Shisha Cafe, naming it with the moniker he earned from his years working multiple jobs at once, often with very little sleep.
Joe allows himself to spend more time counting sheep, now that his sole focus is on his authentic shisha cafe. Free from tobacco, tar, and nicotine, herbal shisha—smoked from a water pipe, also known as a hookah—comes bathed in fragrant flavours, from fruity apple, guava, and peach to more indulgent tastes, such as chocolate and whiskey. Guests at Crazy Joe's can sink into a cushy sofa as they puff shisha and sip hot tea, or slide into a table and enjoy Middle Eastern favourites, such as chicken shawarma and falafel. On Saturday night, every seat in the house gets a full view of live belly dancers, who twist and shimmy amid the cafe’s vibrant, curry-coloured walls and blonde hardwood floors.
Bernie's Bar and Grill answers the greatest question in life—"What's for dinner?"—with a truckload of pub food. Its kitchen cooks up something for everyone—barbecue burgers, Reubens, chicken burritos, falafel, torpedo shrimp, pizza, and steak. Though beer is in great supply here, Bernie's is equal parts family restaurant and sports pub. At each location, the cozy booths and tables where parents and kids share potato skins and sundaes are joined by a wood bar, where TVs broadcast sports, athletic jerseys huddle in corners, and pennants hang overhead.