Alter Ego Tapas & Lounge transforms each day, going from a family-friendly lunch haven to a bustling nocturnal lounge that serves small plates, sandwiches, and an exhaustive drink list. Kick off eating escapades with portobello potbelly's, mushrooms housing sundried tomatoes, artichoke hearts, feta cheese, and spinach ($6.50) before occupying hands with a pita tuna melt ($6.99) or a big bacon burger ($7.99). Tapas, which are small enough to fit inside a hollowed out VCR, include items such as ego bites, six beer-battered chicken nuggets, and hummus ($4.50 for one item, $10.50 for three items). Each pair nicely with an assortment of domestic beer ($1.50–$2.75), imported beer ($3.75–$4.75), and mixed drinks ($3.50–$6).
Escape Oxygen Bar breathes energy into Greenville with a bar that bestows all the luxuriant necessities of life: crisp air, mirthful meals, adult nectar, a dimly lit dance floor, and aromatic inhalables. An oxygen bar treatment ($5) enhances atmospheric ambience by blushing lungs with fragrant air, stimulating the mind until it can solve crossword puzzles written in Pig Latin. Tip back a top-shelf cocktail ($5) and dip low on the laser-lit dance floor, or win back your detachable third hand on one of two vast pool tables. The hookah bar ($5 per person) soothes smokers with an exotic inhalant that preps parched palates for socially agreeable dishes such as chicken wings ($5.50) or cheese fries ($4). The value of this Groupon cannot be used toward cover charges.
A visit to Habiba Mediterranean Restaurant begins with a puff of smoke. Seated on the patio, groups of friends share conversation and hookahs bubbling with a variety of flavors. Inside, these aromatic fumes give way to the appetizing aromas of traditional Moroccan, Lebanese, and Indian cuisine. Here, chefs slide ground lamb onto skewers and blend chickpeas into hummus using nothing but a stern gaze. Lamb shanks are slow roasted in a spice mix, and their refreshing tabouli salad combines bulghur wheat, parsley, tomato, mint, lemon, & olive oil. Bartenders pour wine and beer at a full bar paneled in glossy wood, which reflects walls awash with rich reds and greens.
Since 1993, Cirque Dreams' family-friendly variety extravaganzas have called upon a cast of acrobats, strongmen, and daredevils to wring the oohs and aahs out of audiences with tremendous feats of derring-do. During each themed production, more than 100 performers garbed in dazzling outfits twirl high in the air, contort their bodies into impossible shapes, and solve long division problems to earn uproarious applause from the crowd. At Dream Studios in Pompano Beach, Florida, hundreds of contracted artists from around the world develop their skills and prep for Cirque Dreams performances under the direction of Neil Goldberg and his team of choreographers, contortionists, and designers.
Evincing a history that dates back to 1881 and includes stints as a city jail and a silent-film palace, the 426-seat Newberry Opera House is a spectacle in itself. A recent multimillion-dollar renovation project modernized the institution's eclectic Victorian craftwork by adding state-of-the-art lighting and sound systems and removing the horse-drawn curtain-raising system.