To lend Park Avenue's exposed-brick dining room its atmospheric lighting, the windows of its New York City skyline mural cast a faint white and green glow. The restaurant's mural and name aren't its only nods to NYC: there's also the Big Apple burger, which arrives smothered with fried mozzarella, bacon, avocado, a fried egg, and zesty salsa. The rest of the menu runs the gamut from bar staples, such as sliders and boneless wings, to steak-house classics including 12-ounce rib eyes doused with brown mushroom-cream gravy. Martinis, shots, and other drinks from the full bar complement these meals, which often precede late-night entertainment such as live bands and DJs.
Most buildings don't include a 13th floor, and for good reason. Far from simple superstition, the 13th Floor Haunted House bears out the worst fears of its visitors. Nightmares are unleashed as a group called the Darkstalkers, under the command of the powerful Harvester, prowl for visitors amid the shadows. And, once inside the Vault, intruders might find themselves unable to escape—and forced to balance the spirits' checkbooks for eternity.
Step into Valley Sip'n Paint with nothing but a bottle of wine, and you'll leave with a custom work of art. The staff gets you set up with all the art supplies you need for its BYOB painting classes, including the wine glasses and corkscrew where you can then paint, sip, talk, and relax. You don't even need to have any prior artistic experience. The instructors?professional artists themselves?will walk you through that night's painting brushstroke by brushstroke, helping even folks who have never picked up a paintbrush leave with a one-of-a-kind piece.
Kids can get in on the action, too. Special afternoon classes teach little ones paint how to paint their favorite cartoon character or Kandinsky painting. Valley Sip'n Paint is available for private parties as well, providing the perfect cocktail-fueled atmosphere for birthdays or bachelorette parties.
Upside Down entrances the senses with an inverted neon sign, luminous 200-inch TVs, a hypnotic blue-and-white-whorled floor, live music and comedy, and a menu of hearty burgers, salads, and sandwiches. Mesmerize your mouth with six traditional ($5.25) or boneless ($7.59) wings doused in mild, hot, lemon pepper, barbecue, or parmesan-garlic sauce and served with homemade blue-cheese dressing. Cheddar, bacon, grilled onions, and thousand-island dressing mingle on the Black Hole burger ($7.99) and sliced turkey cozies up in the Backwards Bird sandwich with a melted-jack-cheese comforter and avocado throw pillow ($7.99). For a fragrant denouement, choose from more than one dozen flavors of hookah to practice puffing smoke rings or more baroque smoke fleurs-di-lis.
Located on South Padre Island?with gorgeous views of the beach?Coconuts Bar and Grill is unsurprisingly a popular spot for spring breakers. But guests needn't wait for a special reason to come by for tasty beach-appropriate eats and drinks. The menu brims with baskets of cheese fries, fried fish, jerk burgers, and more. And, tropical drinks like rum runners, frozen daiquiris, and margaritas maintain the island theme.