Babe's Sports Grille offers a rollicking combination of sports-bar charm and nightlife options, with live music on the weekends, a breezy outdoor patio, and hearty eats. Eyes hustle across the menu and into the defensive line of hefty appetizers, including sautéed Cajun shrimp salad ($8) and Babe's famous wings, accompanied by one of seven sauce options such as garlic-parmesan or barbecue ($7.50 for a dozen). Guests can sink baying canine teeth into a 14-ounce strip steak, served with garlic bread ($14), or pop breaded shrimp, fries, and coleslaw into gaping maws ($8). Specialty pizzas harbor time-tested culinary combinations such as the barbecue chicken ($10) and the four-meat Italian Feast ($14), and Babe’s make-your-own pies ($9+) challenge patrons to elect their own toppings, like bite-sized state senators. Fridays and Saturdays showcase the stylings of DJs and die-hard dancers, proving that, when performed correctly, modern dance can be considered a sport.
For the quartet of entrepreneurs behind Lake City Tavern, there's no need to reinvent the wheel when it comes to pub food. Hence the eatery's mostly traditional lineup, ranging from fried green beans to smoked jumbo wings tossed in garlic parmesan. On occasion, though, cooks reassemble classic ingredients in creative ways, such as stuffing fries, bacon, egg, and cheese into a breakfast wrap available all day.
Pints and mixed drinks complement feasts, which unfold amid a near constant stream of entertainment, from dart leagues and sports on flat-screen TVs to live music and karaoke. In the summer, Lake City Tavern unveils its spacious outdoor deck and bar, which surrounds a sand volleyball court where patrons can showcase their spiking or bury their dessert for later.
Across nearly three-fourths of the United States, AMF Bowling Co. reverberates year-round as families, friends, and competitors send bowling balls in search of upright pins careening down slick lanes. The company first established itself as an industry leader in 1946, the same year the sport introduced automated pinspotters.
Today, more than 20 million bowlers annually make AMF their battleground for wars against pins. As the largest owner and and operator of bowling centers in the US, AMF locations offer high-tech scoring technology, a classic design, and a menu stocked with American-inspired classics such as wings, pizzas, burgers, and beer.
At Barley House, friends mingle over tasty libations while supping on juicy burgers, tender cuts of chicken, and satisfying soups and sandwiches. The ample bar spans an impressive 14,000 square feet—enough space to fit disc-spinning DJs to mix beats Friday and Saturday nights, a dance stage, and 4,617 bonsai trees. The kitchen proffers a smorgasbord of sliders, hoagies, pizzas, and wraps to hungry visitors refueling after jamming out to the seasonal live bands or those watching the bar’s numerous flat-screen TVs.
From Meatloaf Monday to each Friday Night Fish Fry, weeks at the Firestone Park Hideaway are filled with hearty American food. Recently reopened under new management, the bar features simple items such as breaded mushrooms, chicken wings in six types of sauce, and beef burgers, as well as a list of draft and bottled beers to help wash down every bite. At a stage in one corner of the retro, wood-paneled watering hole, DJs spin late into the night and live bands play on Saturdays.
Buckeye Lanes’ glossy lanes provide a place to foster camaraderie and healthy competition. Easily heftable bowling balls and bumpers accommodate children during normal business hours and birthday parties catered with hot dogs or pizza slices, which can be held in a person’s not-bowling hand. During Rockin' Bowl two nights a week, the alley morphs into a pulsing nightclub from midnight to 2 a.m. with orbs hurtling amid dimmed lighting and cranked up beats. In the snack bar and lounge, pool sticks thwack cue balls on eight billiards tables and patrons devour sandwiches or demolish karaoke tunes.