A massive big-screen television casts a festive glow across Wing City’s dining room. Pitchers of beer slosh atop tables next to sizzling plates of finger food, including wings doused in 20 types of sauce. Specialty sandwiches, such as classic burgers and philly cheesesteaks, provide filling meals or tasty footballs in case patrons are inspired to go long.
Comedy Zone delights audiences with a riotous cocktail of local talent, up-and-coming laughter mongers, and big-name comedic performances. The 2011 membership grants chuckle-card carriers free admission to any Tuesday–Friday comedic showdown, excluding celebrity shows and special events. Witness the clever antics and foreboding premonitions of talented comedians of all dispositions as they satisfy cackle cravings with intelligent anecdotes and edgy humor. Comedy-Zone-membership holders also enjoy various VIP discounts throughout the year, ensuring funny bones and their less laughable femur cousins stay in the comedic loop.
At their studio in historic Riverside, the artists of Old School Electric Tattoos adorn bodies with both ink and piercings. Helmed by a master tattooist, body-art professionals possess experience in an array of styles, such as East Coast, West Coast, portraits, and illustrations. They also apply their experience in custom designs, helping guests develop original images or dynamic renderings of their social security number. Beside the tattoo team, piercers work under the direction of several master practitioners who studied with renowned body-modification artists such as Fakir Musafar and Steve Haworth. Each member of Old School Electric Tattoos' staff complies with certified sterilization standards and biohazard practices.
Allowing for occasional naps in a plush theater armchair or across a leather bowling lounge, it's conceivable that you could stay within Latitude 30's 50,000-square-foot entertainment emporium for days without falling victim to boredom. The roar of the crowd fills a 100-seat sports theater as fans track the main event on the 12.5-foot jumbotron, taking advantage of commercial breaks to eye the 13 surrounding HD screens and keep up with the scores of important football games and spelling bees. At CineGrille, another vast HD screen plays current adventure flicks and romantic comedies as guests enjoy legroom fit for a very tall king. Meanwhile, waitstaff quietly delivers an extensive menu of prime rib kebab, pizza, and gourmet burgers.
For more active entertainment, pins thunder in the 20-lane bowling alley, and at the arcade, players compete on big-screen video games or work redemption games to win prizes ranging from Legos to PlayStations. Colored lights spill across comedians, musical acts, and DJs at the Vegas–inspired Latitude Live before the Axis Bar keeps the party going with drinks and dancing.
Originally built in 1927, 5 Points Theatre has undergone a transformation throughout the years from "talkie" palace to neo-modern nightclub to contemporary art-house cinema, earning accolades from the Florida Times-Union for its eclectic and offbeat lineup of films. The upcoming calendar hosts a variety of exclusives and special showings in addition to popcorn-popping Hollywood releases. Stop in for cult-classic midnight screenings, during which the theater transforms into a pumpkin carriage piloted by the delicate dreams of cinematic fans. The eclectic mix of motion pics ensures you'll still be able to catch Blue Valentine between viewings of foreign flicks, such as the Best Picture–nominated British historical drama The King's Speech.
A pair of sports fans opened Taps Bar & Grill in the hopes of harboring fellow fanatics seeking cold brews, fresh-from-the-grill pub fare, and good company while watching games. Even though it was only opened in 2008, the restaurant’s success quickly led to the opening of a second location, and today the Jacksonville and Fleming Island haunts lure in diners and mothmen with the glow of ample TV screens. Barkeeps draw brews from 54 taps, which rotate to pour seasonal and eclectic microbrews and ales. In the kitchen, chefs grill hand-patted half-pound burgers served with hand-cut fries or beer-battered onion rings. Some evenings, musicians thump drums and wring melodies out of guitar necks during live performances.