A lengthy lineup of traditional game-day fare and a sports atmosphere captivate fans at Fox and Hound - Bailey's, where the kitchen remains open as late as its neighboring fully stocked bar. Chefs cook until the wee hours of the morning and always until the bar closes, baking Bavarian pretzel starters, crafting towers of onion rings, and preparing hand-battered chicken tenders that are cooked until they are golden brown. They blend their own seasonings to sprinkle over grilled-to-order burgers, and draw from a diverse roster of cheeses and toppings to crown their wood-oven-inspired flatbreads.
While manning the bars, bartenders tap into a stash of libations, such as UV Whipped vodka and Patron Silver tequila, to mix their specialty cocktails. To further foster a sporting ambiance, high-definition TVs glow with sports games and custom music-video playlists, and guests partake in pastimes of ump bashing, billiards, or competitive people watching.
At first glance, Angry Ale’s Neighborhood Bar and Grill looks like a regular sports hangout with its walls lined with dartboards and flat-screen TVs. But the eatery takes a creative angle with its menu of burgers, wings, wraps, and other pub food. From the redneck fondue—a heaping bowl of homemade queso dip—to tot-chos–tater tots smothered in jalapeños, cheese, salsa, sour cream, and a choice of meat–appetizers kick off meals with delicious unconventionality. This culinary aesthetic carries over to entrees and favorites such as the bacon fatty melt, a bacon cheeseburger with 1000 island dressing, whisked to tables by the ghost of Alexandre Dumas. Diners can also put their appetites to the test by participating in the Button Popper, a speed-eating cheeseburger challenge that asks the age-old question, “Are you built for speed or comfort?”
Shecky's Girls Night Out makes planning a social outing between friends easy with its dozens of fashion, jewelry, and beauty product displays and samples to peruse. Having started as a published guide to New York City nightlife, Shecky's now stages stylish shindigs across the country and has garnered nationwide notice from media outlets—including Bloomberg News —for its ladies-only soirees. Drawing on its roots as a party-planning brain trust, Shecky’s relies on a talented staff to augment vendor wares with complimentary snacks and cocktails, goody bags, and makeovers. Take a peek at one of Shecky’s past events, where, like the locker room at a WNBA game, men are conspicuously absent.
Hard plastic chairs scattered around a table. Hot dogs rolling slowly on a warming belt. Charred ashtrays sitting forlornly on Formica counters. All are common sights at a lot of bowling alleys.
But not at StrikeCity, a spot billed as "a 21st century multimedia, bowling, dining, and private-event facility." And there is, in fact, plenty to do here besides bowl. There are 75 HD video screens installed throughout three bars, each loaded with countless sports subscriptions?and any game you can't watch can still be followed on the massive ticker running near the ceiling. Some of those TVs also perch above the row of 18 lanes outfitted with digital scoring systems and colorful lighting. Pops of color appear elsewhere, thanks to the Andy Warhol-style prints of Marilyn Monroe and the bright red necklaces every bowling pin wears for good luck.
Lebowski's Neighborhood Grill is a family-run operation. Founders Kirk Weaver and his daughters, Jessica and Amelia, opened it in early 2009. As natives of Buffalo, New York, they import hometown mainstays such as wings, haddock, and beef on 'weck—a roast-beef sandwich served on a Kaiser-like roll with kosher salt and caraway. They feature eight beers on tap and supplement this collection with more than 70 craft and imported brews. Open daily from 11 a.m. to 2 a.m., they hold two happy hours Monday–Friday, once in the early evening, and again between 10 p.m. and midnight.
To complement all 50 draft beers at Dillinger's Taproom, cooks rose to the epic challenge of designing 50 sandwiches. The results range from The Predator’s meaty medley of pulled pork, hamburger, and bacon to the Roger Rabbit wrap's herbivore-friendly mix of grilled carrots, cucumber, and balsamic vinaigrette. All 50 can even be overstuffed, which is Dillinger’s shorthand for adding fries and slaw onto the sandwich itself. Burgers, flatbreads, and wings round out a menu of bar food classics, which patrons can savor on the patio or amongst the taproom’s 30-plus TVs.