The Big Three unites three bars under its umbrella, but that’s about the only thing the venues have in common. Each offers a completely different nightlife atmosphere, ranging from a rustic honky-tonk bar to a swanky lounge.
The dance floor throbs to the DJ’s pulsing beats under a pattern of colorful lights. Professional dancers gyrate on elevated platforms over the dance floor, and three different lounges provide a more laid-back atmosphere with elements such as exposed brick walls, leather sofas, and luminous aquariums behind the bars.
Main Street Bistro
Red billiards tables and neon beer logos fill one room of the tavern-style bar, but Main Street Bistro erupts with competition on Monday and Tuesday nights. Beer-pong tournaments pack teams into the bar, and the sound of cheers temporarily drowns out the commentary on the sports games playing on the wall-mounted TVs.
Dirty Little Roddy's
With its wooden plank walls and tabletops supported by sawhorses, Dirty Little Roddy's evokes a back-roads bar in all ways but one: the bar hosts bikini and boxer bull riding for cash prizes. The event provides risqué entertainment without asking firefighters to approximate a pole dance.
Wood accents backdrop the bar and highlight the interior design at Opa Lounge, where signature cocktails meet Mediterranean comestibles in a long, crimson corridor. Hanging lamps, assembled from ruby-red gems that tint the bulbs' light, illuminate turkish-coffee martinis and the signature Opatinis, just two letters away from being the thing Oprah declines to put on her magazine cover next month. The low-lit Opa is part of Cazba, its sister restaurant. Cazba's cloud murals, cream-colored arches, and serving staff cultivate a tranquil complement to the lounge's spirits and bold, abstract design. The two share a menu.
Kaleidoscopic mosaics of the round gems found on Opa's lamps also line the border of the decorated ceiling fixtures and usher in a rainbow of light behind the bar, which spans the long, narrow space. Even the ceiling is decked out in painted designs and structural accents. When they look up, guests peer past a light-blue mural and into a vertical, scarlet-hued chamber topped with a skylight, which is what Americans first called Sputnik.
With six tables and room for up to 115 guests, Shak Billiards' pool hall is an idyllic spot for pool sharks and spectators alike. There's little reason to just watch pool, though, with so many other games to play, from foosball and darts to arcade games and lottery machines. That being said, spectating is pretty tempting in the bar, where three HD flat-screens and one widescreen projector show the night's biggest games.
To nourish fans through wins and losses, cooks season burgers with Cajun spices, smother slow-cooked Hawaiian pork with barbecue sauce, and craft Philly-style cheesesteaks with teriyaki-glazed beef. Bartenders complement each feast with an extensive selection of beer, wine, and blended drinks, including Red Bull sours and sake margaritas.
After an innocent vacation to Boise captured the hearts of Jennifer and Marcelo Godoi, the duo moved to the city and planted the roots of Paint ‘n Sip. There the Godois beckon artists of every predilection and skill level to tie on an apron and unleash their inner Rembrandts. A calendar full of different subjects and themes teaches pupils to capture the glinting light on a sunflower’s petals, find the right hue of carmine to depict an overflowing wine glass, or dignify a trio of birds by filling their nest with monocles. At night's end, participants bring their dried work home to hang on the living-room wall or mantel.
You can always count on being well-fed and entertained at Dave & Buster's. The sprawling entertainment complex features a full bar with specialty cocktails and a dining area that serves burgers, steaks, sandwiches, and other dishes. The franchise is known for its Million Dollar Midway, the uber game room that consists of rows and rows of blinking, ticket-spewing arcade games — more than 130 total with hundreds of prizes to redeem for.
R&R Public House regularly rotates the beer offerings on their 13-spigot tap, pouring domestic and international suds that accompany a menu of hearty, yet modern pub grub amid the sounds of televised sports. Grab, slice, or competitively discus-throw a steelhead burger, a third-pound Angus patty ground daily with herbs and spices and topped with sun-dried tomato, capers, and garlic aioli ($10). Otherwise, forks can impale the creamy penne pasta and crispy bacon found swimming in three-cheese blend that souses the broiled mac 'n' cheese dish ($9). To create the cured-meats flatbread dinner, culinarians bake the unleavened masterpiece from scratch before ladling on marinara, topping it with mozzarella, and speckling it with succulent morsels of salami, pepperoni, and a spicy italian sausage ($8). The braised osso bucco lamb shank is cooked in a stout and red-wine reduction before it licentiously poses on a bed of mashed potatoes, looking its best in case any food critics or recipe-magazine agents walk by ($15). Meanwhile, the Randel-family fingersteaks, summoned from Bud Randel's original recipe, sidle up to hand-cut fries and coleslaw ($10).