Total Sports packs 50,000 square feet of recreational playtime space with offerings of bowling, softball, racquetball, and the directionally defying action of wallyball. Wallyball closely resembles its cousin volleyball, but games are conducted within the confines of a racquetball court, and as the portmanteau implies, the ball may be played off of walls or slow-moving team mascots. Six courts accommodate eight–ten players participating in fast-paced barrier bombardment. After an hour of sweating and burning calories, wallyballers can make it up by hiking to the upstairs grill and sports bar for pizza, beer, and billiards. Friday and Saturday nights feature DJ-hosted dancing, and those who forgot to pack their dancing shoes next to their sports drink and the mouth guard they're cursed to always carry may enjoy the simple pleasure of viewing sports on multiple big screens.
At Your Mothers, feel-good pub fare keeps bellies balanced as patrons slurp down selections from a wide range of beer and spirits that lurk behind a bright wooden bar. While keeping an eye on the sports game, comrades cluster around baskets of twice-fried buffalo wings, licking one of 17 sauces—including six barbecue sauces and five fiery hot sauces—off their own fingers and friends’ faces. In addition to chicken sandwiches and burgers topped with bacon or olives and feta, the kitchen turns out grilled slabs of ribs tossed in house barbecue sauce. Thick pizzas, made with small-batch doughs and topped with family-recipe sauce, include a roasted-garlic-and-portobello variety and a caribbean chicken pizza, lightly garnished with jerk seasoning after being reeled in from Jamaican waters.
Madison's Pub owners envisioned a pub that had it all under one roof. So when they discovered a 100-year-old, three-story brick building nestled in downtown Mount Clemens, it seemed like the obvious choice to fulfill their dreams. Just beyond glass garage doors, they set up a large hardwood floor with enough room for their patrons to dance or herd elephants, and they peppered the bar with over a dozen high-definition plasma TVs and an eight-foot big-screen TV with surround sound for sports fans to follow the Tigers and Redwings. Owners also set up a smaller bar at the front of the building to give guests a quieter place to chat. As everyone's bound to work up a hunger from all the activity, the pub's chefs devised a menu of hearty burgers and sandwiches, as well as specialties such as mac ‘n’ cheese and beer-battered fish ‘n’ chips.
At Piper’s Alley, a diverse menu brims with comfort food made from scratch daily to complement nearly 40 beers from Michigan breweries and from around the globe. Appetizers such as pan-seared saganaki, made from either greek kasseri cheese ($7.49) or spicy pepper jack ($6.49), kick off meals as sports events kick off on the bar’s 50-inch high-definition TVs. Lounging amid wood-paneled walls and salivating plants, patrons slice into 18-ounce rib eye steaks ($19.99) or fajitas made with marinated chicken and bell peppers ($10.99). The Alley burger ($8.99) emerges from the kitchen to the sound of heraldic trumpets, its half-pound patty slathered with marinara and guacamole under parapets of cheese and applewood-smoked bacon.
A hearty appetite is encouraged at Clancy’s Irish Pub, where a champion burger challenge bates mouths to down a 5-pound behemoth burger and a full pound of fries in less than 45 minutes. Only three customers have ever succeeded, and their pictures reside on Clancy’s wall of fame as a testament to their steely reserve and superhuman jaw strength. In addition to holding photos of these championship mugs, Clancy’s butter-hued walls come stippled with golden brown, as if prophesying the deep-fried goodliness of the menu’s jalapeño poppers and cheesy mozzarella sticks. Amid the glow of neon beer signs and flat-screen TVs, tables load up with pints from the bar’s selection of more than 50 brews, as well as pub classics such as fish and chips, shepherd's pie, and the cheese-and- bacon-slathered chicken Dubliner. After two-handing a signature Jack Daniels chicken sandwich, guests can partake of weekly events such as beer-pong competitions, trivia, and DJ dance nights.