The neon glow of televisions and beer signs makes up most of the light inside Hoopsters Sports Bar & Grill. The space has sheltered diners from the light of day since 1994, keeping the bar dimmed to movie-theater levels to help diners enjoy the technicolor action of their favorite sports teams. When televised competition fails to entertain, the staff instead augments their selection of burgers and sandwiches with Tuesday-night trivia contests, Friday-night karaoke, and Saturday-night DJ-driven dance parties. Sunday even has a special designation as the staff flips over all channels to view NASCAR contests and speaks only in motor sounds.
Black and red patio umbrellas flutter in the wind in Down River Bar & Grill’s enclosed beer garden as staffers ferry foam-topped brews, burgers, pizzas, and other classic American pub fare to each table. Inside, bartenders shake cocktails and pour brews behind the mirror-paneled bar, which reflects patrons as they dance, toast, and practice épée with cocktail swords beneath strings of twinkling lights every day of the week. Live music performances, occasionally with accompanying light shows, join pool tournaments, Wednesday-night karaoke, and special events such as the Down River Bar & Grill Idol singing competition on the eatery’s entertainment roster. The grill also hosts benefits for veterans’ groups, relief funds, and other local causes.
Set to the warm, soaring treble of carefully selected ballroom music, Ballroom East’s certified instructors, Linda Jackson and Charles Jones, glide across straw-hued expanses of hardwood before the towering mirrors in their studio. The maestros, who have studied in the United States and Europe for more than 20 years, introduce duos to rug-cutting fundamentals in lessons that last between 45–60 minutes on Wednesday or Friday night. Pupils mingle with up to 55 fellow dancers or recruit potential stars for their bubble-wrap-stomping team. After instructors guide male and female students through respective steps, they pair them up to practice. Students can twirl closely with their accompanying partner or chatter with new friends as they switch throughout the class. Each month, curriculums explore a new dance, supplying students with plenty of new moves to whip out during weddings or after procuring a coveted parking spot.
The Vernon Club, nestled in a historic building dating back to 1886, rolls out eight gleaming lanes with automatic scoring, a new Internet jukebox, and tasty comestibles for fueling competitive appetites. Players don borrowed footwear and the letterman jackets of league-player ghosts before hurling three-holed spheres toward pins poising themselves for the welcomed whack of a spare or strike. Bowlers can rest their pin-striking biceps of fury with a gooey 12-inch pizza or maintain concentration while grasping a bratwurst in non-bowling hands. On select nights, rock bands set up shop beside the lanes and churn out foot-tapping ditties until 1 a.m. or 2 a.m.
All About Kids inspires self-confidence in children through a varied curriculum of sports programs at its sprawling 47,000-square-foot Louisville flagship and equally impressive Oldham County location. Kids can undertake classes in dance, gymnastics, swimming, basketball, and soccer. Aside from organized sports, both locations feature play areas loaded with ball pits, inflatable mazes, and tunnels.