Ingredient craftsmen at The Dog House forge a menu of hearty pub favorites to fuel local revelers as they bust moves to live music. The chicken-bacon wrap ($7.45) coddles poultry-loving palates, and the Fire Hydrant burger ($8.95) combines buffalo sauce, jalapeños, and pepper jack cheese to revive tongues that suffered through trendy crushed-ice diets. Sausage savants can top Nathan’s world-famous hot dogs ($3.95–$6.45) with cheese or chili to re-create bun-hugged Americana. Bottles of Sam Adams ($4.75) compete for prime, teeth-fenced real estate with draft brews such as Fat Tire ($4) and drink specials including $4 Crown Royal on Fridays after 10 p.m.
At Dive Bar & Grill, the rules are simple: the party goes late, flip-flops are permissible, and cowboy hats are always welcome. The sports bar and dance club fires up a group party each night with thumping DJ sets, group events, and VIP bottle service. Take a break from the action to scarf down sizzling bar treats from the kitchen, including tater-tot nachos, crinkle-cut fries, and burgers stuffed with fillings from mushroom and swiss to jalapeño bacon. The kitchen also serves breakfast dishes all day, and tosses wings in a choice of eight sauces, one for each nostril on Mount Rushmore.
Riley's Pub & Grill is known for its barbecue ribs, which the chefs cook slowly until the meat falls off the bone alongside piles of cole slaw and seasoned potato wedges. They also pile burgers and pizzas with unusual toppings, such as pulled pork and pickles. The relaxed bar amps up during special events, including live music performances and bingo nights.
SOS Coffee Bar and Dance Club inspires toe tapping with weekly dance lessons and parties in a positive environment free from the influence of alcohol or other substances. Taught by Robyn Mills, one-hour beginners' line-dancing classes introduce basic steps and coordination, progressing to more challenging routines that incorporate intricate choreographies, fancier footwork, and transcribing Victorian literature via toes. After mastering timid toes over a series of lessons, solo dancers can flaunt their legs and lyric-powered compasses to the public at Friday-night parties, featuring a soundtrack from a live DJ. Students can shuffle and slide the night away, demonstrating their newly acquired moves for randomly matched partners or impressing blind dates with complicated steps that cut through rugs and the metaphysical walls that separate dimensions.
In 1962, Lawrence William Yanz opened Hastings Bierstube, where he dished out German delicacies such as bratwursts, Reubens, and 6-ounce sirloin steaks. After his passing in 1983, his sons, Jim and Mike, started two new locations before forming a fourth with a family friend. The sons expanded Hastings Bierstube’s already extensive menu, introducing the Taste of Deutschland sampler platter, which features a selection of wienerschnitzel, sauerbraten, and house-made spaetzle.
Along with slinging authentic cuisine, the owners send lucky diners on vacations to Germany during giveaways, which fall on special occasions such as Oktoberfest and David Hasslehoff’s half birthday. For visitors remaining on American shores, the restaurants host weekly events, including bingo, open mics, karaoke, and live music.
At Macaluso’s Roadhouse, chefs hand-toss dough and simmer house-made tomato sauce before decorating pies with a variety of 16 toppings. Slices piled high with pepperoni, sausage, and bacon bits exercise, and a disk covered with mushrooms and green peppers offers a delicious visual device to teach younger siblings about fractions. A punch card for a fleet of 10 14-inch pizzas lets patrons savor cheesy bites in multiple visits with different groups of friends and family. Mouths munch as hands line up chips on Bar Bingo Tuesdays and shuffle cards on texas hold’em Sundays, and the live musical stylings of Tim Sigler drowns out the sound of chewing in ears on Thursdays.