Black Bear Saloon may have all the wood paneling of a Wild West watering hole, but it boasts many modern amenities, including 33 plasma televisions that deliver sports from around the globe thanks to a DirecTV sports package. Cooks keep stomachs fueled for the action with a selection of wraps, sandwiches, and Angus-beef burgers.
After a game has aired, the staff dims the lights and cranks up the volume on the bar’s speaker system and turns the stage over to a live DJ every Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. On Saturday, before the rise of the moon transforms the mild-mannered dining room into a dance floor, the saloon hosts the kid-friendly Cub Club. The club’s staffers lead tykes in crafts, games, and Wii activities, which gives parents time to grab a relaxed afternoon meal or nap on the cool floor behind the bar.
Behind a fittingly old-school facade, The Old Mill's interior echoes the classic look of a saloon?except with better food and way more choices than any cowboy likely had. Take, for instance, their enormous selection of meats straight from the smoker, including a 12-hour, slow-cooked pulled-pork platter and a half-chicken basted in a zesty bourbon-barbecue sauce. They don't skimp on seafood either, serving thick blackened tuna steaks and broiled Atlantic cod with shrimp scampi.
In warmer months, a breezy patio welcomes diners to sit outside while having a half-pound hand-formed burger and a cold one. But feasts are equally enjoyable indoors, surrounded by darts, live music, and no chance of seeing the terrifying moon man.
Brennan's Tap Room satiates hunger with a selection of classic American dishes, such as burgers, roast beef, and boston fish sandwiches. Hearty entrees include a sliced flat-iron steak topped with crispy tobacco onions, jumbo shrimp scampi in garlic sauce, and baby back ribs coated in a honey-barbecue glaze. A state-of-the-art sound system and 18 high-definition televisions broadcast sports games as fans cheer over a glass of one of 16 beers on tap. Regulars can return for happy-hour deals, including $0.50 wings and $1 off drinks, or bring a friend for police, firefighters, and EMS discounts on Tuesdays and live music on select weekends. During the summer, Brennan's Tap Room also runs a seafood festival, pairing its brews with fresh fish and oysters.
With a space designed for casual mingling alongside a menu more suited for expensive cutlery, Tinto Tapas Bar chef and owner Carlos Hernandez has created an eatery that is both upscale and unrefined. Guests lounge at tables amid vibrant hues of red and yellow as servers ferry out small, shareable plates of mushroom risotto with truffle oil and manchego, piquillo peppers stuffed with duck confit, and boneless Black Angus short ribs in a beer and rioja-wine reduction. Private parties mingle and celebrate in private rooms capable of accommodating up to 150 guests, and regular special events highlight rich Spanish wines, savory paella, and other authentic flavors.
Wide, high-arched windows usher sunlight into a dining room anchored by brick columns and a brick fireplace. Behind the dark wood bar, bottles and taps spill craft beers whose names bedeck a chalkboard menu. Under a constellation of speakers suspended from the ceiling, diners chow down on slices of gourmet pizza. John Dough's signature is the fresh clam pizza, a white pie decorated with littleneck clams that the chef shucks to order after fishing them from olive oil seas. Classic margherita, chicken pesto, and sausage and hot oil pizzas also sail out of the restaurant's oven, while custom pies show off a customer's choice of toppings.
Drinks slide over bars illuminated by fiber optics while dance music thrums throughout Episode Lounge and Event Space's two levels. On the bottom floor, the lighting changes depending on the amount of dancing or lightsaber battles there are. On the top floor, artsy multimedia pieces played over plasma screens hypnotize onlookers and seem to move to the beats of the soundtrack supplied by the house DJs. To keep the party going, dedicated waitresses cater to the VIPs at each of the 15 tables available for reservation, keeping glasses topped off with premium vodkas, rums, and gins.