On Sunday at Cannon's Blackthorn, a fluid collective of flutists, drummers, and fiddlers gather around brick fireplaces and play traditional Irish music through the afternoon. They welcome all musicians into their circle, as well as the occasional Irish dancers, whose footfalls reverberate off the dining room's stone floors and wood walls. Though Sundays provide the liveliest display of Irish pride at Cannon's Blackthorn, the eatery celebrates Irish culture in more subtle ways throughout the week. Dining companions can settle into private enclaves to share a romantic dinner and whisper sweet nutritional facts into one another's ears before noshing on hearty meat stews and pot pies. Additionally, bartenders pour brews until 4 a.m. seven nights a week.
Opened in 1939 by entertainer and vaudevillian Al B. White, Retro Lounge & Grill now forges fusion cuisine with an internationally inspired menu. Meld genres with appetizers such as vegetable tempura ($8) and piñata-friendly baby lamb lollipops ($9). The shrimp yuccanut entree ($15) swims in a coconut-cream sauce before pairing up with a side of mashed yucca. Retro Specialty chicken wings ($6–$20) strut with an array of seasonings, including jerk, oriental, and traditional buffalo. Diners can satiate sweet teeth on a slice of bread pudding drizzled in maple syrup and served with vanilla-bean ice cream ($7).
Clattering pins don't just echo across the half-century-old lanes of Woodmere Lanes during traditional open-bowl hours, but also during unique late-night events on weekend evenings. On Fridays, infectious tunes pulse from speakers to underscore X-Treme Bowling events that don't just tolerate post-strike break dances, they encourage them. Midnight Marathons on Saturday nights, otherwise, pit players against each other in a pin-crushing race for cash prizes. Tasty snacks and frothy suds from the concession stand are available all week, when players can cheer on their favorite adult or junior league.
Bahia Social Club's chefs craft Brazilian small plates ornamented with skirt steak, toasted tomato, and selections from a varied menu. Introduce a friend, date, or long-lost yearbook advisor to portuguese mussels in saffron broth (a $14 value) as you pour from a pitcher of red or white sangria. Churrasco skirt steak (a $14 value) mingles on the grill with sociable tostones and sweet plantains, as nearby patatas bravas's snappy potatoes drip with condescension and spicy aioli (a $5 value). Toothpicks cross with a rain of sparks as diners duel for bites of the pulled-pork arepa (a $12 value), which is slow-cooked over 18 hours, much like plastic army men that fall into the hands of enemy children.
Liquid Bar & Lounge’s menu of small plates puts a tropical twist on classic pub fare. Duos or quartets can sip on a revolving daily soup, such as pumpkin (Tuesdays) or pepperpot (Mondays), or weigh down flighty tummies with wings slathered in buffalo, barbecue, garlic-parmesan, jerk, spicy, or chipotle sauce. A cadre of island-influenced fare includes conch fritters, fried calamari with cherry jalapeño, and shrimp riding a wave of guacamole on a corn-chip surfboard. Once small plates have sated their stomachs’ appetite for savories, diners can break promises to the tooth fairy with desserts such as bread pudding drenched in rum sauce, sweet spanish fritters, or slabs of red-velvet cake.