The wine wizards at A World of Wine transport sophisticated sippers to distant ambrosial lands with libations from around the globe. Groups of grape aficionados can gather for a private tasting to sample six different wines, ripened to perfection and aged for the amount of time it takes the bottle to cross the ocean in a paddleboat. During the one-hour session, a vino connoisseur discusses each sample and offers as much tasting tutelage as desired by each group of drinkers. Duos, quartets, and octets can engage their taste buds with three red and three white wines in the comfortable confines of the wine shop's tasting area that allows for an intimate event in which to share opinions, observations, and embarrassing grape-stomping photos.
In 2008, the bartenders at Vegalou Ultra Bar proved their drink-making prowess by successfully setting off a domino chain that consisted of 672 Jägermeister shots falling into cups of Red Bull—a feat that earned them the world record that year. Today, they fill cocktail shakers with mango pomegranatinis and moscow mules and glasses with 25-ounce domestic draft and imported beers. Near the bar, there’s a permanently installed water screen—a waterfall that has videos projected directly onto its surface.
The chefs at Silk Road Chinese Restaurant plate sizzling and simmered MSG-free dishes spiked with the fresh Asian flavors of garlic, green onion, and ginger. Guests can dunk crab rangoon, egg rolls, and tongues into pools of sweet and sour sauce or split the six different starter pairs on the combination platter, including shrimp puffs and chicken wings. Lightly breaded pieces of chicken salute a legion of broccoli, celery, and red chili pepper in the General’s chicken dinner, and shrimp, scallops, mock crabmeat, and veggies enjoy an aerial view from the Seafood Delight in Bird's Nest dish. Vegetarian's Paradise unites components of three popular meatless entrees, and the Hong Kong steak piles a protein-packed hibachi rib eye onto a bed of mixed greens.
When the Bluejays take the court, you can expect to see a sea of bright blue shirts at the Sam & Louie's at the corner of 24th and Cuming in Omaha. The location has been one of Creighton University's homes away from home since it opened in 1994, but its welcoming atmosphere is found at each of the eatery's 24 locations. There, friends and families bond over great conversation and an eclectic mix of casual cuisine from a menu inspired by traditional New York–style pizzerias. Eighteen specialty pizzas are hand tossed into thin-crust pies before being decorated with more than 35 toppings such as creamy alfredo sauce, sliced Italian meatballs, and canadian bacon. In deference to those with special dietary needs, almost all of these specialty pizzas are available in gluten-free pizzas.
In addition to pizzas, cooks also craft their daily-made dough into calzones and strombolis, which ooze with mozzarella cheese and marinara sauce. The menu culminates in five third-pound Black Angus burgers, Italian hoagies, and eight types of pastas. In addition to hosting guests inside their welcoming pizzerias for both lunch and dinner, the cooks at Sam and Louie's also take their food on the road, offering catering services for events both large and not-so-large.
The extensive menu at Clancy’s offers filling pub fare for lunch and dinner. Start with an order of chicken wings ($7.99 for 10), available in five levels of spiciness, or opt for a basket of breaded cauliflower ($5.99) and dunk the crispy-fried treat into a creamy cheese sauce. Entrees at the eatery include a bountiful selection of hearty hand-held burgers ($7.49 and up), pizzas (starting at $4.50 for a six-inch individual pizza), and specialty sandwiches. Try the jumbo tenderloin sandwich ($7.99), with a deep-fried pork loin slumbering in a bun bed, or Clancy’s classic corned-beef sandwich ($6.99), sure to evoke memories of long days in the kiting fields of Kilkenny. Plated portions of the beer-battered fish and chips ($9.49) or the classic chicken-fried steak ($7.99) promise to please even the most discerning diner, while a meal-concluding slice of Clancy’s Bailey’s Irish Cream cheesecake ($4.99) offers a stomach-warming conclusion to the meal.
Inside The Den, two activities rule: savoring cold beer and playing fun games. Until 2 a.m. every night, bartenders pour nine beers on tap, ranging from familiar standards such as Guinness to The Den's house beer, Grizzly Honey Brown. A tenth tap supplies Giggling Grizzly Punch, a mixture of lemonade and four Pinnacle Vodka flavors garnished with gummy bears.
Drinks in hand, patrons can pose for pictures or select tunes on the Virtuo jukebox, which comes installed with its own built-in camera. Elsewhere, darts zip toward bull's eyes, life-sized Jenga pieces tower and totter, and Pac-Man races around eating fruit. Now connected to Room 13 Pool & Game Room, The Den's gaming inventory extends to several billiards tables, virtual shuffleboard, and classic shoot-em-ups like Time Crisis 3.