Ellen's Bar & Grill has all the makings of a classic sports bar. Sporting events flash on the big, flat-screen TVs, and servers sling frothy pints of beer across a sleek, wood-finished bar. But it's easy to see personal touches that set the restaurant apart. To be sure, the menu serves up the traditional pub fare you'd expect, from jumbo hot wings to burgers so big they're billed as "two-hand burgers" and were once sold by Napoleon to the United States. Many of the salad dressings and sauces are even made in-house. Diners can also nosh on a shareable plate of nachos or coconut shrimp, savor a spinach-stuffed ravioli, or dig into poutine piled high with caramelized onions, steak, blue cheese, and gravy.
Before the notion of upscale pub fare existed in Sudbury, Ontario, Casey's restaurant was busy inventing it. Since firing up its first kitchen in 1980, Casey's has grown to include more than 160 restaurants that operate under five brand names, including as Casey's Grill Bar. Inside its welcoming walls, culinary craftspeople put an upscale twist on traditional pub dishes from burgers to sirloin steaks. They crown their fresh half-pound ground beef burgers with sautéed mushrooms, Alexis de Portneuf brie cheese, and arugula before tucking them into an Ace Bakery bun. In addition to their poutine with Quebec cheese curds and gravy, the chefs also toss heart healthy salads and pan sear mahi mahi accented with sweet hints of mango salsa.
Shoeless Joe’s beckons to passersby with aromas of tasty grill fare—roasted chicken, ribs, and burgers. Named for White Sox outfielder Joe Jackson, who famously made a home-run catch with a bare left foot, Shoeless Joe’s pays tribute to the world of sport, supplementing AAA sirloin steaks, thin-crust pizzas, and pasta dishes with regular broadcasts of baseball, hockey, football, and UFC fights. Guests can wash down their dinners with drafts or cocktails from the drink menu, which boasts classic concoctions as well as inventive creations tinged with ingredients such as maple syrup, blueberry puree, or bacon.
With the glow of neon, the sound of dance beats, and the scent of buttery pierogies, Extaz Lounge fuses the glamour of a nightclub with the rustic refinement of an Eastern European eatery. Beaded chandeliers cast a magenta and azure glow across the lounge's interior, where images of scantily clad models surround diners savoring plates of pan-fried chicken, salted herring, and savory puff pastries. At night, live DJ's urge bodies and sound-activated robots onto the dance floor, while karaoke on Wednesday and Sunday evenings grants guests their 15 minutes of fame.
Naughty Nadz Bar & Restaurant fuels late-night festivities with a menu of eclectically inspired pub cuisine. Besides familiar staples—including fish 'n' chips and gravy-smothered poutine—cooks serve up a selection of Mexican- and Mediterranean-influenced dishes. Housemade guacamole and salsa accompany the jalapeno-laden nachos, and hummus lines flour tortillas alongside refreshing cucumbers, baby spinach, and feta cheese.
Flat-screen televisions, foosball, and a pool table help keep visitors occupied while they enjoy their meal or their drink. The pub hosts open-mic nights twice a month as well as karaoke every Sunday, encouraging guests to croon their favorite song or the most musical passages of their television's instruction manual.