Upon wandering into Spints Alehouse and seeing the plates of schnitzel and Bavarian-style pretzels, visitors might assume they’ve been magically transported to a German pub. But after scrambling to produce their passports, they realize that a slice of Germany has come to them, not the other way around. In true European tradition, diners feast on selections from a seasonal menu chock-full of spaetzle, a german pasta, and pork schnitzel before washing them down with carefully crafted mead cocktails that attracted the attention of the New York Times. As in kitchens across the Rhineland, desserts revolve around rich flavors such as those found in the likes of chocolate-almond layer cake and butterscotch pudding, and just like in the Rhineland, they must be eaten from a knight’s helmet.
At street level, Diablo’s Downtown Lounge hides behind the guise of a traditional bar. There, hearty burgers and beers culled from 10 tap lines arrive at tables surrounded by subtle red upholstery and a gallery’s worth of local artwork. But tucked away on the pub’s subterranean level is a shadowy nightclub where painted flames race up the walls and repeatedly disappoint revelers trying to light their cigarettes. Formerly Perry’s Nightclub, the downstairs haunt still invites dancing on a large floor infused with ‘80s, hip-hop, or contemporary house music handpicked by DJs and special guests. Each level hosts its own events throughout the week, including karaoke and bingo upstairs and Goth-themed dance nights downstairs.
The welcoming staff of Rack N Cue sate patrons with savory appetizers, cocktails, and beer served beneath several TV screens or beside one of the bar's many full-size pool tables. Egg rolls perform culinary somersaults over tickled taste buds, and a spicy jolt tumbles forth from the bar's hot wings. Mini tacos stand ready to curb snack cravings or fill the stomachs of Lilliputians. A crunchy coating ensconces the chicken wings, onion rings, and deep-fried pool cues. Friendly bartenders deftly mix cocktails or pour libations over ice, whetting whistles weary from describing how electricity works. The glow of several large television screens mingles with the soft overhead lighting of the bar's numerous pool tables, where tabletop-sports rivalries form.
Shonna’s menu of hearty pub grub and potable potions pairs perfectly with the lively environment, which include pool tables, Thursday karaoke, and high-definition televisions. Make stomachs soar with a dozen chicken wings ($8.95) before satisfying carnivorous cravings with a classic cheeseburger served with fries ($7.95). Mouths in the mood for triangular shaped cuisine can snack on Shonna’s homespun pizza, available by the slice or pie (starting at $9.95), or test the hyperbolic heroism of super nachos ($8.95). Complement nighttime noshing with a sample from Shonna’s lengthy list of libations, ideal for providing patrons with beverage-inspired boldness needed to take the karaoke stage on Thursdays' Ladies' Nights for heart-warming ventriloquist renditions of “Danny Boy.”
Sports stream from a fleet of televisions that line almost every wall inside The Spot Sports Bar & Grill. As diners root on their favorite teams and shoot pool, the wait staff hustles between high-top tables and stools with pulled-pork sandwiches, enchiladas, wings, and calamari. The eclectic menu also includes deep-fried peanut-butter-and-jelly sandwiches and super nachos that pack a hearty mix of cheese, beans, vegetables, and choice of meat. A DJ busts out the latest tunes on Friday and Saturday nights, and families gather around the giant projector screen for Thursday karaoke, singing favorite hits or reciting the Latin phrase woven into their family crest.
With its crowd-pleasing menu of pub grub, endless list of brews, and friendly, casual atmosphere, The Pour House Tavern makes it easy for guests to plan a casual night out. The bar and restaurant resembles a lodge?with wood beams ceilings, brick walls, and warm lighting?offering a cozy environment for chowing down on chicken-fried steak and burgers. As for entertainment, four pool tables and pub games ignite friendly competition, and flatscreen TVs keep fans abreast of the big game. And outside, a heated patio provides a breath of fresh air and a chance to get to know area squirrels.