In the main room of Surf City Billiards & Cafe, sun pours through skylights in the 22-foot vaulted ceilings, illuminated 15 Brunswick Gold Crown tables covered in pro-standard Simonis cloth. Darts and a shuffleboard table provide additional opportunities for competition, whereas eight big-screen TVs let fans cheer for their favorite commercials between interruptions by men throwing balls. The hall's full bar keeps spirits high with local wine and beer, and a bustling kitchen turns out gourmet takes on traditional bar food. Applewood-smoked bacon gives third-pound Angus-beef patties a porcine kick, and the Surf City dog adorns a quarter-pound 100% beef frank with zesty chipotle mayo.
The billiards hall was named one of the Top 10 New Pool Halls in America in 2008.
Morgan Hill Bowl is a multi-purpose entertainment center with myriad games and activities for the whole family. Friends and families trade high-fives and trash talk as they practice their hooks and curves on polished hardwood lanes. Later, things turn psychedelic as music and light shows illuminate the alley during cosmic bowling, which also features music videos projected on drop-down screens.
But the fun and games aren't just limited to bowling?Morgan Hill also features a bocce ball room with well maintained courts and a connected wine bar. For pre- or post-game beer and cocktails, bowlers can head to StriXe Lounge, a 2,000 square foot bar with billiards, darts, and eight flat screen TVs for sports viewing. The bar also hosts regular karaoke nights, during which, guests can belt out their favorite tunes or use the mic to read aloud from a favorite bowling-themed novel.
The staff at Coach's Sports Bar & Grill aims to match the playful and energetic atmosphere of sporting events by showcasing UFC matches and football games on flat-screen TVs seven days a week. A menu of classic pub grub, such as chili-covered fries, burgers, fajitas, and hot sandwiches, pairs with beverages from the bar's selection of imported and domestic draft brews. Jack Daniels and Pinnacle Cake liquors form the base of cocktails, which guests clink over games of pool and heated discussions about what Troy Polamalu would look like with an updo.
Although it now has more than 430 locations in 28 countries, Hooters wasn?t always welcomed by the public. In fact, when it opened in October 1983 in Clearwater, Florida, the founders of the restaurant were ?quickly detained for impersonating restaurateurs,? according to the company's website. But the restaurant was able to prove it was more than just a pretty face?that it was serious about serving tasty American food and frosty brews?and its popularity exploded in the decades to follow.
Amid its beach-themed vibe and flat-screen TVs, Hooters still fuels appetites with original chicken wings, burgers, sandwiches, and fresh salads. Of course, nobody carries those casual eats and icy pitchers better than the Hooters girls. To complement their friendly smiles, their uniforms harken back to the ones the original waitresses wore in 1983: orange hot shorts and white tank tops with the emblematic owl on the front?though that owl has lost its Lionel Richie perm.
Homestead Bowl welcomes friends and families to hurl balls down 32 glistening lanes equipped with electronic scoring and gutter returns. A medley of drafts and bottled brews such as Pabst Blue Ribbon, Newcastle, and Guinness stock shelves in The X Bar, a full-service sports bar where bowlers can celebrate strikes with live music and Friday-night karaoke. The bar also tends to college nostalgia with beer pong and weekly billiards tournaments.
If you hang around downtown San Jose for long enough, you might become curious about someone called "The Brit." It seems like they host more parties than is humanly possible—"When do they sleep?" one has to wonder, hearing about the many DJs, karaoke sessions, and sports viewings they host. Follow a weekend crowd, however, and you'll learn that The Brit is not a person, but a pub where British cuisine pairs with beer, cocktails, and cheery character.
The menu at Britannia Arms Downtown covers the savory bases, from shepherd's pie to bangers and mash. And though they are British staples, the recipes are far from flippant reproductions. The fish and chips features housemade beer batter and tartar sauce over its Atlantic white cod, and the Angus beef patty on the baguette burger is hand-shaped. These and other entrees pair well with more than 20 drinks on draft, such as Boddingtons and Wyder's Pear Cider, available in pints, 120-oz "beer towers," or a 16-story hollow replica of Big Ben.
The Brit rallies its patrons for events almost every night of the week. There might be a UFC match on its many televisions, a stand-up comedian regaling the guests, or a trivia contest pitting team against team. One constant is the chatter on the heated patio, which sprawls for 3,000 square feet and has its own full-service bar.