With chef Michael Geary of the 2009 Pennsylvania Iron Chef Championship team in the kitchen, the Sam Adams Brew Pub serves an elegantly simple menu of grilled American fare palatably paired with at least four Sam Adams brews always on tap. With the pub’s softly lit atmosphere, diners can watch the big game while stimulating cuisine receptacles with a delicious dish of grilled quesadilla ($7.50) and a fruity pinot grigio ($5.75). The 8-ounce barbecue-sauce-slathered, broiled Samuel burger ($9) satiates cantankerous tummies while the pub’s onion-topped cheese steak ($8.50) quells persistent hungry. To drink, barley buffs can guzzle the Samuel Adams Coastal Wheat or the robust Samuel Adams Boston Lager. Spend the evening playing the free pool, darts, and shuffleboards, or stop by on a Thursday for Guest Bartender Night, when a local celebrity, dignitary, or former king of Estonia will be serving brews for a charity of his or her choice.
Backstage Billiards I-Drive's name certainly doesn?t bury the lede??beginners and pool sharks alike can rack up games on any of the bar's 24 Brunswick tables. At the same time, it doesn't encompass the myriad billiards alternative patrons can enjoy, from hitting bullseyes on seven electronic dartboards to sinking holes-in-one during rounds of Golden Tee or cornhole. For those who prefer spectating, 20 plasma-screen televisions stay tuned to the day's biggest games and most heartwarming huddles. Amid all this sports?centric revelry, bartenders serve beverages in ice-cold mugs as well as mixed drinks from behind a 55-foot, full-liquor bar every night until 2 a.m.
Since 1995, pool sharks have been sinking balls into the corner pocket at Trick Shots. At each of its three locations, groups gather around tables to engage in friendly competition and observe all seven of Newton's laws of motion. As they play, customers nosh on selections from a menu of large fresh deli sandwiches and snacks, such as beer-battered onion rings and chicken wings, while a full bar offers cocktails, soft drinks, and draft beers nearby.
There's no sound quite like the crack of a bowling ball finding its target. It's a sound that triggers memories of childhood, and it's one that you'll hear probably a hundred times during a game at Ormond Lanes Bowling. The alley's 40 lanes give players plenty of room to plot out spares and strikes, while the Sandbagger Caf? serves all the wraps and salads needed to refuel after a game. If you have kids in tow, make sure to stop by the game room for a few rounds of air hockey. There's also a game room exclusively for adults, the Kingpin Lounge, where you can play pool, shoot darts, or file your taxes.
River Lanes Family Entertainment Center's brightly hued retro-chic lanes, arcade games, and on-site restaurant proffer diversions for every brand of bowler. Art imitates life beneath murals of flying, freshly clobbered pins, as strikers in disinfected bowling shoes strut down one of 32 alleys, lobbing balls with maximum velocity. Gather up to five peers or steely-eyed highwaymen in a lounge-style lane, complete with a couch and high table with bar stools, or crouch around a glow-in-the-dark table decorated with a skyline built of pins. An automatic scoring system takes note of every point while offering technique advice for subsequent turns. Lively 3-D graphics celebrate each move with animated scenes, such as cowboys shooting down spares and dancing mothers screaming at foul-mouthed gutter balls.
The WhirlyDome is a flurry of light and activity. Engines roar in a Formula 1 simulator, video games beep and hum in the arcade, and lasers ricochet in the laser-tag maze. The dome?s core attraction, however, is WhirlyBall, billed as the world's only mechanized team sport. Players try to shoot wiffle balls into elevated goals as they steer bumper cars across the dome's two 4,000-square-foot courts. Dubbed WhirlyBugs, the electrically powered vehicles can reach speeds of up to 5 miles per hour, like turtles who are running really, really late.
The Formula 1 racing simulator is another popular attraction. All-enveloping television screens surround riders with a realistic reproduction of the racing experience, from steering around sharp turns to suddenly braking as a promising young brain surgeon crosses the street. Competitors scamper through swirling haze in the laser frenzy, or they encounter simulated ocean creatures during rounds of undersea-themed laser tag. In between activities, players pop in and out of the onsite Bloodhound Brew Pub & Eatery, where bartenders pour drafts of local craft beer to pair with pub food, from rolls to burgers served with crispy waffle fries.