With its table and bottle service, live dance music, and 50-cent Corrona specials, El Parral is everything you'd want in a club. But that doesn't mean it's exclusive. Anybody can get down to boogie town on the dance floor, especially with the deep neon blue lights setting the scene. Should you want the presidential treatment, however, El Parral is more than happy to oblige. The club offers VIP treatment and bottle service, which is when your waiter is made entirely of bottles.
Though the flavors of the sea shine through on their menu, the chefs at Crab Zone decided to add a little more zing to their recipes. That's why the chefs give control over to the diners, letting them mix and match seasonings and spice levels on orders of boiled king crab and snow crab. Guests can create mild plate of Cajun-spiced shrimp or see whether crab with super-spicy garlic butter can make steam shoot out of their ears. Alongside these customized dishes, the kitchen serves up barbecued filets of sea bass, grilled salmon, and fresh raw oysters. The staff can also fry up batches of shrimp or calamari, a perfect pair for buckets of beer and pitchers of margaritas while watching sports on HDTVs throughout the restaurant.
Owned and run by Irish transplants, Tim Finnegan’s recreates an authentic pub atmosphere to enjoy traditional dishes as well as international soccer matches. The pub takes its name from James Joyce's final novel, Finnegans Wake, and reflects its Celtic heritage both behind the bar and on the menu. Taps hide cold drafts of Harp, Guinness, and Smithwick's, and the kitchen fills tables with plates of corned beef and cabbage or traditional Irish breakfast, served regardless of what time it is in Belfast.
The Bleacher Report called out Finnegan's as a top destination to catch Euro 2012 matches, and fans are regularly found clustered around the long bar or lacquered wooden tables to cheer on their teams. Musicians can test new material or their ability to follow instructions on Wednesday night open mics or Sunday karaoke, while teams can test their wits on Tuesday with pub trivia. Monday and Thursday though Saturday nights are reserved for live music.
A plug-and-play wine-tasting service, Raising Glasses LLC helps local nonprofit organizations, sports teams, and individuals navigate the choppy waters of today's economy with professional wine-tasting fundraisers. The Raising Glasses staff handles all aspects of each event, including securing a venue, providing the wines, and developing a marketing campaign to get the word out. In addition to its fundraisers, the company draws from a deep barrel of knowledge to pour wine education into open ears at in-home tastings and informative series. Customers can also use Raising Glasses for party-planning assistance, during which an expert will help chefs pair wines with meal courses and explain regional differences in tastes so hosts know what language to speak when asking a bottle to attend the party.
Pie for dinner. It's something that every child asks for, but few people of any age actually get. Unless you jump across the pond. In England, paired with a pint of beer in a cheery pub, pie becomes a main course, a dessert, and a snack. But George and Dragon English Restaurant and Pub makes transatlantic travel unnecessary, bringing bits of the UK to the Southwest. Classic English cuisine?from bangers and mash to steak and kidney pie?pair with a frosty ale or stout from the drink menu to satisfy native Brits and casual diners alike. And George and Dragon has been serving these traditional British eats for years, celebrating its 19th anniversary in February.
Still, the dining room seems far older in certain places. The stonework fireplace, for example, is guarded from above by the mounted armor and visor of a knight. The bar is also made of stone, recalling a provincial village inn, with flags of UK football teams draped overhead. The pool room hosts games on two felted tables, and retro Union Jacks grace the tabletops near the bar to confuse patrons who've time traveled from the 1600s.
At Ticoz Resto-Bar, the chefs draw from traditional Central American, South American, and Mexican recipes to whip up modern interpretations of authentic dishes such as tamales and enchiladas. Their menu includes grilled chicken doused in sherry chipotle sauce, street-style corn and flour tacos, and the cheesy housemade corn chips of Nachos Montana, named for the state's cheese-covered founder. Behind the bar, bartenders craft signature cocktails and martinis to complement the menu's innovative Latin flavors.
Meals and merriment unfold in an intimate lounge outfitted with dark woods, earth tones, and scarlet chairs and booths. Candles and a string of overhead lights illuminate a relaxing outdoor patio warmed by a space heater.