The Cigar Loft creates a welcoming environment for anyone who enjoys premium cigars and craft beer. The cigar bar features hundreds of rare and local cigar brands. After picking up their favorites, patrons can puff on a cigar, sip their favorite pint or glass of wine, and watch live sporting events?including NFL Ticket games?on 14 HDTVs. A savory food menu complements the cigars and drinks; on Tuesdays, patrons can get an eight-ounce steak for less than $10. The Cigar Loft also features outdoor seating.
Restored black and white images dating back to the late 19th and early 20th centuries hang throughout The Parkside, providing a glimpse into what life around Spirit Lake was like back when the town's lumber and logging industries were just starting to flourish. But while the decor might tip its hat to the past, everything else about the smoke-free lounge is decidedly modern. Patrons can order food through The Parkside from local eateries such as 4th and Maine Pizza, White Horse, Linger Longer, or La Sierra to pair with a carefully curated selection of wines and craft beers available by the glass, bottle, or growler. The atmosphere, while relaxed, is kept lively by a rotating calendar of events?when local musicians aren't gracing the space or tickling the ivories on the bar's digital baby grand piano, the main room instead resounds with cheers from fans watching the game on big-screen HD televisions.
When walking into Well-Read Moose's nondescript stone building, customers probably wouldn't expect a seven-foot Cat in the Hat to greet them with a hug. During a story time event in June 2014, though, that's exactly what happened. Interactive events like those are just one way of the many ways books come alive here. Even without large behatted felines, the store engages readers with author-hosted book readings and signings, as well as evening wine tastings. Well-Read Moose also sells coffee and pastries from local bakeries to keep guests fueled as they listen to their favorite writer or peruse the extensive collection, which ranges from children's classics to the latest adult thrillers.
Situated on a bustling corner, Splash beckons passersby inside to watch the game, hit the dance floor, or grab a bite to eat. A self-professed destination for both day and night, Splash's kitchen serves up a menu of bar-friendly appetizers and snacks, such as beer-battered onion rings with ranch for dipping and spinach-artichoke dip served with a toasted baguette. The day-to-day action usually centers around sporting events, which play throughout the bar on 10 high-definition TVs.
If they can't make it to the game, sports fans find The Ref Sports Bar a good substitute for the live action. Flat screens flicker on all four sides of a jumbotron-style feature hanging above the bar. Friends gather around creatively named pizzas, such as the Classic Homerun Margherita and the The Man Cave, with buffalo sauce, crispy chicken, jalapeño bacon, and ranch dressing forming the image of the buttons on a remote control. They can also share a plate of chicken wings doused in various sauces, including six buffalo sauces in varying levels of heat. Ambitious eaters who complete the Unnecessary Roughness Challenge—devouring five total pounds of burger, toppings, and fries—get their meal for free plus a pallet in the corner to sleep off the food coma.
Barbecued meats and frosty brews are the main draw at Hot Rods Bar and BBQ, but you could probably guess that from looking at the name. What you wouldn't know without stopping in for dinner, however, is how much fun can be had when the plates are cleared away. A late-night destination no matter the night, Hot Rods pairs saucy ribs and pulled-pork sandwiches with entertainment options that range from live karaoke to beer-pong tournaments.