Located down the street from Target Field, Darby's Pub & Grill opens its doors for the community to celebrate or commiserate after a nail-biter ballgame or rousing bout of gladiatorial combat. Diners can do so out on the open-air patio, which flows with draft beer and the aromas of toasted deli sandwiches, as well as hearty third-pound burgers crowned with zesty toppings such as blue cheese, pesto mayo, and bacon.
A sheet of corrugated metal adorned with neon letters and a row of piano keys greets guests entering The Shout House Rock ‘N Roll Dueling Pianos, but what lies within isn’t simply a bar: it’s a battleground. While bartenders pour drinks at rapid speeds—up to 662 shots in two minutes—a pair of performers wage musical war with grand pianos on a mirrored stage. When they’re not pounding out classic rock-‘n’-roll hits from the 1950s to the present, they engage the audience, cracking jokes, taking requests, and explaining the latent causes of Lisztomania. They also work in multiple teams to keep the music going all night long, giving guests plenty of time to sip their drinks and dine on menu items such as burgers and pizza. In addition to these tuneful nightly skirmishes, The Shout House also hosts weekly events such as ‘80s Night, Worker's Comp Night, and Birthday Tuesdays.
Named as an homage to one of the four historic theaters that once operated near what is now City Center, the New Century Theatre carries on the best of the stage. Whereas the original venue—which burned down in 1964—seated 2,000 and focused on vaudeville, the modern-day jewel creates an intimate space for theatrical performances with seating for 300. Since 2011, it has hosted local and touring performers as well as educational initiatives such as the Broadway Confidential series and an acting demonstration on how to cry your way out of a parking ticket.
A treasure chest of hits opens to generations of music fans as two-time Grammy winner Kenny Loggins fills the Verizon Wireless Center with his warmhearted voice and venerable songbook. Since the late 1960s, Loggins’ haberdashery of musical hats has included multiplatinum pop stardom with soft-rock albums such as Celebrate Me Home, children’s lullabies, and his seminal role as Loggins in the folk duo Loggins and Messina. The charismatic performer careens through decades of introspective melodies and vigorous anthems in his resplendent live show, flooding ear canals with soundtrack staples such as “Danger Zone” from Top Gun,“I’m Alright” from Caddyshack, and “Footloose” from the film Where’s My Foot?
When you walk into Kitty Cat Klub, you might feel like you're on the set of a modern remake of a Vincent Price movie. Candelabra-style chandeliers and colored spotlights illuminate gilded mirrors and huge tropical trees that look like they were imported straight from the Copacabana. During the day, college students sit on vintage-looking, mismatched velvet furniture with laptops open, trying desperately to classify the various plant species. After the sun goes down, live music or DJ-spun tunes resounds through the cozy den's exposed-brick walls.
To complement more than 20 types of beer or a glass of wine, housemade chili and chicken noodle soup warm insides, and burgers and sandwiches zip down from Annie's Parlor upstairs. Diners can also opt to sit on the outdoor patio, which is either warmed by the sun or a resident heat lamp.