Each Auld Dubliner location must meet the stringent level of authenticity required by co-owner and Gaelic strongdrinker David Copley. A native of Limerick, Ireland, Copley might share a dirty poem if you ask nicely, but he's more likely to tell you that every part of his pub's polished wood, brass décor, and menu of toothsome Erin edibles was designed and crafted in Ireland and transported piece by piece to its new American home. Tuck right into pub classics such as shepherd's pie with ground beef and lamb ($12.95) or the for-more-than-St.-Patty's-Day corned beef and cabbage ($12.95). Other fare that comes with a shamrock stamp of approval includes the traditional boxty (a potato pancake), stuffed with delights such as Irish bacon and melted cheddar ($13.95) or Atlantic salmon with shallots and tarragon ($15.95). For a finish as sweet as a "yes" from Molly Bloom, the Irish-whiskey crème brûlée adds a twist to the traditional dessert.
At Black Horse Tavern & Grill, the decor is not surprisingly centered around framed pictures of horses and horse head statues?all black, of course. The equine-heavy furnishings surround the eatery?s main star, the bar?also horseshoe shaped?which sits in the center of the room. There, bartenders pull from taps of Blue Moon, Stella Artois, and a handful of craft brews. Back in the kitchen, chefs celebrate all things American with large-portion entrees that include made-from-scratch fish and chips, potato croquettes, marinated hanger steak, and bacon wrapped meatloaf paired with mashed potatoes smothered in gravy. A number of flat-screen TVs are tuned to the day's big sporting events, and the bar supplies handheld electronic trivia games that can be played against strangers or your split personality.
Across the 20 lanes at Universal Strike Bowling Center, the rolling thrum of bowling balls prefaces the clattering of pins. As guests hunt strikes and spares, automated scoring tallies each felled pin, and pours of beer and platters of pizza from the sports bar sate competitors' appetites.
Away from the lanes, Universal Strike Bowling Center houses other venues for friendly competition, including a large arcade, and pool tables. In three banquet halls that can host up to 500 guests, the sprawling facility puts on wedding receptions, corporate gatherings, quinceañeras, and other festive events.
At Naim's Lounge, the chatter of friendly conversation mingles with wisps of fragrant hookah smoke, melting away workday stresses in the midst of friendly company. Guests puff on Lebanese pipes, surrounded by burbling fountains, televisions, and cozy sectioned couches.
Little Shop of Horrors, Center Stage's latest production, revisits Alan Menken's famed dark comic musical about an insecure floral assistant forced to serve human lunches to a man-eating plant with a Juilliard-caliber singing voice. Bear witness to the expressive acting of Center Stage Theatre's best as actors bring to life the terrifyingly humorous story of love, desperation, and maniacal dentists. First-timers will discover the epic roots of the botanical horror-comedy genre, and longtime fans can return for a 20th viewing to rehear favorite notes of mind-sticking standards like "Skid Row (Downtown)."
Comfy leather booths surround a bumping dance floor at M15 Concert Bar & Grill, making the club?s prerogative known from the get-go. If it wasn?t clear, though, a rich menu of classic grill fare such as rib-eye steaks and shrimp scampi shows off the kitchen?s devotion to food, whereas a weekly lineup of musical and comedy acts demonstrate the venue?s commitment to entertainment. Tribute acts regularly wind back the clock onstage, whether yowling like Axl Rose or sporting the invisible reptilian crown of Jim Morrison. Actual stars of yesteryear have been known to make appearances as well, including Tommy Tutone and Bow Wow Wow. M15 Concert Bar & Grill?s dance parties might be themed around the music of decades past or be soundtracked by DJs spinning dub step, hip-hop, and electronica?whatever it takes to get guests shaking their hips into the night.