Liberty Spirit Bar & Grill stuffs noisy shout-holes with sauce-slathered sandwiches and succulent steaks. Lunchers reminisce about laundry day while rinsing a philly steak sandwich in cleansing jus sauce ($6.75) or carefully folding a chicken-bacon wrap's tomato-basil tortilla to avoid wrinkles ($6.75). During the bar's regular comedy nights, the protein in a 12-ounce rib-eye steak dinner fuels spectators' belly laughs and rotten-tomato tosses ($14.75), and karaoke warblers wet whistles with a pint of Ranger IPA or one of four other beers on tap before serenading companions with Revolutionary War anthems. Daring drinkers can sample the bar's signature concoction, the Raspberry Kamikaze, a mysterious beverage whose secret recipe is known only to Liberty Spirit bartenders and former U.S. Secretary of State Henry Kissinger.
At Northern Lights Theatre Pub, audience members sip riesling and sink forks into chicken breasts as movie families sit down to dinner on the silver screen. Cinema-goers order their meals before sitting down to watch second-run flicks, letting waiters ferry their pulled-pork burritos or Angus burgers right to their seats so they don’t miss a screen couple’s passionate first kiss, tender final embrace, or heartwarming jump from an exploding helicopter. In addition to finger foods, the chefs take their fare up a notch by layering personal pizzas with housemade sauce, sprinkling parmesan cheese and squeezing lemon juice over chicken breasts, and piling pineapple atop their banana splits. Before evening films light up the theaters, Northern Lights’ full-service bar kicks into gear, leading to age restrictions so that moviegoers can freely sip on-tap beers such as Blue Moon and Gilgamesh Mamba or wash down bites with chardonnay and shiraz. In addition to screening blockbuster movies, the theater pub’s three auditoriums occasionally show sports or host live shows such as standup comedy.
Using the Northwest style of crust—super-thin and crispy—the pizza crafters at Donatello's Pizza fill the menu with creative pizza-flavor combinations. The taco pizza, for example, piles spicy refried beans, lettuce, and taco chips atop the pie, and the bacon cheeseburger includes thousand island dressing, ground beef, and crumbled bacon. Lunchtime sees the restaurant offer an all-you-can-eat buffet with a salad bar, dessert, and limitless pizza.
The Break Billiards & Brew's soundtrack of caroming cue balls rings out through the spacious confines of the remodeled pool hall now residing under new ownership. The bar's smattering of billiards tables, neon signs, arcade basketball, and beer-spewing taps evoke the party-centric ethos of Samuel Adams' college dorm room. DJ-spun tunes jostle feet across a freshly installed dance floor and, between a flurry of cues and two-steps, fried snacks, soups, and cheese-stuffed burgers hum an alluring siren song. A collection of sports-streaming TVs will soon be joined by video lottery machines, thus prompting the invention of the scratch-and-win remote.
When Honeywood Winery first began in 1933, it wasn't a winery at all, but rather a distillery that produced fruit cordials and brandies. Today, it's one of Oregon’s oldest operating wineries, producing a wide variety of fruit wines and a handful of reds and whites. In all, 50 different housemade wines are available, enough to float a battleship or a houseboat owned by a Rockefeller. And the winery's location in Salem isn't random—its proximity to Willamette Valley grants it easy access to many stalwart vineyards of the area. Visitors can peruse the marketplace for bottles, edibles, and gifts, or head to the tasting room for a complimentary sampling of wines.