At Sideliners Grill, more than 30 flat screen televisions broadcast major sporting events with NFL Ticket and ESPN Game Plan packages. But the action isn?t only limited to the screen. Outside, the restaurant has eight sandy volleyball courts where it hosts men?s, women?s, and coed volleyball tournaments. Those with an insatiable appetite for competition can also join in on a match of open-play soccer, play in the horseshoe pit, engage in a game of bags on their Cornhole boards, or head inside for a round of billiards.
In a bright dining room spacious enough to accommodate a small army or all the people in the world named "Eggbert," games can be chased with brawny burgers and pints of draft beer. Chefs shower housemade barbeque sauce over a variety of classics that range from succulent baby back ribs to tender chopped brisket sandwiches. The wait staff, meanwhile, sets up giant beer towers as a playful way for patrons to fill their own glasses.
More than 40 years ago, Charlie and Mary Garcia founded El Chaparral Mexican Restaurant to share their culinary heritage with the local community. Though the business has now been passed down to the next generation of the family, the restaurant adheres to the made-fresh recipes of its early days, delighting diners with hearty enchiladas, fresh seafood dishes, and its signature bean soup.
When Jim Kiest of the San Antonio Express-News visited Hooligan’s Bar & Grill, he left with one important takeaway: “It is a great place to hang out when you’re not quite sure what you want to do. You’ll figure it out when you get there.” Kiest hit the nail on the head, given Hooligan’s eclectic collection of events and games. On any given night, a DJ might spin current hits for patrons to tap dance to or a cover band might storm the stage and pump out jams from the 1970s, ‘80s, or ‘90s. The music supplies a lively soundtrack for free rounds of poker, coin-operated pool games, an arsenal of darts and video games, and even dodge-ball matches.
Regardless of the ever-changing events schedule, patrons will always find three staples at Hooligan’s—food, drinks, and plenty of TVs. While watching Monday-night football or a UFC fight, bar-goers can munch mild to extra-hot wings, classic 8-ounce burgers, and individual pizzas, all washed down by domestic beers or fun cocktails such as cherry bombs and washington apples.
The energy of a crowd cheering on their favorite team is electric. At Play Sports + Kitchen, the crew harnesses that energy by creating at atmosphere for it to crackle. Sprawled throughout 4,500 square feet of space, this upscale sports bar treats all patrons to an unmatched vantage point, boasting 18 high-definition televisions and seven projection screens, both indoors and outdoors. This way, even if guests are outside playing shuffleboard or baying at the moon, they won't miss a single play. The bar airs virtually all sports games, both college and professional, and fuels its guests with a menu that puts twists on typical bar food, stuffing quesadillas with goat cheese and putting grilled-cheese sandwiches on texas toast.
Knife & Fork Gastropub elevates the neighborhood watering hole by adding something most other pubs don't have: the element of surprise. The food, for instance, transcends the traditional roster of burgers and sandwiches to incorporate humanely raised beef that's aged in-house, as well as sustainable seafood and local or organic produce. The result is a decadent burger crowned with tomato confit, candied bacon, gorgonzola, horseradish cream, and arugula, or even chicken 'n' waffles smeared with herb butter, maple syrup, and spicy gravy. Four types of salads add their own veg-friendly edge to the menu, including avocado chop, wedge, cesar, and house.
All these varieties of flavor mirror the gastropub's eclectic entertainments. Amid a sprawling industrial space accented in chrome, 11 HD televisions play sports while guests enjoy games such as foosball, giant Jenga, and darts. Arcade games of Skee-Ball livens crowds, who can implicate each other in the mystery of who threw the wooden ball through Old Man Peterson's window.
The interiors of The Lion & Rose pubs emulate the convivial atmosphere of British and Irish settings, with each corner of the restaurant ornamented with vintage wall sconces and handmade wood decor. The draught list overflows with imported pints such as Boddingtons and Smithwick's, while the menu includes unusual specialties such as chips and curry alongside shepherd's pie and bangers, mash, and beans. As befits a sports bar, locations boast plasma TVs tuned to the biggest games as well as dartboards where friends can challenge one another.