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.
Since 1999, Rami's Pizza has packed its signature marinara sauce with fresh ingredients, filling calzones and topping pizzas, pastas, and Italian-style sandwiches made daily. Stone-baked pizzas crowned with traditional ingredients are made to-order, eliminating the need for tricks used by other pizzerias, such as hotboxes and adult-sized Easy-Bake Ovens.
The flavors of New Orleans are as diverse as the people who live there. So when the owners of Big Easy Cafe designed their authentic New Orleans–style menu, they didn’t just pick a few of the city's Cajun and creole classics. Rather, they decided to change the menu every day to incorporate their favorite dishes, granting customers the opportunity to sample spicy items such as Cajun catfish tacos, steaming bowls of jambalaya, and 14-inch po’ boys stuffed with seafood so fresh it's still humming tunes from The Little Mermaid. No southern meal would be complete without one of the region’s decadent desserts, including banana pudding sprinkled with crumbled wafers and bread pudding soaked in a butter-pecan rum sauce.
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.
Putting together a volleyball squad is not only a fantastic way to sweat out excess undigested burgers, but it will also help you meet new people and exercise your competitive drive. The games begin Monday, May 17, or Wednesday, May 19, and last for seven weeks, including playoffs. Depending on the turnout, there will be up to three games a night, with the first starting at 7 p.m. and the last wrapping up by 10 p.m. Your Groupon covers the entire season, so the normally required deposit fee is waived.
Dickey’s Barbecue Pit has smoked beef brisket in-house nearly every night since 1941, painting each morsel with a tangy house-made sauce. Pulled pork, turkey breast, and polish sausage round out the menu with meals that are heartier than a burrito wrapped in Paul Bunyan’s plaid shirt. Boxed lunches and catered buffets brim with homestyle sides such as coleslaw, mac 'n' cheese, and jalapeño beans. Once the last pickle has been crunched and the last finger has been licked, guests can savor one of the restaurant’s most cherished traditions: a vanilla cone, on the house.