At Wingit, soft lights cast their warm glow over plates of classic American fare as diners direct their fist pumps and fight songs toward flat-screen TVs hanging on the wood-trimmed walls of the eatery. Wingit’s chefs douse their lip-smacking wings in a spectrum of sauces that range from sweet to spicy, and assemble a hearty collection of succulent half-pound burgers, flatbread pizzas, sandwiches, and fresh salads. Weekly events, such as karaoke nights and all-night forehead wrestling, give the sports-centric Wingit its communal, neighborhood feel, and live DJs transform the joint into a lively and energetic hang-out.
Houlihan’s chefs unite diners with mouth-seeking meals culled from a menu of inventive recipes produced with local and all-natural ingredients and flanked by expertly crafted cocktails. Savory lunches arrive tableside in 15 minutes or less, swiftly occupying chompers with midday delicacies such as So-Cal fish tacos with tilapia, chipotle mayo, honey-cumin dressing, and pico de gallo ($8.95–$10.95). Dinner announces its approach with sophisticated cocktail heralds including wines, martinis, and specialty mojitos in flavors such as guava, raspberry, pomegranate, and snozzberry ($6.75–$7.75). Garlic-herb cream cheese nuzzles into the center of savory chicken breasts served over gold mashed potatoes and the vegetable of the day ($15.95–$18.95), and wild mushrooms romp through a blend of cheeses within corn tortillas blanketed by smoky mozzarella sauce in the wild mushroom enchiladas ($13.95–$15.95). Crisp calamari crowns napa cabbage and banana in the University Boulevard location's popular calamari salad ($14.95), with an aromatic banana-ginger vinaigrette that's also sold in incense form.
As Tommy, one of Howl at the Moon’s piano players, explains on the club’s website, “Every night…we try and throw a party, regardless of whether it’s a Tuesday night or a Saturday night.” The bar’s trademark dueling pianos serve as the epicenter of these nightly celebrations; patrons submit their favorite songs on slips of paper for the pianists and backing musicians to recreate. If the website’s playlist is any indication, the bands can handle popular songs from all genres and eras, from Bon Jovi’s “Livin’ on a Prayer” to Kanye West’s “All of the Lights.” The performances are spirited: colorful lights splash upon a stage where servers, guests, and chairs that have somehow developed mobility all dance along to the music.
Fueling the celebration is the bar’s indulgent selection of drinks. Servers stand over patrons to plunge jello injectors into their mouths, and revelers grab colorful straws to help drain 86-ounce booze buckets filled with sangria or other fruity libations. Pomegranate liqueur and honey-infused whiskey sweeten specialty cocktails, and local beers add depth to coolers stocked with Stella Artois and Dos Equis.
Window decals emblazoned with tintype photography beckon patrons in the doors of Cricketers Arms Pub, where the kitchen staff draws on overseas culinary customs to devise a menu of hearty British pub fare. An armada of 17 beers on tap, including several ales hand-drawn in the English pub tradition, cascade into pint glasses alongside meat pies, bangers and mash, and other British specialties. Live European sporting events such as cricket and football illuminate the pub's crimson walls and dark wood tables while live music acts warble match scores between sets.
At World Bowling Center, slick spheres fly down 32 glistening wood lanes to obliterate perfectly placed pearly white pins. Use the touch-screen Brunswick Vector lower monitors to scrutinize scoring, or watch the upper monitors as they illustrate an opponent’s fifth straight gutter ball with high-tech graphics. Spend a good chunk of the day or night at World Bowling Center taunting friends and fueling muscles with a large pizza and frosty pitcher of domestic beer, such as Yuengling. Located within 15 miles of all the major theme parks and open until 2 a.m. on Tuesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays, World Bowling Center offers a respite from a full day of standing in queues and walking through puddles of melted ice cream.
Beautiful waitresses clad in plaid mini kilts crisscross Tilted Kilt Pub & Eatery, hoisting trays of Celtic-themed pub fare as sports fans catch games on high-definition TVs. Almost a decade old, the Tilted Kilt franchise originated in Las Vegas, where restaurateur Mark DiMartino first conceived of a sports bar with Irish touches—an idea that has since spread across the country. Patrons can stay out late at the pub, spending the night sipping on beers while sampling burgers, fish ‘n’ chips, or shepherd’s pie filled with beef and veggies. On a weekly basis, musicians enliven the already party-like atmosphere, strumming tunes or throwing up fistfuls of counterfeit money on the eatery’s patio.
Nestled in the shadows of ancient oaks and towering cypress trees, Kissimmee Bay Country Club's 18-hole course takes golfers through 6,486 yards of fairways and greens lined with serene water hazards. In total, the course features a dozen ponds that come into play on nearly every hole, challenging players to try forced carries and other crafty shots. The verdant course also peppers a dash of wildlife into rounds, as sand hill cranes are often spotted along the fairways and waterways. Before taking to the course, golfers can warm up their swings at the driving range or motivate golf balls by showing them how easily they can be replaced at the pro shop.
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