Stone's Throw Bar & Grill serves contemporary American cuisine made with fresh and locally sourced ingredients. Daily menus reflect offerings from regional farmers, including the watercress salad, bursting with a harvest of avocados, corn, citrus supremes, goat cheese, and toasted cumin-lime vinaigrette ($7). A plate of fried green tomatoes ($8) works as a home-style opening act for the simple grilled fish, which is served on a bed of caramelized-onion-basil mashed potatoes ($23). Sides such as cheese grits and braised collards ($4 each) sing backup for the Meyer Ranch burger's ($9) protein-packed rock ballad. Splitting desserts of white-chocolate bread pudding ($6) and chocolate truffle tart ($7) prevents hurt feelings on the side of the delicious dessert menu.
City Vineyard's viticultural mart purveys over 700 international fine wines and beers in a casual, non-intimidating atmosphere. Classes—many of which are overseen by local vino aficionado Foster Smith—are held every other Tuesday and traverse a seemingly infinite wine-scape, exploring the grapey libation's interaction with barbecue, sushi and sake, cheese and desserts, and more. Pluck basic tidbits from the vine of wisdom during the Wine 101 class (January 11), which unmasks the fundamentals of winemaking, source regions, tasting methods, and wine-speak. If you're a cigar devotee, sign up for the Big Reds, Port & Cigars course (January 25) to discover the proper pairing of smokes and juices before knowledge of the technique vanishes in a swirling cloud of ashes.
The Humidor Room surrounds smokers with a selection of distinguished stogies and a host of relaxation-inducing items, such as HDTVs, couches, and a fully stocked bar (Groupon not valid on alcohol). The Oliva Serie V Churchill ($8.69), Ashton Aged Maduro ($12.39), and Padron Serie 1926 No. 6 ($16.59), provide puffers a tasty alternative to smoking rolled-up issues of National Geographic, while a Xikar Crystal Clear Humidifier ($7.99) maintains smoking-torpedo moistness. Those in search of surprise may try their luck at snagging a number of mystery grab bags ($19.99).
A lengthy lineup of traditional game-day fare and a sports atmosphere captivate fans at Fox and Hound - Bailey's, where the kitchen remains open as late as its neighboring fully stocked bar. Chefs cook until the wee hours of the morning and always until the bar closes, baking Bavarian pretzel starters, crafting towers of onion rings, and preparing hand-battered chicken tenders that are cooked until they are golden brown. They blend their own seasonings to sprinkle over grilled-to-order burgers, and draw from a diverse roster of cheeses and toppings to crown their wood-oven-inspired flatbreads.
While manning the bars, bartenders tap into a stash of libations, such as UV Whipped vodka and Patron Silver tequila, to mix their specialty cocktails. To further foster a sporting ambiance, high-definition TVs glow with sports games and custom music-video playlists, and guests partake in pastimes of ump bashing, billiards, or competitive people watching.
After working for decades as a successful oil executive, National Senior Games gold medalist Homer Brown decided to shift gears, opening BumperNets in 1999 to promote his beloved sport of table tennis to the masses. Nestled within the Riverchase Galleria Mall, Brown’s well-stocked, interactive emporium lets visitors hone their ping-pong or pool skills under the tutelage of a trained professional, or master the finer points of team management at the foosball table. Homer and his knowledgeable staff help guests deck game rooms in felt-clad pool tables, glittering pinball machines, and skee-ball alleys for rental or purchase, and can assist with onsite assembly.
Magic City Ballroom Dance Studio's experienced instructional feet ignite the dance floor with a variety of lessons that demystify the art of rhythmic motion for dancers of all skill levels. Dance styles such as the tango, mambo, and samba infuse hips with infectious Latin rhythms while the Viennese Waltz, the fox trot, and the lindy step add pizzazz to wedding dances or an expressive trip down the produce aisle. Not content to only host energetic classes, the studio also supports one-day dance competitions, inviting dancers to show off their hard work for a chance at prizes and statues of bronzed jazz hands.