Norm's Palette is a feast for the senses?literally. During painting parties, groups sip on a complimentary glass of wine while following Norman's lead in applying brushstrokes to canvas?creating everything from a color-drenched sunset to a tropical beach scene. There's also tasty tapas to nibble and the strains of live music to fill the ears. But the fun's not limited to the 21-and-over crew; kids can also flex their talent by painting animals, mythical unicorns, and trees.
Though the days of secretive drinking during Prohibition are long gone, secrets still abound during Speak Easy Sundays at The Hourglass Brewery. By whispering each Sunday?s password to the bartender, patrons gain access to discounted craft beers until 11 p.m. and get their name added to J. Edgar Hoover?s enemy list. Other drink specials are available throughout the week, when libations from top craft breweries like Dogfish Head and Lost Coast flow from taps and bottles. Of course, Hourglass also supplies brews made in-house, from traditionally hoppy IPAs to ales flavored with butternut squash and cinnamon. Food trucks complement the pours every Friday; in upcoming months, Hourglass? taproom will even share space with Pape Bee?s and Wako Taco.
Amid the melodies of nightly karaoke, Devaney's marries hearty pub fare with daily drink specials. Signature cocktails and beer—from breweries including Bell's, Lagunitas, Victory, and Stone—wash back burgers, sandwiches, and wings. A surfeit of sports décor represents various teams battling on the flat-screen TVs, which beam down on tabletops and bar seating filled with patrons cheering as their favorite mascot executes a perfect high-five. The bar further engages crowds with Wednesday-night bingo, Thursday-night trivia, and weekly live bands, who are only sometimes possessed by ventriloquist dummies.
From boats skimming the blue waters to sunsets of rich orange and yellow hues, the sights of Lake Monroe offer a picturesque backdrop for every meal at Nemo's Bar & Grill. Located at the Monroe Harbour Marina, the eatery fittingly specializes in pub-style seafood, from crab cakes and fried clams to sliders made with local gator. Beyond the seafood offerings, cooks assemble chipotle chicken melts, toss wings in lemon-pepper sauce, and prep snacks such as beer-battered green beans. When they're not taking in the lake views, Nemo's patrons stay entertained with a weekly lineup of activities. The night's biggest sports games are broadcast on HDTVs throughout the bar, live musicians and karaoke crooners frequently take the stage, and during weekly poker nights, players go all in on full houses or a series of cards that just look pretty together.
At La Sirena Gorda Cabana?a.k.a "The Fat Mermaid"?you won't get to eat Mexican food with real-life mermaids, but but you likely won't mind. There are better options. The crowd-pleasing cinnamon margarita, for instance, gives palates something to think about with a complex mix of spice and tequila. Then there's the verdant lawn where folks can enjoy favorites such as papas rellenas or smothered burritos in a breezy al fresco dinner setting. The cozy interior gives the outdoor seats a run for their money with live music and convivial karaoke nights, both perfect soundtracks for a flavorful platter of pork-topped nachos.
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.