Rings of smoke float through the air, ascending from fine, hand-rolled cigars poised in the hands of Kalahari Cigar Bar & Lounge’s patrons. Three large flat-screen televisions light up as guests recline on leather couches or lean against the full bar stocked with domestic and imported brews. In addition to cigars, the lounge serves a menu of American food for lunch and dinner, featuring burgers and fries, salads, and chicken wings marinated in freedom. Regular DJ sets, karaoke sessions, live jazz, and open-mic sessions tickle the ears of bar-goers throughout the week.
An armory of hookahs launches cool streams of smoke, which meander out onto America's Pub & Grub's open patio. Waitresses tote plates that hint at the comfort-fare traditions of Cajun and European cuisines with fried catfish, shepherd's pie, and other warming creations. Lights dance across the black-granite bar, where cocktails and draught beers mingle with happy chatter or woes about the tin-can-phone industry. Live acoustic tunes occupy the eatery's airwaves on some evenings, and guests croon their favorite tunes during karaoke gatherings.
When discussing CT's Grillin & Chillin's atmosphere with reporters from Metromix, founder Mike Fletcher explained, "I didn't call it a sports bar on purpose." Mike wanted his eatery to be something more than just a sports bar— a place where his son could perform music, where his daughter could work during summer break, and where family and friends could gather over classic American dishes. So while the 12 televisions are often aglow with the latest sports games, on other nights, the bar hosts live music, karaoke, and trivia nights. Servers hoist plates of hearty sandwiches and spicy wings from the kitchen, while bartenders dole out mixed drinks and pour glasses from their selection of more than 25 draft brews.
Neon beer signs cast a nostalgic glow across the dark-red walls of the cavernous dining rooms, illuminating the large booths and wooden tables. A spacious area in the front of the venue is equipped with microphones and speakers, creating an ideal stage for open-mic nights or public declarations that calculus is boring, no matter what popular opinion says.
Rhythm & Brews serves a hearty ensemble of music-themed grill items to complement a full schedule of live music, trivia, and karaoke. Portraits of rock legends Jimi Hendrix and Johnny Cash look on from exposed brick thrones to watch mouths chow down on Blue Suede cheeseburgers, fortified with crumbled blue cheese and bacon ($8). The Desperado wrap, a bacon, tomato, and cheddar-jack cheese payload encased in a fiery jalapeño-cheddar tortilla, rattles palates from tongue tips to stomach stems ($7). If you'd like to keep your meal as light at a globetrotting eccentric's hot air balloon, try the If the House Is Rockin salad, a vegetable quartet that plays sweet music to tantalize taste buds ($4.75).
Escape Oxygen Bar breathes energy into Greenville with a bar that bestows all the luxuriant necessities of life: crisp air, mirthful meals, adult nectar, a dimly lit dance floor, and aromatic inhalables. An oxygen bar treatment ($5) enhances atmospheric ambience by blushing lungs with fragrant air, stimulating the mind until it can solve crossword puzzles written in Pig Latin. Tip back a top-shelf cocktail ($5) and dip low on the laser-lit dance floor, or win back your detachable third hand on one of two vast pool tables. The hookah bar ($5 per person) soothes smokers with an exotic inhalant that preps parched palates for socially agreeable dishes such as chicken wings ($5.50) or cheese fries ($4). The value of this Groupon cannot be used toward cover charges.
A visit to Habiba Mediterranean Restaurant begins with a puff of smoke. Seated on the patio, groups of friends share conversation and hookahs bubbling with a variety of flavors. Inside, these aromatic fumes give way to the appetizing aromas of traditional Moroccan, Lebanese, and Indian cuisine. Here, chefs slide ground lamb onto skewers and blend chickpeas into hummus using nothing but a stern gaze. Lamb shanks are slow roasted in a spice mix, and their refreshing tabouli salad combines bulghur wheat, parsley, tomato, mint, lemon, & olive oil. Bartenders pour wine and beer at a full bar paneled in glossy wood, which reflects walls awash with rich reds and greens.