The clatter of pool balls melds with the cheering from sports fans at Skip & Jan's Sports Bar, where 24 pool tables tempt those not busy watching the game on one of 20 flat-screen televisions. During time-outs, patrons nibble on tavern fare, such as potato skins, third-pound burgers, and tuna melts. The bar’s wings, which are served with nine different sauces, earned the eatery a feature in the Arizona Republic as one of the area’s 20 best places for wings not including a chicken farm.
Antars Sports Bistro complements its robust, homemade menu with 25 on-tap beers, regular live events, and more than 30 big-screen TVs tuned to the latest feats of competitive ball smashing. While families converse and sports fans bemoan rumored curses involving goats or Kevin Costner’s dad, chefs prepare fresh, original dishes such as the bourbon-glazed pecan-crusted salmon, a crispy fillet served alongside sweet-potato ravioli and Creole mustard-coated spinach ($14.95). The steak and shrimp oreganada ($18.95) tops tender sirloin with five jumbo garlic sautéed shrimp, while the Blue Brute burger wrangles melted blue cheese into fried onion ring lassos and traps them betwixt a pretzel bun ($8.95). Pizzas ($13+) and pastas ($9.95+) import Italian zest to the all-American bill o' fare, while slices of homemade New York–style cheesecake help stomachs return stateside with a creamy slice drizzled with a traditional topping of raspberry sauce and a potato knish.
Devil’s Advocate, which takes its name from the Arizona State Sun Devils, serves handmade grub and frosty mugs filled with frothy beverages. The sinful menu is rife with hearty tacos, burritos, prime-rib sandwiches, burgers, and pizzas, all made from scratch. The mango-habanero wings ($6.99) are a popular handheld inferno, meant to be washed down with a handpicked jury of beers on tap. The posh, dark-wood interior of Devil’s Advocate, with plentiful leather seating, bookshelves, and a crackling fireplace, resembles a judge’s private quarters, and the shuffleboard, pool table, weekend dance floors, and walls adorned in glorious liquor selections and 39 sports-laden high-def TVs resembles a judge's home.
Lucky Break takes its fun and games very seriously. Between games of pool played on the six hardwood billiard tables, players bite into half-pound burgers topped with eclectic ingredients, such as spicy peppers, brie, and avocado slices. The burgers join a lengthy menu of classic grill fare, including massive grilled-cheese sandwiches, fish tacos, and regulation-size buffalo chicken sliders for use in edible games of table hockey. To wash down eats, bartenders kick open the kegs connected to 24 taps and pour beers that diners hoist in triumph for each home-team win, as viewed on 14 wall-mounted flat-screen TVs and six mammoth viewing stations.
At JJ Madisons, less than 15 burgers on the menu would be unthinkable. The chefs have created 18 separate sandwiches, some of which have their own variants?the Malibu Beach burger, for example, comes with mushrooms, swiss, and avocado atop beef or chicken. Others are less like classic patties and more like enticing burger hybrids. The Buffalo Fire patty is prepped in zesty chicken-wing sauce, whereas the PB & J bacon burger mixes peanut butter, jelly, and sriracha hot sauce for a truly unique flavor combo.
The rest of the menu celebrates a wide range of American eats. There are award-winning wings flavored with 17 different sauces, deli sandwiches from reubens to turkey melts, and entrees of steak and fried shrimp. Much of the food is categorized under a relevant U.S. city, whether it's tacos honoring Santa Rosa, California or a Pittsburgh patty melt.
The eatery also provides plenty of nighttime entertainment: live music, karaoke events, and poker games are on the calendar every week, much like a greedy person's birthday. Happy hour runs all day and night throughout the summer with food specials until midnight.
As its neon-flamed exterior would suggest, Cactus Moon Sports Grill is a lively establishment. Chefs prepare eclectic dishes, such as Wachos, their Southwestern twist on nachos, in which they douse crisp waffle fries in a hearty sauce. From the sports bar outfitted with 48 HDTVs, bartenders pour a selection of beer and wine, which includes sudsy drafts from Four Peaks, Stella Artois, and Sam Adams. On some nights, the clacking of pool balls on 15 billiards tables and the rattling of foosball kickers orchestrate rhythmic background sounds, and on others, a late-night DJ incites hip swivels and 360-degree head turns with an infectious track list of danceable tunes played out over a 1,000-square-foot dance floor.