Once upon a time there were three friends?Bill, Michael, and Brendan?who loved three simple things: food, drink, and sports. They decided to combine their passions into a business where visitors could share in their enjoyment. Thus, they founded Third Base, a sports bar that began offering drink specials, classic bar food, and endlessly televised sports as soon as it opened. The community enjoyed the establishment so much, the owners soon expanded, opening two additional locations.
Each Third Base location boasts all the amenities locals have come to expect from the proprietors. In addition to numerous flat-screen TVs that bathe the dining rooms in a technicolor glow, sports action is also beamed to the relaxing patios. Drink specials include cocktails and beers, though there are also creative signature drinks like a frozen sangria-laced margarita. The kitchen serves up such treats as a black-and-blue burger, tilapia tacos, wings in eight different sauces, blackened salmon, and decadent milk shakes. On special occasions, Third Base plays host to events that range from crayfish boils to live music to tailgates that celebrate the invention of beer cozies.
Bill, Michael, and Brendan are Third Base's founders, but they're regulars at their three sports bars, too. You'll often find them snacking on spicy ranch wings, kicking back with beers on the patio, or cheering at the house TVs. And, perhaps because the three are customers themselves, they go above and beyond to make their customers happy. They post an online schedule of the games they'll show on TV, for instance, so fans of Scandinavian folk wrestling never get their hopes up too high. They also host special events, like crawfish boils with mimosas by the carafe. Cuisine such as green chili cheeseburgers, stuffed tots, and fish tacos can be paired with daily drink specials, and carryout is offered for those who are stuck babysitting the house plant.
From its expansive open-air patio to its host of friendly servers, Cuatro’s cultivates a breezy dining experience in every sense of the word. As diners survey sports across 13 TV screens, including the massive 10'x10' “Cuatro-tron,” the kitchen staff sets to work dressing up the menu's two familiar staples—burgers and tacos—with eclectic ingredients. Tacos brim with meaty fillings such as brisket, chipotle chicken, and grilled shrimp, and burger patties steam under a cover of jalapeños, avocado slices, and fried eggs. Diners' four-legged companions also eat well at Cuatro’s, as the outdoor patio is dotted with water bowls, dog treats, and snout-sized moist towelettes.
Founded by a posse of Kentucky-area natives, Trifecta On 3rd distinguishes itself with an enormous bourbon selection and a gourmet bar menu heavy on specialty pizzas. These house pies include the Southwestern chorizo, made with fresh, golden corn and cilantro, and the Fireball, which scalds mouths with jalapeños, serranos, habaneros, and, when in season, the notoriously nuclear Ghost Chili. Between bites, patrons can escape to Trifecta's expansive patio lest their ear-steam obstruct others' view of the interior's seven flat-screen TVs.
MVP Sports Bar & Grill floods salivary glands with a menu featuring Chicago-style thin-crust pizza and classic pub fare. Patrons can exhibit culinary creativity by building their own pizza ($8+) with toppings ($.75/item) including jalapeño peppers, pineapple, grilled chicken, and ground beef. Nosh a Family Favorite pizza for a tried-and-true tummy silencer such as the 16" four-meat MVP Monster ($24.99) or the spinach trio, in which Popeye fuel is bolstered by bacon and feta cheese on crust rubbed with olive oil and garlic ($12+). With a kitchen open until 1 a.m., patrons can order edible bread embraces including the All American burger, a half-pound burger topped with lettuce, tomato, and onion ($7.49), for a hearty midnight snack or early morning breakfast.
Since The Tavern’s establishment in 1933, creative culinarians have updated the rustic Prohibition-era space with myriad of mouthwatering menu items served beneath the glow of 50 high-definition TVs. Fill in faces’ pillow marks with a concealing dollop of hollandaise from the new breakfast menu’s host of hollandaise dishes. The Italian Stallion boasts two poached eggs, fresh mozzarella, sliced tomato, and a toasted english muffin adorned with fresh basil and a balsamic reduction ($9.99). Diners celebrate the Golden State's 19th-century rush of prospecting surfers with the California burger, which combines a half pound of grass-fed beef with provolone, alfalfa sprouts, and avocado ($9.50). Errant fried eggs adopt classic disguises within the sourdough B.E.L.T., ducking into a bundle of bacon, crisp lettuce, tomato, and seasoned southwest mayo ($8).