The team members at Rok Bar n Grill describe their domain as a "rock n roll-themed establishment" that cultivates an immersive, party-centric experience for its guests. But while dramatic decor and architecture feed eyes, and a packed schedule of events beckons ears, it's a menu of artfully crafted American favorites that keeps mouths and bellies satisfied.
A traditional Irish pub, Shannon View Inn serves up Emerald Isle classics such as shepherd’s pie along with a selection of 24 frothy craft beers on tap. The kitchen also dishes out build-your-own burgers and gourmet bar snacks such as fried pickles with chipotle sauce. For brunch, inventive ingredients such as jalapeños or sautéed spinach amp up eggs benedict, and traditional Irish breakfast bounces palates back across the pond with grilled tomatoes, bangers, and two rashers of bacon.
Soaking up the vibes alongside Oakland Beach, Marley's on the Beach takes on the personality of its waterfront location. Inside, tables spread visitors out across a spacious dining area, and tiki hut hatching decorates a fully stocked bar. There, servers concoct refreshing cocktails and frozen drinks, such as the orange vodka and ice cream mix-infused creamcicle. Adding to the relaxed island feel, live bands gets crowds swinging and swaying every night the restaurant is open.
Seasonal sports flicker on flat-screen TVs at Part II Lounge, where a menu of lip-smacking pub grub coasts down esophagi on foam-capped surfs of domestic suds. Starters such as pulled-pork nachos enable table-wide bonding and barbecue-sauce-smothered thumb wars, with winners scoring a homemade roasted garlic hummus platter with toasted pita chips. Toe-tapping tunes pour from an on-site jukebox, underscoring chews on an all-purpose munchies platter that combines chicken tenders, mozzarella sticks, onion rings, and seasoned fries onto one sprawling salver. Spirits soar on the dance floor thanks to infectious riffs from live bands and DJs, and the dulcet clack of ricocheting balls echoes throughout the lounge on Mondays and Tuesdays during complimentary pool games.
Bar 101's amiable atmosphere plays host to an expansive menu of burgers, pizzas, and bar delicacies that set the stage for weekly events. Rich layers of crumbled bleu cheese, bacon, and ranch dressing smother the pepper-encrusted black and bleu burger ($8), while the thai crunch salad chauffeurs bites of grilled chicken, mixed greens, chow mein, wasabi peas, and rice wine peanut vinaigrette ($8) safely to hungering mouths. As the night stretches on toward a 1 a.m. closing time, grilled pizzas ($7–$8) such as the loaded potato, topped with bacon, potatoes, monterey jack, and garlic oil, accompany a hearty list of martinis and wines set to grease tall tales of champion fish and game-show-winning sharks.
Smoke Lounge's historic two-story, all-brick building shelters a lounge of delectable eats, a bar boasting myriad libations, and a walk-in humidor lined with fine cigars ready for awaiting lighters. Prepuff, visitors nosh their way through plates of Italian eats including fried calamari tossed with hot peppers in champagne garlic-butter cream sauce ($9.95) or paninis stuffed with imported Parma prosciutto and homemade mozzarella ($9.95). A bevy of beverages, bottled beers, and liquors intermingles with after-dinner cigars, including stogies from such tobacco wranglers as Rocky Patel, Magna, and Arturo Fuente, easing visitors through smoky exhalations. Smoke Lounge's ventilation system captures smoke as soon as it leaves visiting lips, spiriting it out of the restaurant and into its new job as a mystery additive in '80s music videos.
The Bradford first opened its doors 30 years ago as a neighborhood convenience store, supplying the community with groceries, newspapers, and quick lunches of classic Italian-American cuisine. Although the aisles may have disappeared, The Bradford remains dedicated to cozy, homestyle comfort foods that draw inspiration from the Old as well as the New World.
Pasta dishes, oven-crisped pizzas, and pan-seared seafood entrees fill the menu of familiar-sounding meals. The restaurant's chefs import prosciutto and make everything from meatballs to pesto sauce in-house. Dedicated as it is to Italian flavors, The Bradford acknowledges the region's culinary character by incorporating ingredients such as locally grown produce.
The Bradford's ambiance embraces a similarly familiar vibe. Exposed brickwork and high-topped wooden tables create an inviting setting amid the earth-toned walls lined with framed artwork. Pendant lamps and ceiling fans dangle from the high ceilings, ensuring that the warm space remains well-lit and comfortable.