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.
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.
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.
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.
The enticing menu, which has been crafted by executive chef David Cardell and celebrity chef and cookbook author Joyce Goldstein, shines a culinary spotlight on the flavors of the Mediterranean Sea. Empty-bellied diners can chose from a variety of salads and mezze ($7–$25), as well as entrees of flatbreads, kebabs, tagines, pastas, seafood, and more ($12–$29). The Rhode Island little-neck-clam flatbread ($14) is lovingly saturated with basil pesto and topped with creamy grana padano cheese. Noodle fanatics can set their sights on the penne al forno alla Bolognese ($15), which is oven-baked with meat sauce and topped with fresh parmesan. Protein-craving masticators can hang a fang on the grilled rib-eye steak ($29), topped with porcini butter and served with steamy parmesan-garlic fries that handily lend themselves to table Jenga.
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.