A gleaming wood bar reflects the rows of spirits lining the shelves as well as the eyes of pool players, which dart in a calculated fashion across the emerald felt. At Bel Air Billiards Sports Pub, colorful spheres clatter and roll across eleven tables, which include 7-foot bar-box units and 9-foot Olhausen models. Tucked away from the smooth trajectory of cues and the wild arm gestures of dishonest fishermen, a scattering of tables boosts patrons as they sip beers by the glass or bottle and nosh on sandwiches and other finger foods. From the kitchen, one can hear hot oil crackling in applause as wings leap beneath shelves brimming with Old Bay and more than 20 spicy, barbeque, and mustard-based sauces. Ten high-definition plasma televisions situated around the perimeter flicker with images from live sports or public apologies to knocked-over hurdles, and karaoke nights flesh out the chatter with raucous choruses.
Exposed beams, ecto-cooler-hued walls, and colorful seating give the bar a cool, futuristic, Ghostbusters'-day-off feel. Filling the industrial-looking interior are three full bars, eliminating waiting times. While sipping on bottled beers ($4–$6) or a glass of wine ($5–$7), take on a friend at one of six shuffleboard tables, seven pool tables, or six dartboards. Rocket Bar also boasts 14 draft selections ($4–$6), rail drinks ($5), and call liquors ($6.50), which provide enough throat lubrication to sing along with one of the two jukeboxes. Apply the value during happy hour (4 p.m. to 7 p.m.) to take advantage of reduced rates and specials, including $4 glasses of wine, draft of the month, rail drinks, and champagne. Challenge your neighborhood to dart games, host a Bastille Day party, or watch the game on one of 17 HDTVs.
Located just east of its namesake building, Capitol Lounge welcomes residents, visitors, and sports fans to its three politically minded barrooms and offers a menu of casual pub fare and a list of more than 75 beers. Upon entering the basement, the warm browns and leather textures of the Losers Lounge invite visitors into its chic and windowless expanses amid exposed brick and leather booths. The clink of balls on pool tables entertains players between sports plays on TV or before bites of classic wings tossed in house hot sauce.
Upon entering the Nixon Room, patrons are immediately ensconced in vintage decor, including bar-style dining seating, framed magazine covers of the former president, and an antique cigarette machine. For a bar experience with the feel of a neighborhood gathering place, guests step inside the Kennedy Room, with its wood-paneled ceiling that arcs atop crowds as flat-screen TVs pipe in sports and bartenders mix up cocktails and pour glasses of wine. Two covered outdoor patios also welcome visitors in the spring and summer.
Amid colorful, vintage decorations recalling nightclubs of the '50s, '60s, and '70s, patrons can dust off neglected strategy muscles with the help of six competition-size pool tables, four shuffleboard tables, darts, and a ping-pong table. A full menu manifests a variety of finger and fork fare, beginning with fried dill pickles ($6.95) and toasted bubble bread soaked in creamy garlic, melted mozzarella, and gorgonzola ($7.95). A fajita basket comes sizzling with two soft tortilla shells, choice of grilled strips of steak, chicken, portobella mushroom, or shrimp, sauteed onions, shredded cheese, lettuce, pico de gallo, and sour cream ($9.95, shrimp $11.95), and the buffalo chicken salad showcases a mélange of grilled bird, veggies and zesty wing sauce that's as spicy and delicious as it is willing to listen to you retell and interpret your dreams. The lounge's late-night menu of fried calamari, chicken tenders, and more is served until 2 a.m.
Robbies Billiards has specialized in game-room layout and furniture for more than 50 years, carrying brands such as Brunswick, Olhausen, and Legacy. Robbies supplies straight shooters with sturdy pool-room playthings, including pool tables with durable slate surfaces, which are less likely to warp or stretch with age than tables made out of cardboard. Swedish Fish stashes can be concealed in the hidden bucket pockets of Destroyer 7-foot pool tables ($1,499), which encase gummy guppies in sleek, modern PVC laminate. Billiard boppers can also sink eight balls into leather shield pockets in Radley 8-foot pool tables ($1,699), which are available in four finishes and feature solid-hardwood feet decorated with ram's-head carvings that stay stubbornly still even in the face of barking sheepdogs.
At Gettysburg Family Amusement Complex, Go-karts race around a circular track or hug the twists and turns of a grand prix–style course. Lasers zip throughout a 4,000-square-foot black-lit laser-tag arena, and blips and bleeps sound from an arcade complete with a flight simulator and potpourri of video and redemption games. Towering windmills don't obstruct holes in one on Gettysburg Family Amusement Complex's two 18-hole miniature golf courses. Instead, babbling brooks and verdant trees surround natural obstacles such as sharp turns and rock patterns. Mini golf is one of many attractions encompassed on the year-round fun park.