Clattering pins don't just echo across the half-century-old lanes of Woodmere Lanes during traditional open-bowl hours, but also during unique late-night events on weekend evenings. On Fridays, infectious tunes pulse from speakers to underscore X-Treme Bowling events that don't just tolerate post-strike break dances, they encourage them. Midnight Marathons on Saturday nights, otherwise, pit players against each other in a pin-crushing race for cash prizes. Tasty snacks and frothy suds from the concession stand are available all week, when players can cheer on their favorite adult or junior league.
The entire teaching staff at Dance Express holds dance degrees from accredited universities, enabling the team to teach classes for kids and adults in a diverse array of styles. Lessons range from ballet and tap dance to more contemporary styles such as hip-hop and break dancing. In addition to the studio's group and private lessons, kids' birthday parties combine jewelry-making, face-painting, and magic tricks with meals of pizza or bagels.
Liquid Bar & Lounge’s menu of small plates puts a tropical twist on classic pub fare. Duos or quartets can sip on a revolving daily soup, such as pumpkin (Tuesdays) or pepperpot (Mondays), or weigh down flighty tummies with wings slathered in buffalo, barbecue, garlic-parmesan, jerk, spicy, or chipotle sauce. A cadre of island-influenced fare includes conch fritters, fried calamari with cherry jalapeño, and shrimp riding a wave of guacamole on a corn-chip surfboard. Once small plates have sated their stomachs’ appetite for savories, diners can break promises to the tooth fairy with desserts such as bread pudding drenched in rum sauce, sweet spanish fritters, or slabs of red-velvet cake.
Phat Daddy's Irish Pub stays true to its role as an American take on an Irish pub. There's a great selection of beer and signature drinks, and all dishes on the menu are created in the comfort kitchen?an apt name, considering the selections. From creamy tomato soup paired with crispy bacon and cheese toast to pulled-pork tacos and corned-beef sandwiches, every dish makes homestyle comfort and taste its top priority. If there's any room left, guests can also indulge in fun desserts, such as the Phat MO FO brownie sundae or a deep-fried Snickers or Three Musketeers bar, complete with powdered sugar, caramel, hot fudge and ice cream.
On Sunday at Cannon's Blackthorn, a fluid collective of flutists, drummers, and fiddlers gather around brick fireplaces and play traditional Irish music through the afternoon. They welcome all musicians into their circle, as well as the occasional Irish dancers, whose footfalls reverberate off the dining room's stone floors and wood walls. Though Sundays provide the liveliest display of Irish pride at Cannon's Blackthorn, the eatery celebrates Irish culture in more subtle ways throughout the week. Dining companions can settle into private enclaves to share a romantic dinner and whisper sweet nutritional facts into one another's ears before noshing on hearty meat stews and pot pies. Additionally, bartenders pour brews until 4 a.m. seven nights a week.