Like the athletic events that inspire them, sports bars feature a satisfying mixture of entertainment, comradery, and adrenaline-fueled snacking. Compete in this traditional triathlon with today’s Groupon: for $15, you get $30 worth of American pub fare and drinks at Fifth Avenue in Royal Oak, open daily until 2 a.m.
Fifth Avenue delights rabid sports fans and neutral noshers alike with a late-night menu of classic pub fare, brews, and entertainment. Thirty-five flat-screen televisions stimulate optic and otic synapses with a lively stream of sport spectatorship, while hardworking cooks toss, toast, and top house specialty V.I.Pizzas ($10–$13) and assemble 3-D edibles into the wee hour of 2 a.m. Pique appetites under the tutelage of cheese-gilded nacho platters ($7), or pit dueling bread stix and cheese stix ($6 each) against each other in oral arenas. Competitive canines sink luxuriously into cheeseburgers ($7) or caesar salads ($5), while New York–style cheesecake ($5) and globes of vanilla-flecked ice cream ($2.50) tuck sweet teeth into sugar-kissed slumbers.
Fifth Avenue’s exposed brick walls bracket double-story bars and cast a cozy spell over a bubbling rotation of 20 draft beers ($4–$6/23 oz.) and their loyal entourages of bottled brews, wine ($5), and liquor ($5–$8). Beat restless feet against wooden floors in a postprandial victory dance, or embark on a quest for the magic 8-ball atop velvety, full-sized pool tables.