The smooth, wooden surfaces of sports bars provide the ideal canvases for ultra-competitive tic-tac-toe tournaments and mustard-scrawled March Madness brackets. Etch your bets into oak with today's Groupon: for $10, you get $20 worth of American fare and drinks at the newly renovated Metropolis Bar & Grill in Hoffman Estates.
Metropolis Bar & Grill's eclectic menu garnishes grins with a cosmopolitan hodgepodge of burgers, pizzas, Tex-Mex fare, and barbecue. Toppings such as pepperoni and giardiniera smother saucy pizza crusts, and a Veggie Lovers pizza nourishes gastro-gardens with produce such as red peppers, onions, garlic, and tomatoes ($17.95). The root-beer barbecue pulled-pork sandwich simmers its pork tenderloin stuffing in root beer and barbecue sauce before nestling it under a blanket of provolone ($7.95). Rebels imbibe in the Troublemaker, a juicy beef patty piled with bacon, cheddar, and a fried egg, lurking inside a salty pretzel bun ($8.95). An extensive list of other burger options include those infused with blue cheese, Tex-Mex spice, and Samuel Adams brew.
Amateur crooners crowd Metropolis's stage on karaoke Thursdays, and pros take to the turntables every Saturday to fill its newly renovated spaces with up-tempo tunes. Booths boast their own TVs and plush black benches that buoy bevies of diners. Outside, craft brews waft among amicable conversation on the patio.