According to Maslow's hierarchy of needs, humans cannot attain self-actualization without first tending to such basic physiological needs as water, sleep, and crab cakes. Achieve overall fulfillment with today's Groupon: for $12, you get $25 worth of pub fare at RJ’s Sports Pub & Restaurant in Newport News.
Major league sports play out on 19 televisions as RJ’s slings a menu of hearty pub fare. The sound of billiard balls clacking on seven green-felt pool tables harmonizes with the crunch of the Mile High nachos buried beneath a mountain of cheese, pico de gallo, and a choice of beer-braised pot roast or salsa chicken ($9.99). Crab-cake sliders come with a smattering of fresh tartar sauce ($8.99), and a selection of full-size burgers ($7.99) sates more robust appetites with options such as a loaded cheeseburger stuffed with american cheese or the Diablo burger, which enflames taste buds with jalapeños, cayenne pepper, spicy ranch, and zero remorse. Imbued with a flavorful medley of beer, vegetables, and beef stock, RJ’s beer-braised pot roast pairs up with garlic bread as an entree ($8.99) or mingles with fresh tomatoes, spanish spices, and chili sauce in the full-bodied pot-roast chili ($5.99).
One of the oldest sports bars on the Peninsula, RJ’s entertains fans during midseason slumps or players’ midgame naptime with a slate of nightly entertainment. Hoedown to country music from DJ Country Dave on Wednesday, or practice poker faces during Thursday and Sunday Texas Hold‘em poker tournaments with no buy-in. Public pipers can project to the back of the room with karaoke Saturday and Monday. Live local music fills the pub on Friday, and Tuesday's "Old School Music Night" spins the hits of yesteryear, providing a sonic backdrop for patrons to twist, lindy hop, or tap dance.