Like a classic work of Victorian literature, a trip to the bar often begins with an introduction to colorful characters and ends with the revelation that everyone in the room is related to each other. Continue an age-old struggle with today's Groupon: for $10, you get $20 worth of pub fare and drinks at Rum Runner Lounge & Eatery.
The imbibing buccaneers of Rum Runner Lounge & Eatery slake their guests' hunger with a menu of pub favorites and a menagerie of mixed drinks. Half-pound cheeseburgers ($7.25) roll from the grill and onto waiting plates, and nautical noshers stab at whale-size Prime Choice rib-eye steaks big enough to fill all three of the human body's stomachs ($17.75). Four pieces of the Captain's Favorite Broasted Chicken ($9.25) rest upon similarly broasted potatoes and expertly uncooked coleslaw. A brick-walled hearth surrounded by leather chairs warms visitors as they sip on the bar's signature Rum Runner ($6), a cocktail mixed with Bacardi Select rum from a secret recipe that only one easily hypnotizable bartender knows.
The gleam of flat-screen televisions filters through glasses of beer and specialty mixed drinks, which thirsty throngs can gulp amid the glow of a Golden Tee machine and the reverberating clack of pool balls. Amateur song-stylers can step onto the stage on Thursday night for karaoke, or wave their hands in the air with only a modicum of care as bands perform live music on Friday and Saturday.