Original paintings, photography, ceramics, jewelry and sculpture, along with handmade craft items make up the shopping portion of this event, while photos with Santa, artist demonstrations, holiday music and face painters (1 p.m.-4p.m.) provide the entertainment.
The Chase Club has a dimly lit atmosphere perfect for an after-work cocktail or refuge on a hot summer's day. Inside, a long bar seats about 20 people, and there are eight high-top tables. Behind the bar are six TVs and a huge big screen. In the foyer are several Internet-connected arcade games, including Silver Strike Bowling and Golden Tee Golf. Mondays, from 5 to 8 p.m., there's free golf, and since the games are online, you can play against people in faraway places. Walk to the back of the bar and they've got three new electronic dart boards and a touch-screen jukebox. The bar may be a tight fit when it's crowded, but the mirrored walls keep the place from feeling claustrophobic. And not only can you buy a drink, but purchase and smoke stogies as well. Overall, the club is Grade-A place to chill. But don't come too hungry; they only offer complimentary hors d'oeuvres daily.
Westchase's megapopular World of Beer is a sweet formula: 500 beers, ales, lambics and stouts from just about every corner of the globe, live music, a largely professional crowd and servers that know an Ayinger Brau-Weisse from a Weltenburger Hefe-Weizen Hell at a squint. The hophead's dream destination features a clean, snug indoor area, long bar, a VIP loft and an outdoor seating area, which is the only place smoking is permitted. In addition to beer and wine, both of which can consumed on location or purchased to go, the bar sells pretty good stogies, and you can order from a menu from nearby restaurant with free delivery, or bring your own food.
Maloney's does have a classic, Irish vibe. From the dark, polished wood tables flanked with Jameson barrels to the etched copper countertops adorned with the expressions "Éirinn go Brách" and "Céad míle fáilte" ("Ireland Forever" and "100,000 welcomes," respectively.)
Drink-wise, there's plenty to choose from. The beer selection doesn't take many chances, but it's not incredibly limited; there are a dozen beers on tap and at least that many in bottles. And if Scotch is your fancy, a nice Glenlivet display is up front, with the 12, 15 and 18-year varieties.