Finish Line Sports Bar
5300 N. Powerline Rd.
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It's never smart to drink and drive. Especially when the car is tiny and fast enough to require that you wear a helmet. But the folks at Finish Line Sports Bar are kind enough to make the decision for you: You will not drink and drive. And that's final. They even have a Breathalyzer on hand (which comes equipped with a law enforcement officer) to test you if they suspect you've got too much alcohol in your bloodstream. For the most part, though, everyone follows the rules. Finish Line is a huge bar inside the even huger indoor go-carting complex known as Xtreme Indoor Karting. Like most sports bars, this one offers booze, pool tables, punch-o-matics, darts, and plasma TVs tuned to ESPN. But what makes Finish Line unique is that NASCAR fans can imitate their favorite drivers on the half-mile track, then watch Junior, Jimmy, and Jeff pound the pavement onscreen. Doing a couple of laps at 40 or 45 mph can be pretty intoxicating in itself, never mind the full bar and the five-for-$10 domestic and five-for-$14 import buckets. Step off the track and onto the checkered-flag floor of Finish Line and you'll know it's time to rev down your engine and pound 'em back. The bar has been open for only a few months, and management is still working out some kinks — namely the credit-only purchasing/cash-only tipping issue. Monday is ladies night; they race and drink free from 7 to 11 p.m. Tuesday night caters to clientele from the service industry: 24 bucks buys them an eight-minute racing session, a game card, and a drink (wells and domestics). Friday through Sunday, it's buy one, get one free with the purchase of an eight-minute racing session.