Monsterland Bar & Grill: Drag Me to Hell
Amid Monsterland's castle-walled interior, there are a few cool sights -- mostly movie props and replicas of skeletons, werewolves, and classic fright-fest icons. But given their inclusion in a large room that wants to be both a night club and a restaurant, hounds of hell sit near a cheery indoor/outdoor patio area and children with painted monster faces sit (waaaaay) too close to stripper poles. Add those goodies and the don't-care fare to a bare-bones "VIP" room with a street view of downtown Mesa, and you've got yourself one hell of a freak fest of the straight-to-DVD variety.
Sadly, Monsterland Bar & Grill seems like an afterthought. Clearly, its owners are putting more effort into this fall's opening of its basement haunted house and less into its restaurant and nightclub angles. And that doesn't make Monsterland Bar & Grill exciting at all. It makes it boring.
Monsterland's "VIP" area.
Utilizing a seasonally noted property year round seemingly makes good business sense. Here's hoping Monsterland can scare up some good eats in a hurry.