Comedy clubs are typically just that: nothing but comedy, or, if it's that Larry The Cable Guy guy, nothing but not-comedy. Offering a more complete night out, the Arlington Improv & Fat Fish Blue
Grand opening this weekend, the new Improv brings everything you expect of the franchise, but also houses an open-daily Cajun bistro boasting a flat screen-happy full bar and, on weekends, dueling piano players; the New Orleans theme's fleshed out with a merrily imposing Louis Armstrong mural and free Mardi Gras beads, so a girl can let out her inner Satch-ho. The menu's by an ex-Palomino/Buca di Beppo chef, and offers both bar standbys (tenders, burgers, wings...) and Louisianan magic like fried green tomatoes (w/ collard greens/mobile relish/Cajun mayo), Mumbo Jambalaya, chicken/shrimp Fat Fish Fettuccine, and a Cajun-buttered 12oz strip called Bayou Beef -- also the name of an alarming magazine airboat operators claim to only read for the articles. The bar pours six drafts (Shiner/Guinness/Newcastle...), plus margs/hurricanes/daiquiris, while the 4-7pm Mon-Fri happy hour features half off all those, the same off apps, and a fat $5 burger/fries special your body will hopefully convert into a $5 foot-long.
Back to the comedy club: it's a warm, multi-tiered space with multimedia gear for biz parties, and is soundproofed so touring comedians don't wash out the pianists -- or, if Larry's onstage...ah, who cares, shouldn't you be somewhere else?