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Not just a sports fan's ultimate fantasy, thanks to more than 100 TVs and a few 10-foot HD projection screens, Joe's is also a place to check out concerts by the likes of Rick Springfield, Rascal Flatts and David Allan Coe. Satellites beam in Big 10, SEC and ACC games, and several college alumni clubs call this sprawling venue home on game days. In the front room, industrial decor melds with a sports bar sensibility: You're immediately taken aback by the wall of TVs above the 40-foot steel bar. Massive curved booths and tables are conducive to a social, playful atmosphere. Venture to the Red Room, where red velvet drapes can be drawn to accommodate private parties and events; the space features its own bar and lounge seating. But most of the venue is dedicated to the stage and standing-room-only concert venue, complete with multiple bars. The lofted VIP section looks over the action and makes fans feel a part of the rock 'n' roll scene since the lounge is located right by the band's dressing rooms. Not enough for you? The courtyard patio is a popular spot in warmer months.