There’s no shortage of live entertainment in Branson, but when the footlights turn dark in the big theaters there’s still fun to be had. At Big Whiskey's American Restaurant & Bar , 301 Branson Landing Blvd., you can watch your favorite sport on more than 25 HDTVs inside or on the outdoor patio. Quench your thirst with more than 100 whiskeys and whiskey flights as well as cocktails highlighting the flavors of the season. On Sunday Funday, some 20 draft beers on tap perfectly compliment the wing specials. Happy hour is popular with the locals; Steak Night features a savings on steak Thursday evenings. A variety of chicken, pasta, seafood, hand-cut steaks, and street tacos and quesadillas make ordering your meal as difficult as choosing your beverage. Phone (417) 334-4478.
The Outback Pub , 1922 SR 76W, offers a two-fer nighttime experience with a pub party deck upstairs and a “Down Under” section that offers billiards and the popular NTN trivia. Monday is open mic night; Thursdays feature karaoke. Happy hour is daily 4-7 p.m., with a choice of more than 100 beers and beverages. Phone (417) 334-7003.
AAA’s in-person hotel evaluations are unscheduled to ensure the inspector has an experience similar to that of members. To pass inspection, all hotels must meet the same rigorous standards for cleanliness, comfort and hospitality. These hotels receive a AAA Diamond designation that tells members what type of experience to expect.
The Branson/Lakes area levies general retail sales, tourism sales and food and beverage sales taxes based on three different jurisdictions: Branson Landing/downtown, citywide and Branson Hills. General retail sales taxes range from 8.6 to 9.6 percent; sales that include a tourism sales tax range from 11.6 to 12.6 percent; food and beverage sales taxes range from 8.975 to 9.975 percent.
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Skaggs Regional Medical Center, (417) 335-7000; CoxHealth Cox North (Springfield, Mo.), (417) 269-3000; CoxHealth Cox South (Springfield, Mo.), (417) 269-6000; Mercy Hospital (Springfield, Mo.), (417) 820-2000.
269 SR 248 Branson, MO 65615. Phone:(417)334-4084 or (800)214-3661
(BKG), 1 mile south of the Hollister exit off US 65, east on Branson Creek Boulevard, then following signs to 4000 Branson Airport Blvd., is served by Buzz Airways and Frontier and handles commercial and general aviation; phone (417) 334-7813.
Hertz, which only operates out of Springfield-Branson National Airport, offers discounts to AAA members; phone (417) 597-5313, (800) 654-3131 or (800) 654-3080. Rental cars are available at Branson Airport.
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Cab companies include Jerry’s Shuttle, (417) 348-1419; and Checker Cab, City Cabs and Yellow Cab, all of which can be reached at (417) 332-2227 (Branson Cab Service).
Unless you're part of a motor coach tour, getting around Branson is much easier if you have your own vehicle. One convenient alternative to driving is a free ride aboard the Downtown Trolley. The red-and-gold, hop-on and hop-off trolley makes 12 stops in the historic downtown area, including two stops at Branson Landing. It operates daily 9-6, Mar.-Dec.; closed Thanksgiving and Christmas. Trolley maps are available at downtown retail locations and at the Downtown Branson Betterment Association, 112 W. College St.; phone (417) 334-1548 or (866) 523-1190.