By Brigitt Hauck for TravelsinTaste..

Why not invest in some dinner? You can do that -- literally -- at some restaurants recently scouted by

The first market bet you'd likely make was for one of these eateries to be in New York, and that's a bet that would pay off. The Exchange Bar and Grill leads the select group of eateries where food and drink prices are determined by market demand. At this Third Avenue spot you even watch an electronic ticker instead of reading menus to see prices at the moment you order.

"Menu items that are popular and frequently ordered have higher prices, while those that are less popular have prices set on the lower end to make them more enticing," the InventorSpot website explains. "If there are a limited number of people ordering the bulk of menu items, they will lower prices until there is greater appeal."

Chicago's Bull & Bear restaurant offers a clever take on finance and sports, as well as pay-by-the-ounce beer taps so diners can pour their own fill.

Drinks and eats fluctuate at 25-cent increments within $2 of the item's median cost. So while a pint of beer may cost $6, guests can expect to pay anywhere from a low of $4 to a high of $8 for their brew, depending on popularity.

Every once in awhile, a shrill bell sounds and the staff announces "The market is crashing!" Unlike the real deal, though a market crash here shouldn't cause alarm -- it means all drinks are priced at just $2 to $4. The Exchange Bar and Grill just might be the only place where it's OK to celebrate a market crash.

The Exchange Bar and Grill was opened in April by friends Levent Cakar, an economist with experience in the food industry, and Damon Bae, a former trader and real estate mogul. The menu includes bar items such as fried calamari and hot wings as well as entrees such as salads, pastas and meat.

While this might sound a bit gimmicky, the Exchange's good deals, upscale atmosphere and tasty food have kept people coming back for more. The lounge features exposed brick, antique mirrors, trendy chandeliers, custom leather chairs, flat-screen TVs and, of course, that 35-foot red ticker tape above the bar.

Diners turned traders on the West Coast can enjoy a stock market-themed atmosphere every night until 8 p.m. at The Tipsy Crow, an upscale pub in one of downtown San Diego's most historic buildings.

At The Tipsy Crow trading gets a bit more complex than simple supply and demand. If the price of a popular cocktail flashes on the ticker at an all-time low, diners can head over to the "Futures Market Kiosk." There, the bartender will pre-sell unlimited drink coupons for that cocktail, redeemable during future visits to the eatery.

It's not just fun and games at The Tipsy Crow. The intriguing menu boasts seven types of gourmet grilled cheese sandwiches, each served with sides of creamy blue cheese fondue and tomato-basil bisque. Other options, such as crue de ta and jumbo soft pretzels served with blue cheese fondue and Dijon mustard, are also available.

The classic decor, quality cocktails, tasty bites and frenzied, guest-driven happy hour make this locale one of the most notable in the city.

While those on the third coast won't be playing the market while eating dinner, Bull & Bear offers the Windy City a similarly themed alternative. At this upscale sports bar, which gets its name from two of Chicago's most prominent sports teams (and hints at the bar's stock market theme), you can keep an eye on the game and the stocks. In addition to six 60-inch LCD flat-screen TVs, the North Wells Street eatery features a 50-foot ticker displaying sports scores and stocks above the main bar.

While the menus, aptly named "The Wells Street Journal" (for food) and "Liquid Assets" (for drinks), boast items such as a gruyere-topped Kobe burger and lobster club sandwich, the spot's coolest feature is, perhaps, the premium booths. Each table seats eight to 15 people and sports two built-in pay-by-the-ounce beer taps so diners can pour their own.

In Las Vegas, the ability to literally legally bet has apparently driven interest in investing right out of the market. Lagasse's Stadium, the king of sports bars, combines Emeril Lagasse's renowned cuisine with the exhilaration of betting on virtually any game available for viewing. With more than 100 high-definition TVs scattered around the luxury boxes, stadium-style seating, sports betting stations, billiards tables and other casino-style games, there's no shortage of action.

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