From the very best spots to grab a beer, to cool speakeasies, to a formidable cocktail scene—bar-goers have certainly taken notice of what Nebraska has to offer in terms of nightlife. So, whether it’s a hidden lounge or lively pub you seek, Nebraska has what you’re looking for with these 10 best bars in the state.
Krug Park located in the Benson neighborhood is a cozy pub that focuses on the drinks. From the beer to the Bloody Mary, each drink is crafted to perfection and it shows. It’s no wonder Krug Park has been included in Draft Magazine’s 100 best beer bars in America for three years in a row!
The Starlite Lounge in Lincoln is a mid-century modern lounge with comfortable seating, dim lighting, and creative cocktails. A visit to The Starlite Lounge is like a step back to simpler, swingin’ times!
Backaracks is a great local bar in Scottsbluff located in a former movie theater so there’s plenty of space for food, fun, and drinks. Enjoy darts or a game of pool and every sporting event you can imagine on the big screens.
The Zoo Bar is one of the best bars in the state to catch live music in a fun, friendly environment. Grab some friends and take a step into this classic club where famous acts such as Buddy Guy and Otis Rush once played.
This Omaha speakeasy tucked behind The Looking Glass is a fabulous place to grab drinks with friends or a date in an intimate setting. Dimly lit with velvety walls and fun decor, you’ll feel like you’ve been transported to another world full of amazing cocktails and flavorful whiskeys.
If you’re not looking carefully, you might miss it! The Other Room is located in a dimly lit alley in Lincoln and strict rules are in place to ensure a unique bar experience. No phones, loud voices, beer or wine are allowed. Only cash and delicious, intriguing cocktails!
For exceptional cocktails crafted by top-notch mixologists in a fun prohibition era atmosphere, The Berry & Rye is a must-visit. The lounge is famous for its experimental drinks, such as the Trinidad Smoke, made from Zaya rum and syrup created with S.G. Roy tobacco served smoking in a carafe.
Barrymore’s makes the list for having one of the coolest spaces for a bar in Lincoln. Located in the backstage area of the former Stuart Theatre, now The Rococo, Barrymore’s serves up a great selection of imported beers and cocktails in a very impressive setting.
The Beercade in Omaha is exactly what it sounds like—beer and an arcade in one! With a great selection of beers and tons of arcade games, Beercade is the perfect place to hang out for a couple of hours and enjoy an evening of friendly competition.
As the only official tiki bar in the state, Laka Lono in Omaha spared no expense when it came to decorating this bar to make you feel like you’re on a Caribbean Island right in Nebraska. Amazing cocktails and vibes make this bar a true destination!