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Best of Omaha Nightlife and Play

Best Bar for an Internet Date 

  • Reader’s Choice Best of the Big O: Edge of the Universe 
  • Reader’s Choice: Flying Timber Axe Throwing, The Village Bar, Beercade 
  • Reader’s Recommend: LOCAL Beer, Patio and Kitchen, Tiny House Bar, WestEnd, Homy Inn, Nite Owl, The Down Under Lounge 
  • Reader’s Refer: North Shore Tavern, Stocks n Bonds, Winchester Bar & Grill 

Best Bar for Beer Selection 

  • Reader’s Choice Best of the Big O: Crescent Moon, LOCAL Beer, Patio and Kitchen, Rathskeller Bier Haus 

Best Bar for Conversation 

  • Reader’s Choice Best of the Big O: Mr. Toad’s Pub 
  • Reader’s Choice: The Berry & Rye, Edge of the Universe 

Best Bar for Craft Cocktails 

  • Reader’s Choice Best of the Big O: The Berry & Rye 
  • Reader’s Choice: Edge of the Universe, Red Lion Lounge, Tiny House Bar, WestEnd  

Best Bar with Live Music  

  • Reader’s Choice Best of the Big O: The Waiting Room Lounge 
  • Reader’s Choice: The Down Under Lounge 
  • Reader’s Recommend: The Omaha Lounge 
  • Reader’s Refer: Rathskeller Bier Haus, Site-1 Brewing, The Slowdown, The Berkley  

Best Bartenders Are At… 

  • Reader’s Choice Best of the Big O: Winchester Bar & Grill  
  • Reader’s Choice: Krug Park, Edge of the Universe 
  • Reader’s Recommend: Big Red Restaurant And Sports Bar / Big Red Keno, M’s Pub, The Down Under Lounge, The Tavern 
  • Reader’s Refer: The Berry & Rye, Addy’s Sports Bar & Grill, The Corner Kick Cantina, Dundee’s Place Bar & Grill, Stocks n Bonds, The Trap Room, WestEnd 

Best Brewpub 

  • Reader’s Choice Best of the Big O: Upstream Brewing Company 
  • Reader’s Choice: Crescent Moon, The Benson Brewery, Brickway Brewery & Distillery, Site-1 Brewing
  • Reader’s Recommend: Farnam House Brewing Company, The Jaipur Brewing Company and Restaurant  

Best Casino 

  • Reader’s Choice Best of the Big O: Horseshoe Council Bluffs  
  • Reader’s Choice: Ameristar, Harrah’s, Prairie Flower Casino 

Best Cigar Bar 

  • Reader’s Choice Best of the Big O: Jake’s Cigars & Spirits 
  • Reader’s Choice: Copacabana Cocktail Lounge, Havana Garage- Cigar Lounge 
  • Reader’s Refer: Nickleby’s Smoke Ring 

Best Cocktail Lounge 

  • Reader’s Choice Best of the Big O: The Berry & Rye 
  • Reader’s Choice: Laka Lono Rum Club, Holiday Lounge, Interlude Lounge, WestEnd 
  • Reader’s Refer: Green Onion Lounge, Edge of the Universe, Wicked Rabbit 

Best Concert Venue 

  • Reader’s Choice Best of the Big O: The Slowdown 
  • Reader’s Choice: Stir Cove, The Waiting Room Lounge 
  • Reader’s Recommend: Omaha Performing Arts, Sokol Auditorium and Underground 

Best Dance Club 

  • Reader’s Choice Best of the Big O: The Max 
  • Reader’s Choice: Bushwackers Saloon & Dance Hall 
  • Reader’s Recommend: Ozone Lounge 
  • Reader’s Refer: Bar 415 

Best Driving Range 

  • Reader’s Choice Best of the Big O: Topgolf 
  • Reader’s Choice: Milt’s Golf Center 
  • Reader’s Recommend: Stone Creek Golf Course 
  • Reader’s Refer: Indian Creek Golf Club 

Best Golf Course 

  • Reader’s Choice Best of the Big O: Tiburon Golf Club 
  • Reader’s Choice: Indian Creek Golf Club, Field Club of Omaha, Inc. 
  • Reader’s Recommend: Quarry Oaks Golf Club, Bent Tree Golf Club 
  • Reader’s Refer: Benson Championship Golf Course 

Best Happy Hour Bar 

  • Reader’s Choice Best of the Big O: Blue Sushi Sake Grill 
  • Reader’s Choice: The Village Bar, Barrett’s Barleycorn Pub & Grill, Edge of the Universe 
  • Reader’s Recommend: Charlie’s on the Lake, Alderman’s Bar, Hiro 88 
  • Reader’s Refer: The Down Under Lounge, The Tavern, Dundee’s Place Bar and Grill, Winchester Bar & Grill 

Best Movie Theater 

  • Reader’s Choice Best of the Big O: Aksarben Cinema 
  • Reader’s Choice: Alamo Drafthouse Cinema Midtown, Marcus Majestic Cinema of Omaha, AMC Oakview Plaza 24, Film Streams’ Dundee Theater
  • Reader’s Recommend: Film Streams’ Dundee Theater 
  • Reader’s Refer: AMC Oakview Plaza 24, Alamo Drafthouse Cinema La Vista 

Best Neighborhood Tavern 

  • Reader’s Choice Best of the Big O: The Village Bar    
  • Reader’s Choice: Winchester Bar & Grill, Crescent Moon, Homy Inn, Leavenworth Bar  
  • Reader’s Recommend: Vis Major Brewing Co., Krug Park 
  • Reader’s Refer: Perry’s Place, The Down Under Lounge, Alderman’s Bar, Barley’s Bar & Grill, The Bull Moose, Dundee’s Place Bar and Grill, Jammer’s Pub, KoZee Lounge, North Shore Tavern, The Nifty Bar 

Best New Bar 

  • Reader’s Choice Best of the Big O: Edge of the Universe 
  • Reader’s Choice: Tiny House Bar, The Bull Moose  
  • Reader’s Recommend: Sickies Garage Burgers & Brews 

Best Patio at a Bar 

  • Reader’s Choice Best of the Big O: Mr. Toad’s Pub 
  • Reader’s Choice: 1912 Benson, Charlie’s on the Lake 
  • Reader’s Recommend: Blatt Beer & Table, The Trap Room, WestEnd, Bärchen Beer Garden, Brownie’s Watering Hole 
  • Reader’s Refer: O’Leaver’s Pub, Sullivan’s Bar, The Down Under Lounge, The Tavern, Brownie’s Bar & Grill, Monolithic Brewing, Rathskeller Bier Haus, Winchester Bar & Grill 

Best Retail Wine Selection 

  • Reader’s Choice Best of the Big O: Spirit World   
  • Reader’s Choice: Trader Joe’s, Whole Foods Market      
  • Reader’s Recommend: La Buvette Wine & Grocery, Vino Mas 
  • Reader’s Refer: Howard Street Wine Merchant, Wine, Beer, and Spirits, Hy-Vee (Marketing)- Hy-Vee was nominated, Marks Pantry and Bottle Shop 

Best Sand Volleyball 

  • Reader’s Choice Best of the Big O: Winchester Bar & Grill 
  • Reader’s Choice: O’Leaver’s Pub, The MARK, Big Red Restaurant & Sports Bar/ Big Red Keno

Best Sports Bar 

  • Reader’s Choice Best of the Big O: DJ’s Dugout Sports Bar 
  • Reader’s Choice: Addy’s Sports Bar & Grill, The Good Life Sports Bar & Grill, Tanner’s Bar & Grill 
  • Reader’s Recommend: Big Red Restaurant and Sports Bar / Big Red Keno, Ice House Sports Bar  
  • Reader’s Refer: Lefty O’Toole’s, Ref’s Sports Bar & Grill, Lighthouse Bar & Grill, Pauli’s Lounge 

Best Throwing Axe Place 

  • Reader’s Choice Best of the Big O: Flying Timber Axe Throwing 

Best Wine Shop 

  • Reader’s Choice Best of the Big O: Spirit World 
  • Reader’s Choice: La Buvette Wine & Grocery, Twisted Vine, Vino Mas 
  • Reader’s Refer: Marks Pantry and Bottle Shop 

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