Best Nightlife and Play 2020

From our nationally famous zoo to the city's best kept secrets, fun times abound in Omaha


 

Nominations & Final Voting

Based entirely on community participation, Omaha businesses are nominated as the best in their industry at TheReader.com, starting in January, running through the end of March, a month later than normal. Tens of thousands of nominations inform the top nominees in each category to appear on the final ballot, which ran from April to the end of May. Stringent procedures help insure one-person, one-vote and to minimize vote-buying. An independent accounting firm Hancock & Dana, one of Omaha’s oldest, counts final votes to tabulate the awards.

Winners

This list represents what Omaha locals and Reader readers love — businesses that are the best at what they do. With deep thanks to everyone in the community that participated, we congratulate this amazing list of awardees!

Best Nightlife & Play

Best Bar for an Internet Date

Readers’ Choice Best of the Big O: Beercade

Readers’ Choice: Ozone Lounge, Liv Lounge

Readers Refer: Bushwacker’s Saloon & Dance Hall, Jerry’s Bar

Best Bar for Beer Selection

Readers’ Choice Best of the Big O: Crescent Moon

Readers’ Choice: LOCAL Beer, Patio and Kitchen, Omaha Tap House, Blatt Beer & Table, Old Chicago Pizza and Taproom

Readers Recommend: Krug Park

Readers Refer: California Bar, Barchen Beer Garden

Best Bar for Conversation

Readers’ Choice Best of the Big O: Mr. Toad’s Pub

Readers’ Choice: Office West Lounge, Pageturners Lounge, Flixx, Homy Inn, 1912

Readers Recommend: The Caddy Shack Sports Bar & Grill, Jerry’s Bar

Readers Refer: Mercury

Best Bar for Craft Cocktails

Readers’ Choice Best of the Big O: Wicked Rabbit

Readers’ Choice: Herbe Sainte, Mercury, Nite Owl

Readers Recommend: The Berry & Rye, Jerry’s Bar

 Best Bar for Hiding Out

Readers’ Choice Best of the Big O: Brothers Lounge

Readers’ Choice: California Bar

Readers Recommend: Bud Olson’s Bar, Jerry’s Bar, Rick’s Drift Inn

Readers Refer: Bushwacker’s Saloon & Dance Hall, Village Bar

Best Bar for Spirits Selection

Readers’ Choice Best of the Big O: Dundee Dell

Readers’ Choice: Library Pub, Herbe Sainte, Proof

Readers Recommend: Grane

Best Bar with Live Music

Readers’ Choice Best of the Big O: The Waiting Room Lounge

Readers’ Choice: Ozone Lounge, Buck’s Bar and Grill

Readers Refer: The Down Under Lounge, Harney Street Tavern, Bushwacker’s Saloon & Dance Hall, The B-Room

Best Casino

Readers’ Choice Best of the Big O: Horseshoe Council Bluffs, Ameristar

Readers’ Choice: Prairie Flower Casino

Readers Recommend: Harrah’s

Best Cigar Bar

Readers’ Choice Best of the Big O: Jake’s Cigars & Spirits

Readers’ Choice: Havana Garage, Safari Cigars and Lounge, Copacabana Cocktail Lounge

 Best Concert Venue

Readers’ Choice Best of the Big O: Stir Cove

Readers’ Choice: Sokol Auditorium, The Slowdown

Readers Recommend: The Jewell

Readers Refer: The Lookout Lounge

Best Dance Club

Readers’ Choice Best of the Big O: The Max

Readers’ Choice: Ozone Lounge

Readers Recommend: Bar 415, Bushwacker’s Saloon & Dance Hall

Best DJ Service

Readers’ Choice Best of the Big O: Jack’s Entertainment

Readers’ Choice: Bryan Hill Entertainment Inc.

Readers Recommend: Gman Entertainment, A Lasting Impression DJ

Readers Refer: Supafly Promotions – Omaha DJ Services, Complete Weddings + Events

Best Golf Course

Readers’ Choice Best of the Big O: Tiburon Golf Club

Readers’ Choice: Quarry Oaks Golf Club, Indian Creek

Readers Recommend: Lavista Falls, Bent Tree Golf Club

Readers Refer: Johnny Goodman Golf Course

Best Happy Hour Bar

Readers’ Choice Best of the Big O: Barrett’s Barleycorn Pub & Grill

Readers’ Choice: Lighthouse Bar & Grill, Kona Grill, Red Lion Lounge

Readers Recommend: Jimi D’s, WestEnd Cocktails and Appetizers, California Bar, Jerry’s Bar

Readers Refer: The Village Bar

Best Karaoke Bar

Readers’ Choice Best of the Big O: Moe & Curly’s Pub

Readers’ Choice: Reno’s Karaoke, California Bar, Alderman’s Bar, Cove Lounge & Grille

Readers Refer: Crossbones Bar

Best Movie Theater

Readers’ Choice Best of the Big O: Marcus Majestic Cinema Omaha

Readers’ Choice: Marcus Twin Creek, AMC Oakview Plaza 24, Aksarben Cinema, Alamo Drafthouse Cinema La Vista, Film Streams’ Dundee Theater

Readers Recommend: Alamo Drafthouse Cinema Midtown

Best Neighborhood Tavern

Readers’ Choice Best of the Big O: Homy Inn

Readers’ Choice: Elbow Room, The Village Bar Ralston

Readers Recommend: California Bar, Jerry’s Bar, Tanner’s Bar & Grill

Readers Refer: WestEnd Cocktails and Appetizers, South Omaha’s Finest Tequila Garage

Best Patio at a Bar

Readers’ Choice Best of the Big O: Mr. Toad’s Pub

Readers’ Choice: O’Leaver’s Pub, California Bar, Barrett’s Barleycorn Pub & Grill

Readers Recommend: Ref’s Sports Bar & Grill, WestEnd Cocktails and Appetizers, Crossbones Bar, Jerry’s Bar

Readers Refer: Barchen Beer Garden

Best Sand Volleyball

Readers’ Choice Best of the Big O: Winchester Bar & Grill

Readers’ Choice: Big Red Keno, O’Leaver’s Pub

Readers Recommend: Barrett’s Barleycorn Pub & Grill

Readers Refer: The MARK

Best Shopping District/Mall

Readers’ Choice Best of the Big O: Nebraska Crossing Outlets, Old Market

Readers’ Choice: Westroads Mall, Downtown Ralston

Readers Recommend: Village Pointe

Readers Refer: Shadow Lake Towne Center, Rockbrook Village

Best Sports Bar

Readers’ Choice Best of the Big O: DJ’s Dugout Sports Bar

Readers’ Choice: Tanner’s Bar & Grill, Icehouse Sports Bar, Varsity Sports Cafe & Roman Coin Pizza

Readers Recommend: The Caddy Shack Sports Bar & Grill, Phoenix Food & Spirits

Readers Refer: Ref’s Sports Bar & Grill

Best Tourist Attractions

Readers’ Choice Best of the Big O: Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium

Readers’ Choice: The Old Market, Lauritzen Gardens

Readers Recommend: Omaha Summer Arts Festival

Best Wine Shop

Readers’ Choice Best of the Big O: Twisted Vine

Readers’ Choice: Spirit World, La Buvette Wine & Grocery

Readers Recommend: Vino Mas, Corkscrew Wine & Cheese

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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