Econo Lodge Downtown
2211 Douglas Street
Omaha, NE 68102
Phone: (402) 345-9565
Fax: (402) 345-0311
Bars & Cafes
Whisky Tango is Omaha's most popular country music nightclub. This place is always packed with locals who are taking advantage of the bar's awesome drink specials. In addition to country music, the DJs here play top 40 hits which help keep the dance floor packed nightly. There are also pool tables available for a friendly game with a friend or even a stranger.
From the street, this spot looks like no big deal, but like Alice falling through the looking glass, Bar 415 patrons find themselves transported to a super-hip jazz club more likely to be found in New York than in a small Midwest cubbyhole. The long, dark room with exposed brick walls is dominated by a big, wooden bar lit by colorful Pottery Barn-like hanging lamps. The drink menu is very uptown with Cosmopolitans, Martinis and such. On the weekends, local jazz bands play from a stage suspended from the ceiling. A cover charge is collected when live music is offered.
This funky spot in the Old Market has that Birkenstocks with socks feel. The all-vegetarian menu is fresh and lively, with entrees that include Brazilian Black Beans and Rice, Veggie Stir Fry and the Boca Burger. The chefs here prepare every organic morsel with the strictest vegetarian guidelines in mind. There is a huge selection of organically grown teas, natural sodas, juices and beers available. The umbrella-topped tables in the outdoor dining area are arranged around a festively painted VW Bus.
Visit Hiro 88 for unrivaled Japanese cuisine in the Omaha area. The Asian fusion menu is filled with surprising flavors and dishes, including the Hiro 88 Roll. This roll includes crab, shrimp, spicy tuna, avocado, cucumber, and masago. Main dishes include BBQ short ribs and fire braised chicken. The restaurant itself was designed by Japanese architect Nakamura-san and features ample open space and a clean design. A large selection of sake is also offered.
This Old Market favorite features a lively atmosphere and fun décor. The menu offers a variety of pizzas, sandwiches, pastas and salads, and the full bar stocks 110 different beers. The loud, spirited ambiance is perfect for adults and kids. The restaurant even gives children their own new pack of four crayons for entertainment. A separate room filled with pool tables often hosts billiards tournaments.
Slowdown is owned and operated by locals Jason Kulbel and Robb Nansel. The drinks here are reasonably priced, and for all you Boulevard Wheat lovers, this is haven—they have it on tap here. They have superb quality sound system and an excellent jukebox. Also the layout is well thought out. Be sure to check this one out that next time you are in Omaha.
When you walk in the door, you can instantly see the wide variety of luscious pastries, cakes, cookies and other treats on display. The airy bakery also offers a full menu of coffee drinks, exotic teas and natural juices. Sandwiches, quiches, salads and more are also available. You can sit in one of two areas: inside or outside on the patio. It is fun to "people watch" on the patio since it is located in the heart of the Old Market.
This hamburger and beer joint in the Old Market offers more than just good bar food and a large selection of brews. It also provides a casual, fun atmosphere, outdoor dining and some of the tastiest chicken tenders around. It is the perfect place to bring the whole gang; just shove some tables together and you have a party. Food is served from a walk-up kitchen at the back of the establishment. When your order is ready, the chef yells your name over a loud intercom.
Located in Omaha's Historic Old Market, The Berry & Rye serves craft cocktails with a level of care unseen in other bars in the city. This bar specializes in pre-Prohibition era drinks with an eye on coming up with some of the most inventive cocktails around. These specialty drinks include the Bell of Bombay with gin and strawberry red bell pepper syrup, the Dill Collins with vodka and green chartreuse, and the Antoinette with rye whiskey and maple syrup.
Located in Omaha's historic Old Market, this ultra-popular downtown spot is where the action is. The sleek, black-and-white interior is dominated by an island-style bar stocked with an extensive selection of wines, a slew of domestic and imported beers, and a seemingly endless array of exotic cocktails. The regular menu is far from ho-hum, with big salads, tasty sandwiches and light entrees. The specialty menu changes nightly. Reservations are highly recommended.
This fun restaurant/bar in the Old Market, formerly an old firehouse, has two levels: the first floor houses a bar and restaurant, the second story has multiple pool tables and a full bar. It brews its own beer and root beer, and you can see the vats from the restaurant. A full list of hard-to-find micro brews is available. The food is excellent; start with the artichoke dip, then try the grilled steak fajitas for a great meal any night of the week.
This wine and cheese bar in the Old Market is like a quaint European cafe. Wines from around the world are arranged according to country of origin; choose a bottle and a nice hunk of cheese and relax in the comfortable, marketplace setting. Seating is available inside and out, and, if you do not finish your wine this time, the staff will be happy to label it and save it for you to enjoy on a future visit. A full bar is also available.