A popular destination in the Haymarket district, this busy brewpub has been serving its award-winning ales and hickory-grilled dishes since 1991. Nebraska's oldest and largest operating brewery, it has multiple floors of seating, which give this restaurant a interesting and unusual ambiance. The best seats are at the large, comfortable booths in the low-ceilinged loft above the kitchen; the worst are the tables in the sterile third-floor dining room. What makes this restaurant so popular is the food, which consists of large portions of American brewpub fare. A perfect example is the Stout Loaf Sandwich: this filling dish features a generous slice of meatloaf that is cooked with the brewpub's own stout ale, served over a thick piece of grilled beer bread and smothered in a sweet-and-sour mushroom gravy. Finish this off with a choice of potato;the mashed potatoes are recommended; and there won't be much room for dessert. The brewpub's own beers are particularly fresh and good, though there is a full bar on hand to supply any other drinks you may desire.
This hole-in-the-wall bar has been the nightly host of some of the nation's best blues acts for more than 25 years. Winner of the prestigious W.C. Handy Award, which is given by blues musicians to the best national blues venue, this legendary bar gives customers a chance to experience world- famous acts in an intimate setting. The nearly claustrophobic size of this downtown joint has endeared it to both customers and musicians. The walls of the long narrow cave of a room are plastered with handbills advertising past performances ranging from blues legend Bo Diddley to Grammy® Award winning polka band Brave Combo. Don't expect just to sit and watch, though, as the energy in this bar drives people to dance and its not unusual to see college students, professional people and leather clad bikers all lose themselves in the groove on the tiny dance floor. A variety of beer and liquor is available for a well drink or large draught.
Founded in the year 2012, Zipline Brewery Co is a microbrewery in Lincoln that produces hand crafted beer for beer lovers all around America. Because of the quality of their beers and its popularity, in the year 2014 they were awarded the ‘Best Brewery in Nebraska’. They produce a number of craft beers that are available on taps; the brewery is open for public tours and events.
Since opening in 1993, this hip beer and pizza joint has become a favorite downtown hangout. Frequented by a crowd of good-looking people in their 20s, this long and narrow pizzeria has exposed brick walls and rough wooden floorboards. Heavy wooden benches and the original pressed-tin ceiling add to the tough, retro vibe. Two pool tables in the rear are almost always occupied, as are the four cast iron tables on the sidewalk. Pizza is available whole or by the slice. Choose from a long list of sauces, cheeses and toppings or order one of the combinations. Baked potatoes are also served with the same choice of toppings as the pizza. A very extensive wine list is available, as are more than 260 microbrewed and imported beers.
A popular O Street dive, this tavern has been serving up shots and beer to the college crowd since 1939. Surly bartenders, a couple pool tables, rundown booths and fishbowls full of cheap booze keep a crowd of students and working class regulars happy. A popular venue for musicians from the independent, rockabilly and punk scenes, the bar has shows every Wednesday and Sunday. Such acts as Nirvana and The Flaming Lips have played here in their rise to fame. The best nights to visit the bar are Thursdays for live karaoke with local bands. Would-be rock stars choose from the band's extensive repertoire and put on some of the best and/or funniest live shows you'll ever see. The bar has a dozen domestic and import beers on tap as well as a fully stocked bar. Any mixed drink is available in a fish bowl with straws for each drinker depending on the drink.