People are often surprised to learn that Omaha, Nebraska, located on the western bank of the Missouri River, offers both visitors and residents a long menu of activities from which to select. The city of approximately half a million is the state’s largest and interestingly boasts a large population of millionaires per capita.
Much of Omaha, Nebraska’s nightlife seems revolves around food, drink, and live music. So if any of these appeal to you, and you’re not already there, hit the road to Omaha!
The Omaha riverfront has experienced a revitalization with new riverfront paths, parks, and pedestrian bridges connecting downtown’s Old Market area to Iowa just across the river. Old warehouses converted into trendy restaurants, art galleries, and upscale boutiques make up the 12-block neighborhood of Old Market bordered by South 10th Street on the east, 13th Street on the west, Farnam Street to the North, and Jackson Street to the South. Old Market is a popular nightlife destination thanks to some of Omaha’s top restaurants and its charming brick streets and old architecture. Take a nighttime stroll in this area and you’re likely to see outdoor entertainers dotting the streets.
You don’t need to hit the Old Market neighborhood for dining. There are plenty of quality restaurants scattered across Omaha.
Omaha Magazine publishes its “Best of Omaha” lists every year. You can look for the area’s top-ranked restaurants there: http://omahamagazine.com/best-of-omaha/best-of-omaha-dining/
The Cornhusker city also boasts a dynamic and storied theater scene as it’s home to some our country’s oldest theaters. Omaha is home to the country’s largest community theater, Omaha Community Playhouse. The actor Marlon Brando’s mother helped found the theater in 1925, and it is the theater where Henry Fonda made is acting debut.
Omaha also is home to one of nation’s oldest children’s theater companies: Omaha Theater Company for Young People established in 1949. Then there’s the Orpheum Theater established in 1927 and host to Omaha’s Performing Arts since it was extensively renovated in 2002. The former Vaudeville house has served as an entertainment venue for almost 100 years.
If you prefer music to theater interest you, check out listings for band performances for the Sokol Auditorium, the Waiting Room, or Slowdown. You might find a band you like at one of these better known venues. There’s also the CenturyLink Center for big-name bands and the Omaha Civic Auditorium for other musical performances. For summer nights, try the Jazz on the Green concerts where local and regional artists perform music from all sorts of genre. It’s sponsored by the Joslyn Art Museum. Don’t forget a blanket for the open air venue!
THE BAR SCENE:
Whatever you’re looking for in a bar scene, Omaha is likely to have it – everything from your local dive-bar to a hip, upscale joint. There are several dozen bars and grills just within the downtown district alone where you’ll find dive bars, sports bars, pubs, and upscale bars. It’s as casual as you want or as elegant as you’re feeling.
The Nightlife Company website is an interactive site listing Omaha’s nightlife calendar: http://nightlifeco.com/omaha/
OTHER EVENING IDEAS:
If you’re in Omaha during the summer, you shouldn’t miss what they bill as the “world’s largest weekly group-bicycle ride.” Every Thursday night during the warmer months hundreds of riders ride inter-state from the Wabash Trace across to Mineola, Iowa – all while consuming tacos and margaritas!
If you like drinking beer, then try the Lucky Bucket Brewery.