Omaha is a bar town. There are hundreds of neighborhood bars, sports bars, craft beer bars, cocktail lounges, wine bars, dives, music venues and places that are some kind of hybrid of two or more of the above. The sheer number is perhaps a bit overwhelming; below we shed some light on what the Omaha area has to offer when you want a drink.
For a night of bar-hopping
Head to Benson, which has become an entertainment district over the course of just a few years.
Krug Park, 6205 Maple St., and Jake's Cigars and Spirits, 6206 Maple St., both have extensive craft beer menus. Krug also offers bloody marys, and Jake's is part cigar bar.
Down the street at 6102 Maple St., Beercade offers more craft beers alongside vintage arcade and pinball games.
Burke's Pub, 6117 Maple St., Musette Bar, 6020 Maple St., and Jerry's, 6301 Military Ave., are all neighborhood kinds of places, and the Benson Brewery, 6059 Maple St., which opened earlier this summer, serves house-made brews.
There's also karaoke at the Full House Bar, 6315 Military Ave., and live music at the Waiting Room Lounge, 6212 Maple St.
On the first Friday of each month, galleries, bars, restaurants and other businesses stay open late and host art exhibits and other activities.
For a craft cocktail
Omaha's craft cocktail scene has exploded during the past few years, and bartenders across town are making their own syrups, bitters, infused spirits and even their own ice.
The Berry and Rye, 1105 Howard St., which opened in the spring, specializes in these sorts of drinks and is constantly changing its menu, and the small capacity ensures that each drink is made with care.
The Indian Oven, 1010 Howard St., recently moved its basement speakeasy into the restaurant dining room upstairs, where Binoy Fernandez serves up a variety of pre-Prohibition and Prohibition-era cocktails.
Just a few blocks away, the Boiler Room restaurant, 1110 Jones St., serves up drinks that include elements like house-brewed ginger beer.
For a glass of wine
Often, wine is a complement to a meal, but at Brix's two locations, it is front and center. At 225 N. 170th St. and 220 S. 31st Ave., guests can select from an ever-changing variety of wines served out of fountain-style dispensers, while enjoying appetizers (or dinner) with friends.
Downtown at 1037 Jones St., the Urban Wine Company features more than 40 wines by the glass and 200 by the bottle, as well as tapas and happy hour specials.
Dundee Cork and Bottle, 614 N. 50th St., and La Buvette, 511 S. 11th St., both offer a large selection of wines. Both of these spots are small and cozy, with quaint outdoor seating areas.
For a craft beer
In addition to the Benson places listed above, Mojo Smokehouse and Ales, 2110 S. 67th St., has a large craft and local beer list (and an open mike night on Sunday nights).
The Crescent Moon Ale House, 3578 Farnam St., was one of Omaha's first craft beer bars and has nearly 600 beers from around the world on tap and for sale at the adjoining liquor store, Beertopia.
The Brass Monkey, 5611 S. 36th St., in South Omaha, is half dive bar, half craft beer bar, and it draws an eclectic crowd.
The Lauter Tun, 3309 Oak View Drive, features 22 beers on tap as well as live music and rare bottled beers.
For a locally brewed beer
Omaha's brewing community is in the midst of a growth spurt.
The aforementioned Benson Brewery is brand new, and a second brewery is expected to open in Benson this year.
The Upstream Brewing Company, downtown at 514 S. 11th St. and out west at 17070 Wright Plaza, has featured locally made brews (and a full kitchen) since 1996.
The Nebraska Brewing Company offers both beer and food at 7474 Towne Center Parkway in Papillion, and Lucky Bucket Brewing at 11941 Centennial Road in La Vista offers tours, snacks and samples in its tasting room.
For local music scene celebrity spotting
Last year, singer-songwriter Conor Oberst and his friend Phil Schaffart opened Pageturners, a quiet lounge with dark wood paneling, a sunken bar and occasional jazz and acoustic shows at 5004 Dodge St.
A few months later, members of the band Cursive bought O'Leaver's, a hole-in-the-wall and music venue at 1322 S. Saddle Creek Road.
And in June, Robb Nansel and Jason Kulbel of Saddle Creek Records opened the Trap Room at 733 N. 14th St., which has the feel of a 1960s basement lounge.