Each district has its fans — and detractors. Let's break them down with some broad generalizations!
The downtown Omaha scene obviously covers a much bigger swath than downtown Benson, so it’s not fair to peg it to any one demographic. No matter who you are, you can find your crowd downtown. Trying to label downtown nightlifers is like trying to describe Starbucks patrons. It’s just ... the mainstream masses, people with a little disposable income to burn on the weekends.
Smaller, stranger, more specific. You’re probably going to see more 20-somethings. More flannel. Frequenting Benson is like listening to music on vinyl records. It’s a warmer, richer sound, but it’s not everyone’s thing. I once saw in Benson a guy playing a saxophone while riding a unicycle. And I don’t know where else I’d see that in Omaha.
Limited, expensive and maddening on a good day. When there’s a big game, a big concert or a “Book of Mormon” show, just stay home.
Usually pretty easy and free. The Benson library and bank lots fill up fast when there’s a special event. But a lot of people are riding their bikes anyway.