Let’s clear a few things up from the start. This bar is owned by a man named Dave, and he is indeed blind. Which is why it literally is called “Blind Dave’s Bar.”
First impressions of Dave’s bar can, potentially, make a first-time visitor to the place feel just slightly uneasy. Blind Dave’s Bar is in the center of a Millard strip mall which was built, I’m guessing, nearly 40 years ago. And frankly, it shows a bit of its age.
The second you walk through the front door, you’re immediately met with several multicolored signs that, in no uncertain terms, spell out the rules of the bar.
“No One Under 21 After 9 p.m. No Exceptions.” “No Pets Allowed of Any Kind. No Exceptions!!” “We Do Not Accept Credit Cards.” “No Children at Bar. Must Be Seated With Adult.” Keep in mind that these very specific warnings surround a still-working payphone. Intimidated yet? Don’t be.
As I’ve learned over the past few years, much like the “Great and Powerful Oz,” the initial impressions of Blind Dave’s Bar “bark” are nothing like its actual bite.
In fact, the only real warning I would ever put on a sign in the bar would simply say, “Caution. Real life happens in here every day. Welcome to the real world.”
Do you come to a bar like this for the massive beer selection? No, because they only have four beers on tap and few assorted types in the cooler behind the bar.
I can tell you that on Saturdays they serve one mean-looking $7 “fully loaded” bloody mary that comes complete with shrimp and a White Castle hamburger. But that’s only a fraction of the reason why you would spend your hard-earned “cash only” here.
At the end of the day, this is the bar where you come to laugh with strangers and occasionally hear a not-too-over-the-top off-color joke.
The regulars at Blind Dave’s seem to take as much pride from a bar they’ve called their home base since back when it was open under the name Why Not Bar as they do trying to “one up” one another telling a joke to make the entire place laugh.
Will this approach to bar life appeal to everyone? No chance. But, if you’re the type of person who can find enjoyment in a place where everyone doesn’t get offended by every little thing that happens in the world, this bar is worth your time.
Among the amenities of the bar are dartboards, a surprisingly cozy outdoor patio area and a pool table that offers anyone in the place free pool all day on Wednesday.
Blind Dave’s is also known for its many food competitions, including chili cook-offs, seafood challenges, best hamburger competitions and even a best Spam recipe showdown.
Also a staple of the regulars here is what they refer to as Sunday Church, where everyone who shows up for the day, right around noon, brings some kind of food to share. They have a laugh, enjoy a drink and show off their culinary skills — no matter how diverse or limited they might be.
I still stand by my final impressions from the first time I ever set foot in here for a HitThatDive.com review. “This is the perfect place to hunker down on a cold Nebraska night. Cheap drinks, great service, killer songs being played on the jukebox — I could easily spend an entire night here again.”
If that sounds like your kind of fun, you should give this spot a try sometime soon.
Blind Dave’s Bar
Where: 5082 S. 136th St.
When: 9 a.m. to 2 a.m. Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 2 a.m. Saturday and Sunday
Info: Facebook.com/BlindDavesBar and