For you bar hopping fanatics looking for some action, this little college town has plenty to offer. Here are my favorites:
Woody’s Pub – 104 N. 14th St. #6. Don’t know why they have this street address because they have an entrance on O Street. This is where a lot of athletes hang out. Great place for bar Olympics, pool, darts, and foos ball.
Matt’s Bar – 100 N. 8th St. on the south end of the Haymarket District near the O Street overpass. Casual bar with lots of history. Grab a booth and get a beer after the game.
Zoo Bar – 136 N. 14th St. A nationally know blues bar where the famous and infamous play. I was fortunate enough to have had several theater classes here when I was in college. Someone in the class worked there on weekends and he convinced the owner we could perform our one-acts on their stage. After watching each others plays all afternoon, we’d hang out for the blues show at night. Not much to look at, just sit back and enjoy the music.
Barry’s – 235 N. 9th St. This is THE place to be Husker game day. Another bar on the outskirts of the Haymarket, it’s also the closest to Memorial Stadium. The place is huge and full of TV’s, so if it’s too cold to sit outside at the game, sell your tickets and stay here.
Sidetracks – 935 O St. Uniquely Nebraskan, it’s the one place that people from out of town remember long after their visit. Let Joyce and Paul entertain you with their off-color songs. There is no décor, only folding chairs to sit on and the waitresses may spill beer on you, but it’s so much fun, who cares!
Iguana’s – 1426 O Street. Your basic singles bar, however, it has the best foos ball competition in town. Bring some quarters and see how long you can keep the table.
Barrymore’s – 124 N. 13th St. between O and P Streets down the alley. It’s hard to find, but worth the journey. A small lounge that used to be the back stage of Stuart Theater, the ceiling goes up to infinity and there are still stage lights and curtain ropes on the walls. For more sophisticated tastes, this upscale bar is quite a change from meat market college bars along O Street. Sip a White Russian and gossip with your friends before you begin your night on the town, or show up after a night at the opera for a night cap.