Comfort Inn at the Zoo
2920 S. 13th Court
Omaha, NE 68108
Phone: (402) 342-8000
Fax: (402) 342-8069
Bars & Cafes
Calling House of Loom a 'hybrid bar concept' would be an understatement. This creatively thought out and intriguing venue, located in the heart of downtown, blends the concepts of a bar, a nightclub, and a cultural venue, to really present something unique. Elegantly and stylishly designed, the House of Loom presents in its spaces performances by DJs and bands, and other artists, art shows, dance parties, and also lectures and talks. So, if you want to try something other than your usual nightclub or bar, then head down to the House of Loom.
Visit Hiro 88 for unrivaled Japanese cuisine in the Omaha area. The Asian fusion menu is filled with surprising flavors and dishes, including the Hiro 88 Roll. This roll includes crab, shrimp, spicy tuna, avocado, cucumber, and masago. Main dishes include BBQ short ribs and fire braised chicken. The restaurant itself was designed by Japanese architect Nakamura-san and features ample open space and a clean design. A large selection of sake is also offered.
This fun restaurant/bar in the Old Market, formerly an old firehouse, has two levels: the first floor houses a bar and restaurant, the second story has multiple pool tables and a full bar. It brews its own beer and root beer, and you can see the vats from the restaurant. A full list of hard-to-find micro brews is available. The food is excellent; start with the artichoke dip, then try the grilled steak fajitas for a great meal any night of the week.
This wine and cheese bar in the Old Market is like a quaint European cafe. Wines from around the world are arranged according to country of origin; choose a bottle and a nice hunk of cheese and relax in the comfortable, marketplace setting. Seating is available inside and out, and, if you do not finish your wine this time, the staff will be happy to label it and save it for you to enjoy on a future visit. A full bar is also available.
This funky spot in the Old Market has that Birkenstocks with socks feel. The all-vegetarian menu is fresh and lively, with entrees that include Brazilian Black Beans and Rice, Veggie Stir Fry and the Boca Burger. The chefs here prepare every organic morsel with the strictest vegetarian guidelines in mind. There is a huge selection of organically grown teas, natural sodas, juices and beers available. The umbrella-topped tables in the outdoor dining area are arranged around a festively painted VW Bus.
Located in Omaha's Historic Old Market, The Berry & Rye serves craft cocktails with a level of care unseen in other bars in the city. This bar specializes in pre-Prohibition era drinks with an eye on coming up with some of the most inventive cocktails around. These specialty drinks include the Bell of Bombay with gin and strawberry red bell pepper syrup, the Dill Collins with vodka and green chartreuse, and the Antoinette with rye whiskey and maple syrup.
This hamburger and beer joint in the Old Market offers more than just good bar food and a large selection of brews. It also provides a casual, fun atmosphere, outdoor dining and some of the tastiest chicken tenders around. It is the perfect place to bring the whole gang; just shove some tables together and you have a party. Food is served from a walk-up kitchen at the back of the establishment. When your order is ready, the chef yells your name over a loud intercom.
Mr. Toad's Pub is a favorite of locals and tourists alike. Upon entering, you feel like you are in an old English pub. There are two rooms: one with a big wooden bar and several tables and chairs, the other with a grand piano in one corner and shelves filled with leather-bound books lining the walls. Large windows look out onto Howard Street, the Old Market main drag. The outdoor patio is the place to be on a hot summer evening. Omaha's Luigi Waites plays live jazz every Sunday night.
If your idea of a fun evening includes cocktails, cigars, and live music, then the Havana Garage is a must visit. The bar has an upscale vibe that is enhanced by live jazz several nights a week. Downstairs there is a cigar bar that sells a variety of cigars that you can smoke in the bar or on their outdoor patio. The cocktail menu is filled with specialty drinks like Mojitos and Cuba Libras.
From the street, this spot looks like no big deal, but like Alice falling through the looking glass, Bar 415 patrons find themselves transported to a super-hip jazz club more likely to be found in New York than in a small Midwest cubbyhole. The long, dark room with exposed brick walls is dominated by a big, wooden bar lit by colorful Pottery Barn-like hanging lamps. The drink menu is very uptown with Cosmopolitans, Martinis and such. On the weekends, local jazz bands play from a stage suspended from the ceiling. A cover charge is collected when live music is offered.
Located in Omaha's historic Old Market, this ultra-popular downtown spot is where the action is. The sleek, black-and-white interior is dominated by an island-style bar stocked with an extensive selection of wines, a slew of domestic and imported beers, and a seemingly endless array of exotic cocktails. The regular menu is far from ho-hum, with big salads, tasty sandwiches and light entrees. The specialty menu changes nightly. Reservations are highly recommended.
This Old Market favorite features a lively atmosphere and fun décor. The menu offers a variety of pizzas, sandwiches, pastas and salads, and the full bar stocks 110 different beers. The loud, spirited ambiance is perfect for adults and kids. The restaurant even gives children their own new pack of four crayons for entertainment. A separate room filled with pool tables often hosts billiards tournaments.