You’ve just finished a long week of homework and want to do something fun for the weekend.
Group chats explode with friends asking what to do. The alcohol is dusted off and removed from the top shelf. Some decide to indulge in self-care and others in intoxicated dance.
To help this latter group of people, the Daily Nebraskan has compiled a list of a few bars that make up the Lincoln bar scene, taking into account your specific celebrations.
A bar for your 21st birthday
On a 21st birthday, everyone must stop by Iguana’s Pub, better known as Iggy’s, for a shot of frog sperm. The shot tastes a bit like Gatorade and is served in a test tube with a plastic frog on top.
Iggy’s, located at 1426 O St., is relaxed with music videos playing on TVs and a few tables and sofas along the walls. There are two pool tables centered in the middle of the room and cool coasters built into the tables, which comes in handy on sweaty summer nights. On particularly busy Friday evenings, they open a back room with another smaller bar.
Iggy’s hands out free popcorn and nachos every night with the purchase of a drink, and Long Island iced teas cost around $ 3 on Fridays. On Topshelf Tuesdays, all liquor is $ 3, making it the best day for expensive whiskey and vodka lovers.
Iggy’s is closed on Sundays and open from 8 p.m. to 2 a.m. the rest of the week.
A bar for Nebraska fans
1867 Bar, located at 101 N. 14 St., is a cornucopia of all of Nebraska. It’s named after the year Nebraska became a state, and its decor consists of black-and-white photos of the Nebraska landscape and Nebraska license plates laminated in the bar. They host mini-concerts in their backroom by local bands, and 1867 features typical Nebraska garden games such as Jenga, cornhole, and darts for playing with friends in the indoor beer garden.
As for drinks, they have a great selection of beers from Nebraska breweries, as well as some interesting liquors such as a pineapple whiskey made by the local Lazy RW distillery.
The 1867 hours may vary depending on attendance, but they are generally open 5:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 3:00 p.m. to 2:00 a.m. Friday and Saturday, and 4:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. Sunday. Stop in with friends and play a tense game of Jenga, or just change the song from the jukebox to something jiggy.
A bar for when you can’t decide if you want to dance or sit and drink fancy drinks
At first glance, Boombox Social looks like another ’80s-themed dance bar. It’s located off 16th and P streets near UNL, and it’s hard to miss, with a huge neon sign on it. ‘front and dance music filtering through the door.
Inside, there are neon lights on the walls and a DJ spinning on stage. There are tables and chairs to sit on and a small dance floor in the middle. They have a small menu of shots and cocktails so you don’t sit at the bar for hours deciding what to order. They also have a little window next to the bar where anyone can order steamy pizza slices.
There’s more to Boombox Social than you might initially think. Ask for a Pepsi at the bar and the bartender will hand you a small gold coin. Then use the coin in a Pepsi machine upstairs. The Pepsi machine will open in a totally different bar called Sideshow Spirits.
The walls drown out the dance tunes of Boombox Social and the lights were dimmed. They have a huge wall filled with premium alcohol, and brass pipes and drums can be seen behind a glass window in which some liquors are distilled. They also brew their own vodkas, whiskeys and ciders. It’s very “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory”.
Drinks range from $ 9 to $ 12, and the menu is witty with remarks like a snozzberry reference from the movie “Super Troopers” to explain what the snozzberry cocktail is. The Fashion Show Cocktail is a smoky version of an Old Fashioned with a delicious home brewed whiskey.
Stop by for this special two-in-one bar Sunday through Thursday 4pm to 2am, Friday 2pm to 2am and Saturday 12pm to 2am for Boombox, and daily 4pm to 11pm for Sideshow Spirits.
A bar for the young people of the group
If there are people under the age of 21 in your gang, head to Main Street, located at 1325 O Street. There is a dance floor and a bar for older children to have a drink. They usually have guest DJs from out of town, and each night has a musical theme, such as Friday is Latin night and Thursday and Saturday are Hip-Hop / EDM nights. While Main Street is primarily known for dancing, it also serves inexpensive drinks, and from 9 p.m. to 11 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, drinks are $ 1.
This bar is perfect for the weekend as it is only open Thursday through Saturday from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. There is a cover charge, but for $ 5 you can make memories or mistakes – it depends on what you drink.
A bar that will pinch if you don’t wear green
McKinney’s Irish Pub is a small, tavern-style pub tucked away next to the Graduate Hotel in the Haymarket. The atmosphere is Irish and the place is packed on St. Patrick’s Day with people drinking green beer and sitting at tables on the patio. The interior is drab, but in a hipster fashion, with exposed brickwork and dollar bills pinned to the walls behind the bar.
A drink recommendation is The Irish Trash Can, which is a variation of Long Island iced tea. Whiskey fans have a ton of options to choose from, from high end to affordable. Besides drinks, they also have a full menu of sandwiches and side dishes. Go there for a bite and a beer on Husker play days or the day before a big exam to bring yourself luck.
McKinney’s is open daily from 11 a.m. to 2 a.m., with a kitchen open until 10 p.m.
A bar for first dates
Tipsy Tina’s Cantina is located in the Haymarket on 8th and Q streets. It’s a laid back place with a patio and colorful furniture. Tables and stools line the exterior of the restaurant and in the center is a huge circular bar.
Their tacos are delicious and they also have well priced house drinks and cocktails, including a strong piña colada. If you like spicy things, they are known for a michelada cocktail, which is made with their homemade Mexican lager.
Tina’s is the perfect place for a first date; you can chat while seeing if your date knows how to eat tacos. (It’s an art, so if they use a fork, escape while you still can.)
Tina’s is open 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. Friday and Saturday.
A bar for sweaty dancing
Put on those dance shoes – make sure they’re not white – and order a ride to the Brass Rail. On summer evenings around 11 p.m., this popular place is in full swing.
There is a cover charge, but it’s $ 6 or less. The front part of the bar has tables with stools to sit on and sip drinks while having a chat, but get ready to scream to the dance music. The back part of the bar houses the dance floor. There are two bars – one in the front and one in the back – but you better buy drinks in the front so you don’t get pushed around by the other dancers in the back.
It is best to go to this place at the end of the night as they are open until 2 am; In addition, he is sweating and no one wants to stink up his outfit at the start of the night.
The Brass Rail is open from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. Wednesday through Saturday. They are closed from Sunday to Tuesday.
A bar for inhaling drinks
JJ Hooligans can be found under LeadBelly in the Haymarket. They are best known for vapor shots, which are made with a flavored alcohol of your choice that the bartender sets on fire. The shot is then taken and the vapor of the fire is inhaled. Fair warning: don’t try these shots if you’re having a low-key night where no one wants to be cast.
Besides these shots, JJ Hooligans also provides a relaxing atmosphere with games, a photo booth and several TVs on which you can watch Husker matches. You can easily go there with friends and spend the whole night sipping beers and fooling around.
JJ Hooligans is open 5 p.m. to 2 a.m. Sunday through Thursday and 4 p.m. to 2 a.m. Friday and Saturday.
A bar to drink in secret
The Other Room is a modern day underground bar where customers have to knock on a large wooden door to enter. It is located in the tavern on the square courtyard in the city center. It’s a small bar that only allows a certain number of people at a time, but it’s worth the wait. Bartenders are mixologists and whip up exotic drinks with fancy alcohol, like blueberry butterfly pea vodka. Their drinks are all reasonably priced and affordable on a student budget.
They don’t accept credit cards so be sure to bring cash. They also don’t allow photos, so no one on Snapchat will be aware of the experience. However, it’s worth remembering, and everyone has to go at least once.
There are plenty of opportunities to go to The Other Room as it is open from 5pm to 1am every night.
A bar for huge drinks and comedy
Duffy’s Tavern is pretty much the set. This local bar is at 1412 O St. It has exposed brickwork, a back patio, giant drinks in a fishbowl, live music, and comedy nights. Famous bands have performed there, from Nirvana to The Flaming Lips to Bright Eyes.
On Monday nights they have an Open Mic Night where everyone can stop by and try their hand at stand-up comedy.
Their jar drinks are huge, and while expensive, they’re also delicious. One recommendation is liquid cocaine, which contains amaretto and orange juice.
Their terrace also attracts a lot of people, especially on hot summer nights. In the winter they aren’t as busy, but they have homes for Nebraskans who are crazy enough to venture out in the middle of a blizzard.
Duffy’s is open from 4 p.m. to 2 a.m. every night.
So there you have it, the Lincoln bar scene in a nutshell. College is made up of some of the best years of your life, so why not spend some of it on a sweaty dance floor, listening to Dua Lipa while squeezing a glass of Vodka Cran.