What do you get when you mix Caribbean, African, Southeast Asian, rockabilly, Hollywood, funk and surfer cultures? Laka Lono Rum Club, a colorful tiki bar ripped right out of the quirkiest corner of your imagination. Speak easy as you enter into some of Omaha’s trendiest craft cocktail bars. The Wicked Rabbit takes guests through the looking glass into a wonderland-themed lounge, shaking and serving extravagant drinks for the mad at heart. An oasis inspired by Japanese street-art, Kaitei mixes cocktails made with traditional whisky, unfiltered sake and popping lychee Boba. Osteria Segreto is a hidden bar in the Blackstone District. A candle burning in the window means you’re welcome to come in and enjoy the Italian-themed cocktails. Inspired by the pre-Prohibition era, Berry & Rye puts an experimental and contemporary perspective on drinks made with a reverse osmosis water system that ensures the purest water possible for its craft ice program, alongside the sodas, syrups and bitters made in-house. Other popular spots for craft cocktails are Wilson & Washburn, The Boiler Room and Nite Owl.
The birthplace of nationally-known artists such as Conor Oberst, The Faint and Cursive, Omaha’s indie music scene continues to grow. Sokol Underground is the original Omaha indie concert hall and The Slowdown, one of the best indie music spots in the nation, lives up to its name, giving music lovers a place to chill and be entertained. Benson is home to some of the coolest venues in the city. The Waiting Room Lounge is known for hosting a variety of local, national, and international stars.