The rest of the year, Benson is a not-so-mild mannered entertainment district with live music pouring out of The Waiting Room – a nationally recognized indie rock club. Before and after the concerts, regulars walk up and down the Benson “strip” stopping into their favorite neighborhood bars including Barley Street Tavern, The Sydney and Burke's Bar. Craft brew lovers find sanctuary in Benson Brewery and Infusion Brewing Company, both known for a rotating craft beer menu. Beercade is every fanboy’s dream come true - craft beer and wall-to-wall classic arcade games such as Skeeball, Pac-Man and Mortal Combat. Make new friends with friendly, furry locals such as Shooter, the Benson bar cat. Shooter can be seen sauntering in and out of the neighborhood bars greeting patrons and nuzzling bartenders. Benson’s other party animal is Sam, the beloved party dog of Burke’s Pub. This friendly Great Dane entertains patrons and adds to the bar’s care-free vibe.
The cool atmosphere, cold beer and hot music make every night out in Benson one to remember.