Readers’ Choice Best of the Big O!

BEST NIGHTLIFE AND PLAY 2013

Best Bar with Live Music
Readers’ Choice Best of the Big O: The Waiting Room
Readers’ Choice: The Slowdown, Loose Moose
Readers’ Recommend: Two Fine Irishmen, O’zone, Havana Garage

Best College Bar
Readers’ Choice Best of the Big O: Blue Jay Bar and Grill
Readers’ Choice: Crescent Moon
Readers’ Recommend: DJ’s Dugout, Stadium Club
Readers’ Refer: Dubliner, Mojo’s

Best Beer Selection
Readers’ Choice Best of the Big O: Old Chicago
Readers’ Choice: Crescent Moon, Krug Park
Readers’ Recommend: Upstream
Readers’ Refer: Beertopia, Jake’s

Best Billiards Bar
Readers’ Choice Best of the Big O: Big John’s
Readers’ Choice: Upstream, Fox & Hound
Readers’ Refer: Impulse, Shark Club

Best Casino for Slots
Readers’ Choice Best of the Big O: Horseshoe
Readers’ Choice: Ameristar, Harrah’s

Best Casino for Tablegames
Readers’ Choice Best of the Big O: Horseshoe
Readers’ Choice: Ameristar, Harrah’s

Best Cigar Bar
Readers’ Choice Best of the Big O: Jake’s
Readers’ Choice: Havana Garage
Readers’ Refer: Cigarros

Best Bar for Conversation
Readers’ Choice Best of the Big O: Mister Toads
Readers’ Choice: Brix, Pageturner’s
Readers’ Recommend: Crescent Moon, Krug Park, Liv Lounge, M’s Pub

Best Bike Trail
Readers’ Choice Best of the Big O: Keystone
Readers’ Choice: Wabash Trace Nature Trail, Big Papio Trail
Readers’ Recommend: Zorinsky Lake
Readers’ Refer: Tranquility Park

Best Dance Club
Readers’ Choice Best of the Big O: The Maxx
Readers’ Recommend: Capitol Lounge, House of Loom, O’zone
Readers’ Refer: Flashbacks, Whiskey Tango

Best Darts Bar
Readers’ Choice Best of the Big O: Bucky Dexters
Readers’ Choice: Clancy’s, Scorz, Starskys

Best DJ Service
Readers’ Choice Best of the Big O: Complete Music and Video
Readers’ Refer: Bandstand Music, DJ Shif D, Master DJ, Showtime Music

Best Family Entertainment Center
Readers’ Choice Best of the Big O: Amazing Pizza Machine
Readers’ Choice: Family Fun Center, Sempeck’s
Readers’ Recommend: Dave & Buster’s, Fun Plex
Readers’ Refer: Henry Doorly Zoo, Omaha Children’s Musem, Papio Fun Park

Best Fireworks Stand
Readers’ Choice Best of the Big O: Wild Willy’s
Readers’ Choice: Bellino’s, Kracklin Kirks
Readers’ Recommend: KaBoomers

Best Golf Course
Readers’ Choice Best of the Big O: Omaha Country Club
Readers’ Choice: Pacific Springs, Tiburon Golf Course, Indian Creek
Readers’ Recommend: Elmwood Park, Happy Hollow, Stone Creek

Best Happy Hour Bar
Readers’ Choice Best of the Big O: Blue Sushi
Readers’ Choice: Kona Grill
Readers’ Recommend: Roja Mexican Grill, Old Chicago
Readers’ Refer: Shucks, Upstream

Best Bar for Hiding Out
Readers’ Choice Best of the Big O: Homy Inn
Readers’ Choice: Green Onion
Readers’ Recommend: Bud Olson’s, Interlude, Office West Lounge, The Hideout

Best Bar for an Internet Date
Readers’ Choice Best of the Big O: Beercade
Readers’ Choice: Brix, Homy Inn, Impulse

Best Karaoke Bar
Readers’ Choice Best of the Big O: Mic’s Karaoke
Readers’ Choice: Moe & Curly’s Pub
Readers’ Recommend: Grandmother’s
Readers’ Refer: Alderman’s, Doghouse, House of Loom, Pheasant Tavern, Sullivan’s, The Cabin, Winchesters

Best Live Music Venue
Readers’ Choice Best of the Big O: Stir Concert Cove
Readers’ Choice: The Slowdown, The Waiting Room
Readers’ Refer: Sokol Hall, Holland Center, CenturyLink, Ozone

Best Bar for Stiffest Pours
Readers’ Choice Best of the Big O: The Green Onion
Readers’ Refer: O’Leaver’s Pub, The Holiday, The Max, Barrett’s Barleycorn, Bud Olson’s, Impulse, Jake’s, Library Pub, The Getaway Lounge

Best Tourist Attraction
Readers’ Choice Best of the Big O: Henry Doorly Zoo
Readers’ Refer: The Old Market, College World Series, Durham Museum, Pedestrian Bridge, Joslyn Art Museum, Vala’s Pumpkin Patch

Best Lounge/Ultra Lounge
Readers’ Choice Best of the Big O: Liv Lounge
Readers’ Choice: Halo, Alter Ego, Marquee lounge
Readers’ Recommend: Capitol, The Maxx, Vegalou, VooDoo

Best Movie Theater
Readers’ Choice Best of the Big O: Aksarben Cinema
Readers’ Choice: AMC, Village Pointe
Readers’ Recommend: 20 Grand, Rave, Midtown Cinema

Best Neighborhood Tavern
Readers’ Choice Best of the Big O: Homy Inn
Readers’ Choice: Dundee Dell
Readers’ Recommend: Addy’s, Tanners, Jerry’s Bar, Pat & Mike’s


Best Outdoor FestivalReaders’ Choice Best of the Big O: Maha Music Festival
Readers’ Choice: Jazz on the Green, Summer Arts Festival, Taste of Omaha
Readers’ Recommend: Playing With Fire, Shakespeare on the Green

Best Patio at a Bar
Readers’ Choice Best of the Big O: Kona Grill
Readers’ Choice: Mr. Toad’s, Rose and Crown
Readers’ Recommend: Charlie’s on the Lake, Loose Moose, Varsity 144th

Best Performing Arts Theater
Readers’ Choice Best of the Big O: Orpheum Theater
Readers’ Choice: Omaha Community Playhouse, Holland Performing Arts Center
Readers’ Recommend: Rose Theater, Blue Barn
Readers’ Refer: Shelterbelt

Best Sand Volleyball
Readers’ Choice Best of the Big O: Digz
Readers’ Choice: O’Leavers
Readers’ Recommend: Sempeck’s, Big Red Keno
Readers’ Refer: Spikers Sports & Spirits, Barrett’s Barleycorn, Fun Plex, Schmidleys, Sinnot’s Sand Bar, Winchester

Best Shuffleboard Bar
Readers’ Choice Best of the Big O: My Way
Readers’ Choice: Elbow Room, Musette
Readers’ Recommend: Brownies Papillion
Readers’ Refer: Full House, Harolds, Jimi D’s, Maloney’s, Perry’s Place, Piccolo’s Bar

Best Bar for Spirits Selection
Readers’ Choice Best of the Big O: Dundee Dell
Readers’ Choice: Jake’s, Krug Park, Library Pub
Readers’ Recommend: Berry and Rye, Brix, House of Loom

Best Sports Bar
Readers’ Choice Best of the Big O: DJ’s Dugout
Readers’ Recommend: Tanner’s, Buffalo Wild Wings, Ice House
Readers’ Refer: Brewsky’s, Oscar’s

Best Staycation Destination (Within 8 hour drive)
Readers’ Choice Best of the Big O: Kansas City
Readers’ Recommend: Mahoney State Park, Chicago, IL
Readers’ Refer: Minneapolis, Henry Doorly Zoo, Okoboji, Worlds of Fun

Best Vineyard/Winery
Readers’ Choice Best of the Big O: Soaring Wings
Readers’ Choice: James Arthur Vineyard
Readers’ Recommend: Slattery Vintage Estates
Readers’ Refer: Sugar Clay Winery, Breezy Hills, Silver Hills Winery Tekamah NE, Whiskey Run Creek

Best Wine Shop
Readers’ Choice Best of the Big O: Brix
Readers’ Choice: Spirit World
Readers’ Recommend: Hy-Vee, Corkscrew, WineStyles
Readers’ Refer: The Winery

posted at 10:05 am
on Thursday, November 21st, 2013

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