The chefs of Shevy's Sports and Steaks simmer slow-roasted prime rib in the kitchen, and the restaurant's five dining areas steep patrons in sports nostalgia. In the Heisman Lounge, photos of all the Heisman Trophy winners smile upon servers as they Hail Mary menu items, such as chicken-fried steak, onto diners' tables. Classic baseball memorabilia crowds the walls of a rustic-style dining room, and outside on a 750-square-foot paved patio, guests sit beside a bustling downtown street as they decide what toppings to draft for their custom Black Angus burgers. Throughout the restaurant, high-definition televisions broadcast games available through NFL and MLB packages, as well as all Nebraska pay-per-view football games and checkers matches.
The first location of The Funny Bone opened in 1982 and has been relentlessly spreading infectious laughter ever since, featuring established stars such as Drew Carey and Jeff Foxworthy as well as up-and-coming talents with fresh faces, fresh routines, and that fresh pine scent. Auggie Smith left home at the age of 19 to become the first international mountain-man psychic, but he turned to comedy when nobody would take his hilarious ranting premonitions seriously. Since then, he has toured indefatigably, winning accolades and appearing at comedy festivals and contests, on Comedy Central, and on the Bob and Tom show.
Lit Lounge beefs up traditional tapas with muscular spices and sauces that sedate even the most rapacious appetites. The candied coconut jumbo shrimp ($17) offers a laconic discourse on sweet versus savory, with sweet mango chutney set against a deep-fried crust and cashew vinaigrette. Specialty libations ($9–$11) longing to cleanse palates with tiny, delicious towels include carb-conscious skinny margaritas and the X Pop Rock, whose trio of strange liquors tangos with a smattering of Sprite. Small plated portions of chicken spring rolls ($8) satiate groups with highlights of chili sauce and curry aioli. Party-ready ranks can take advantage of Lit Lounge’s socially stimulating atmosphere, in which mood lighting casts seductive shadows on couples nestling in intimate booths or playing aggressive games of footsie to determine who pays for dinner.
The imbibing buccaneers of Rum Runner Lounge & Eatery slake their guests' hunger with a menu of pub favorites and a menagerie of mixed drinks. Half-pound cheeseburgers ($7.25) roll from the grill and onto waiting plates, and nautical noshers stab at whale-size Prime Choice rib-eye steaks big enough to fill all three of the human body's stomachs ($17.75). Four pieces of the Captain's Favorite Broasted Chicken ($9.25) rest upon similarly broasted potatoes and expertly uncooked coleslaw. A brick-walled hearth surrounded by leather chairs warms visitors as they sip on the bar's signature Rum Runner ($6), a cocktail mixed with Bacardi Select rum from a secret recipe that only one easily hypnotizable bartender knows.
The newly remodeled and reincarnated Goldeez invites patrons to sample an array of ales and lagers at one of its Monday-night beer tastings. The Goldeez brewmeisters cull an ever-changing eight-dram cross-section for connoisseurs to connoisseur on as the knowledgeable bar staff takes tongues on a thirst-quenching journey. Palate pilgrimages start with a light beer, such as a Corona, travel down the spectrum from Agave Wheat to ales including Hazed & Infused and Fat Tire, and finally traverse into the darkness of porters and extra stouts. Groupon redeemers can keep the party going well into Tuesday morning with a take-home six-pack built from their favorite brew of the eight tasted that night.
The Lauter Tun's veteran purveyors of bacchanalian beverages curate extensive lists of rare craft beers and classic and contemporary cocktails. Culled from all corners of the globe and the moon, the ever-expanding selection of draft beers currently features 22 different pours. Chilled bottles house the classic Belgian Delirium Tremens, Pilsner Urquell from the Czech Republic, and Canada's La Fin du Monde, among myriad other stouts, wheat beers, porters, and IPAs. The cocktail list stands out with its old-fashioned drinks, such as Pimm's Cups, Gin Rickeys, and Brandy Alexanders, which haven't been seen since Truman took over as the prime minister of Arkansas. These effervescent pints and deftly shaken cocktails ripple in their glasses in time to the live music of local bands and balladeers who grace The Lauter Tun's stage most nights of the week.