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.
In 2008, the bartenders at Vegalou Ultra Bar proved their drink-making prowess by successfully setting off a domino chain that consisted of 672 Jägermeister shots falling into cups of Red Bull—a feat that earned them the world record that year. Today, they fill cocktail shakers with mango pomegranatinis and moscow mules and glasses with 25-ounce domestic draft and imported beers. Near the bar, there’s a permanently installed water screen—a waterfall that has videos projected directly onto its surface.
One of a family of comedy clubs serving as key laugh generators in more than 25 cities, Funny Bone sits in the shopping and entertainment hub of Village Pointe Center. Luminaries such as Drew Carey, Jim Breuer, and Dave Chappelle have all taken the stage in front of audiences enjoying drinks and the bounty of a large food menu stocked with sandwiches as thick a first-grader's favorite book of knock-knock jokes, sweet potato fries, and wings doused in a signature blueberry-habañero sauce.
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 Reel's menu of delicious wines and clever martinis tickles taste buds with slurpable sips. Wines are available by the bottle and include Old World and New World whites, reds, and sparklings, from Californian Ravenswood zinfandel ($20) to German RELAX Riesling ($20). Moderate oenophiles can enjoy house wines by the glass ($4 each), including Lindeman's chardonnay. The real belles of the ball, however, are Reel's martinis ($7–$9.95), which range from classic to inventive and pack an alcohol-infused punch to the kisser. Sophisticatedly sip on a judgment-altering dessert, such as the butterscotch martini, chocolate martini, or grown-up chocolate-covered cherry, derived from a strain of hydroponic cherry trees George Washington developed in the White House's basement. Or fulfill the booze pyramid's suggested serving of liquid fruit with a crisp appletini, a tart Cosmo, or a juicy Fuzzy Naveltini.
Co-owner Chris Jones established Halo Ultra Lounge to bring an intimate, energy-packed nightlife hotspot to the West Omaha scene. From 4 p.m. to 2 a.m. barkeeps pour beer, cocktails, and drink specials and deliver libations straight to tables with accommodating bottle service. As the sun sinks below the horizon, Halo Ultra Lounge transforms into a chic social hub with relaxing booths and couches that drain partiers of stress through reverse-tension osmosis. Wednesday–Friday, DJs imported from both coasts spin live tunes, setting revelers in motion on the dance floor.
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.