Corkscrews plunge deep into the necks of Nosh Wine Lounge’s cache of bottles, opening with a pop to reveal more than 80 aromatic varietals from California, New Zealand, Italy, France, and other vineyards the world over. Diners can sip these elixirs in small flights or by the glass or commit to full bottles, or kiddie pools. The wines accompany a menu of gourmet snacks, including truffle fries, flatbreads, steak sliders, and bruschetta. Specialty cocktails, such as cosmos with sweet-potato vodka or Tom Collins shaken with cucumbers, offer a refreshing alternative to wine. The lounge hosts special events such as charity events, private parties, wine tastings, and Live Music Wednesdays, which invite guests to recline in curved leather armchairs or gather around granite-topped bar tables as local musicians perform.
At Oasis Hookah Bar, couches, a circular bar and a combination of cocktails, drinks, and hookah work together to create a relaxed environment. Customers can breathe in the chilled air of a large variety of shishas, taking in flavors such as berry, blueberry grape, lemon tea, or even varieties without tobacco. Meanwhile, they can sip on a number of drinks, such as whiskeys, sodas, or cocktails.
Mingling choice drinks with heavy house beats, Nomad Lounge's art-encrusted walls play nightly host to the carousal of Omaha's head-bopping artistic community. With this package, revelers gain entry to a private cabana, where they slosh the premium liquor of their choice together with all the mixers required to create about 20 drinks, quaffing in time to trip-hop and dub like Beowulf in his strobe-lit mead hall. On weekends and special occasions, the music selection expands as the stable of resident DJs welcomes guests from all over the world to share the stage. Shelves lined with candles set Nomad Lounge’s exposed-brick walls aglow, and rough-hewn wooden pillars, combined with the exposed pipes of the high ceiling, contribute to an edgy, loft-like feel that neatly contrasts with revelers’ cozy, cushy cabanas. Call to reserve your party date.
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 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.
Elite Lounge offers a snazzy dress-to-impress abode where partyheads sample New York club life without being held up by a cab driver on the way to the Big Apple of Liberty. Featuring a bar slinging a variety of specialty shots, a shimmy-baiting dance floor, and a kitchen whipping up tasty bites from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m., Elite Lounge soothes ear tongues and taste buds alike. Munch on tasty fare such as crispy hot barbecue wings ($5.99), fried shrimp ($5.50), and jalapeño poppers ($5.99) during Wednesday’s Salsa night, Monday’s Karaoke night, or the nightly nighttime beer-drinking night. Additionally, happy-hour specials ($5 martinis, $2 domestic beers, and $2 well drinks) are offered every day from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. This Groupon is valid with all nightly specials.