Angie Lewis never considered herself an artist. When she first began dabbling with paint, she found herself overwhelmed by choices. After fretting over what paintbrush to use and what brand of paint to buy, she eventually gave up and stuffed her art supplies—and her creativity—in the back of her closet.
They remained there until one day, while visiting friends in Denver, Angie attended an "entertainment-style" art class. It had music, wine, and a casual "it's OK to mess up" vibe, and Angie knew she just had to bring the concept home with her to Nebraska. And thus The Corky Canvas was born, a place where friends and artists of all skill levels gather with paintbrushes in one hand, and wine glasses in the other. At two Corky Canvas locations, Angie and her team of instructors lead groups through nightly featured painting, private parties, team buildings, and more. Painters are always welcome to change the colors of their class's suggested design, or to even paint something new entirely, following the whims of their creative spirits.
When Nate Kellison was brainstorming a unique idea for his restaurant, he consulted one of his most trusted culinary sources: his mom. She reminded him of reuben rolls, a treat she'd often made for him and his brother when they were young. The idea was simple enough: take the sandwich's ingredients and roll them all up in dough. To give them an even more unique look, Nate's wife suggested they make them as little pot pies. And just like that, Round-Abouts was born.
Today, Round-Abouts doesn't just serve "rounds" stuffed with reuben ingredients. There are also mini pies stuffed with pizza fixings, barbecued chicken, broccoli and cheese. All of these options share the menu with breakfast flavors and smaller dessert versions filled with chocolate or fruit. To maintain the homespun vibe, Nate invites local musicians and artists to share their work in his restaurant.
For 25 years the owners of Brewsky?s Food & Spirits have known that the best way to get friends and family together is to create a vibrant space filled with all the best sporting events on TV, frosty brews, and a menu of comfort foods. While taking pride in being the spot to gather for Husker games, as well as all other major sporting events, the owners also take immense satisfaction in serving a selection of juicy steaks, flame-broiled burgers, and wings that their chef concocted exclusively for the restaurant. The team also entertains patrons with trivia nights and shows such as dueling pianos or quarreling xylophones at the Haymarket location.
The air at 501 bar and grill pulses to the beats of live music and sports games, which are regularly toasted to with eight frigid draft beers that flow from tap lines integrated into a massive, illuminated ice block to ensure beer frigidity. Hearty homemade bratwursts prepared according to a secret recipe, towering burgers, and mounds of chicken wings top the plates of patrons mesmerized by a giant 8'x12' projection TV streaming big games or a live feed of another bar’s television set. Weekend evenings bring live bands, which perform from 8 p.m. to midnight on Friday and Saturday and from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Sunday.
Burgers and sandwiches are the crux of Randy’s Grill & Chill, where patrons can grab a flame-grilled handheld and relax amid the cozy spot’s comfortable atmosphere. The concise menu is made up of 11 kinds of 8-ounce burgers, 10 types of sandwiches, and 5 of Randy’s original Grillers. Customers can stick with what they know and order a classic burger—left completely naked—or enjoy several fully dressed options, such as the Western burger blanketed in applewood bacon, pepper-jack cheese, and barbecue sauce. As far as sandwiches go, Randy’s prepares french dips, clubs, and prime-melt toasters, and plates Grillers, such as the ultimate grilled chicken, which carries a load of bacon, onion rings, and housemade mustard sauce. As they dine, patrons can kick back with a chilled Rolling Rock beer and catch a Huskers game. Karaoke is available Wednesday through Saturday nights until 2 a.m., and Randy's Grill & Chill is also home to the Lincoln Comedy Tour, bringing in comedians from all around the country to perform.
Owning bars is in Josh Hallett’s blood, so it’s no surprise that when he discovered an old, 7,000-square-foot saloon in need of renovation, he jumped at the chance to buy it with his business partner—his mom. After recruiting his sister as bar manager, the family spent months rehabbing what used to be the Silver Spoke Saloon, picking out all-weather chairs for the outdoor beer garden, lining the brick and corrugated-iron walls with flat-screen TVs, and clearing space for the dance floor by unleashing a two-story Roomba.
Once the Halletts’ new bar The Alley, was complete, they set out to cultivate a festive atmosphere. Bartenders fill massive, 32- and 64-ounce mason jars with sudsy Budweisers, which weekend-revelers and Cornhusker-clad coeds can nurse on a deck overlooking M Street. The calendar of events keeps regulars coming back for beer-pong nights, live music, and theme parties