Now in their 86th season, the Harlem Globetrotters continue to entertain millions of parents, children, and general basketball admirers with a trademark blend of athletic precision and razzle-dazzle showmanship. For the team's 2012 world tour, a rotating roster of Globetrotter favorites take to the hardwood each game, so spectators might spot Special K Daley sharing a behind-the-back pass with newcomer Jacob “Hops” Tucker, the 2011 NCAA slam-dunk champion whose 50-inch vertical leap cruelly dashed his dreams of working in a ceiling-fan store. The Trotters might also present a study in contrasts with five-foot-two Too Tall Hall and seven-foot-eight Paul "Tiny" Sturgess, the world's tallest pro basketball player.
Jazz serves up the tasty, authentic fare and festive party atmosphere one typically finds while strolling down Bourbon Street. Creole and Cajun cravers can browse the restaurant's massive menu, featuring fresh seafood, po' boy sandwiches ($7.49), zesty pastas ($12.99/full order), and spicy blackened entrees. Diners are immersed in a hodgepodge of New Orleans–based décor and swinging live music throughout the week as local bands perform blues and jazz standards, helping visitors let the good times roll while keeping the bad times safely encased in electrified lock boxes.
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.
DJs spin and weekend crowds clamor within the Hive lounge’s walls, which are festooned with murals by local artist Maggie Webber and décor inspired by owner Jack Gardner’s road trips. A sprawling outdoor patio hosts alfresco sippers, and glass-tile panels admit streetlights’ golden shimmer indoors, where large-screen TVs glow with sports broadcasts alongside live games of darts and shuffleboard. At the bar, drink slingers pour frothy pints from a rotating selection of craft and organic beers and set specialty cocktails on turntables to be mixed as a DJ scratches over obscure Raffi LPs. The Hive Lounge hosts regular events such as Saturday and Sunday "Hangover Recovery Parties," during which patrons sip more than 20 mimosa flavors and shout “bloody mary” three times in front of a cocktail shaker to summon custom libations from a build-your-own bloody mary bar.
Owners and chefs Roberto and Ana Meireles pile plates high with meticulously crafted dishes of beef, pork, poultry, and seafood made to order from fresh ingredients and traditional spices. Fried plantains, tropical fruit shakes, and Cuban sodas serve as plane tickets for the palate as lush foliage, cabana decor, and a working baggage claim evoke Caribbean climes. Libations from a brightly colored bar balance the subtle spice of the restaurant's signature red Cuban creole sauce. Gusto Cuban Cafe's patio bustles during the warmer months, and salsa dancing on weekends, like getting stuck on a slide, gives people an excuse to shake their hips.
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.