The Old Market area in Omaha is a bustling area filled with shops, bars, restaurants, museums, horse drawn carriage rides, and street entertainers. The cobblestone roads and restored buildings add to the historical charm.
Bring comfortable walking shoes because there is a lot of ground to cover. During our visit we hit up several bars in the area. We started out during happy hour and most of the bars were completely empty. It wasn’t until later in the night – around 10 – that people started to come out.
We started at the Parliament Pub, which was like stepping into a bar in England, complete with lion statues, overlooking gargoyles and an iconic red phone booth. With an outdoor patio and fireplaces inside, they’re set up for all seasons.
After a beer, we headed to the next place we saw – O’Connor’s. Another theme from across the pond, this Irish bar was set up exactly like most Irish bars you come across. Nothing really stood out and the bartender seemed inconvenienced by our presence. One beer was certainly enough for this joint so we headed on.
Who wouldn’t want to head into a bar named Eat the Worm? They serve up traditional Mexican fare along side a variety of margaritas. We snacked on queso dip that was served at the perfect temperature and consistency while enjoying freshly made margaritas. This was a great spot and next time we’re in Omaha we’ll definitely be back.
The next stop was at T Henery’s Pub which is nestled in the lower level of a building in Old Market. With two separate bars and a performance space, there is plenty of room for people and fun. We played a couple games of pool and watched another group play a game of giant Jenga. They also had a Foosball table and a variety of other games stacked in the corner. After a few drinks, the place really started to pick up but we were getting hungry so we set off to find somewhere to eat.
We spotted two Omaha police officers lingering around their car in anticipation of the late night issues that come naturally in an area filled with bars. They told us their favorite place to grab a late night meal was Roja Grill. We took their advice and headed over. Their late night happy hour menu is out of this world!!! The prices and food were unbelievable. We tried their salsa sampler, queso, flautas, and quesadillas. The table was completely covered with food and the bill was less than $20. Not to mention, everything was perfectly prepared and delicious.
Roja was the perfect ending to a fun evening of bar hopping around the Old Market in Omaha.