A Night in the Historic Old Market District

Nightlife — By clairesloan on September 21, 2010 at 1:33 am

The best place to head for a night out in Omaha is the Old Market district. Bordered by South 10th Street and the Omaha Rail and Commerce Historic District in downtown Omaha, Old Market features a number of bars, pubs, theaters and restaurants within close proximity of each other. The area is listed on the National Register of Historic Places as a historic district and is hip and sophisticated – a great place to hang out, take an evening stroll, and experience authentic Omaha history and culture. There are brick paved roads, historic buildings, and, on some of the streets, covered sidewalks, all of which are reminiscent of the turn-of-the-century era in Omaha.

For great handcrafted beer and historic charm, head to the Upstream Brewing Company on 11th and Jackson. The Upstream has been a favorite in Omaha since it opened in 1996. Housed in a historic building, the Upstream has a lively atmosphere, good beer, and fresh food. They also have billiard tables and a variety of party rooms, so it’s a great place to hang out with friends and have special events and celebrations. With its great prices, vibrant ambience, and friendly service, the Upstream is a good choice. For hours, directions, and more information, check out the Upstream’s website here.

Old Market is also home to a number of theaters. Considered Omaha’s premier professional theater and dedicated to action and change, the Blue Barn Theatre is known for its high quality plays, as well as the Abbott/Pinkoff Art Gallery that it opened in 1998. The Blue Barn is currently in its 20th season and has produced over 80 plays since it was founded in 1989. Through its plays and stories, the Blue Barn seeks to challenge its actors and audience. Check out Blue Barn’s website here to find more information on current shows, performance schedules, ticket prices, directions, and more.

[image: Paul Heaberlin]

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