Venues Of Note
The Slowdown is a new-ish club just north of downtown. Started by some of the fellas who run Saddle Creek. There’s not a lot of history there just yet, but hey, these things take time. It literally takes time. Stop in to the Trap Room while you’re there, the NEW new bar they opened next door.
The Waiting Room Lounge is the other hot shit club that popped up in the last decade. If that big national band isn’t playing Slowdown, they’re likely playing here. Located in the Benson neighborhood, all of a sudden THE place to be if you’re young and hip and horny (sadly, I’m only one of those things anymore).
Well, here we go: If I’m rattling off Omaha venues, it’s only right (if not completely inappropriate) that I mention O’Leaver’s, a bar I happen to co-own with the Cursive guys and Chris Machmuller of Ladyfinger. O’Leaver’s is a small, dump of a bar that we all love very much, so much that we decided to marry it. It can’t hold many people, but that makes the shows all the better—cramming in, being a part of something.
The DIY venue of the moment is Sweatshop, an art gallery turned debauch palace when the moon is out. Located just around the corner from The Waiting Room in the Benson neighborhood, it puts on both local and national shows. Lots of sweaty fun.
Best Post-Show Hangs
Omaha switched their last call hours from 1 a.m. to 2 a.m. sometime last decade, so I suppose, for many of us, the “post hangs” are just the next bar to hit up before heading home. I won’t mention O’Leaver’s again…okay, I just did.
Pageturners Lounge is a new bar in the Dundee neighborhood, and I don’t just love it because I have to: it happens to be owned by good buds Conor Oberst and Phil Schaffart. It has a great, homey vibe—plan wisely and catch Dan McCarthy there playing ragtime piano!
The Sydney, also owned by old friends (What does it say about us that we’re all buying bars), is a delightfully seedy joint in the Benson neighborhood. I’ve forgotten a lot of nights there.
The Brothers Lounge is the very institution where we all got our start. Brothers taught us how to drink. It practically feels historical, or maybe haunted is a better word for it, ahaha. Lots of wild, weird nights.