Omaha just happens to have one of the best and most diverse music scenes in the country. National Geographic even named Omaha as one of the “musically grooviest” cities in the United States in 2018.
Some truly incredible bands hail from Omaha, including Bright Eyes and 311, along with the famous Indie record label, Saddle Creek Records. So, it’s no surprise to us that Omaha is bursting with places to experience that music scene first hand.
We compiled a list of our favorites right here. From iconic music venues to hole-in-the-wall bars — there’s a little bit of everything on this list!
1421 Farnam Street, Omaha | Events
If you’re looking for a place to dance the night away, The Bourbon Saloon is the perfect spot for you. This nightclub and bar features a dance party every Friday and Saturday night! Throughout the week they offer live music along with other special events such as comedy nights and holiday parties.
1215 Harney Street, Omaha | Events
Photo courtesy of The Harney Street Tavern
For a slightly quieter night, stop by The Harney Street Tavern. This venue is mostly acoustic and offers plenty of unplugged fun. Stop by any day of the week to enjoy great drinks and music from your favorite local bands.
1322 South Saddle Creek Road, Omaha | Events
Open until two in the morning every night, O’Leaver’s is a great place to hang out any day of the week. Their incredible ambiance and staff will always make you feel welcome, but it’s the spectacular performers you’ll see that will keep you coming back for more.
6212 Maple Street, Omaha | Events
The building that now houses the Waiting Room has been many things from a car dealership in the 1920s, the legendary Lift Ticket Lounge through the 1980s and 90s, and a motorcycle-focused bar: D Dub’s Pub. In 2010, the building finally became the iconic lounge that we know and love today. A visit to The Waiting Room is something every Omahan should do at least once.
27849 West Center Road, Venice | Events
Buck’s Bar and Grill serves one of the best prime ribs around, made even better with unbeatable live performances from local musicians. Their menu, along with the incredible atmosphere and amazing service, make this small town gem an absolute must-try.
320 S 72nd Street, Omaha | Events
The Lookout Lounge is perfect for those who dabble in a lot of different genres of music. They bring the best underground punk, metal, ska, hip-hop and everything in between to their hidden Omaha gem just for you. Here, you’ll find loud music, great drinks and awesome people.
1207 Harney Street, Omaha | Events
There’s no better place to party in Omaha than The Hive! Located in Old Market, this rock club gives you the chance to enjoy delicious craft cocktails and great live music — all while surrounded by beautiful decor.
17111 South 138th Street, Springfield | Events
Since opening in 2004, Soaring Wings Vineyard has become the Omaha destination for great wine and beer. You’ll find live music from acoustic to country to pair with your beverage of choice.
3530 Leavenworth Street, Omaha | Events
The Down Under Lounge is a great place to hang out any day of the week. While you listen to great music and sip on a cold, local beer, be sure to take a moment to peruse all of the incredible local art that adorns this venue’s walls!
7220 F Street, Omaha | Events
When you’re looking for dinner and a show, pay a visit to Ozone. They offer a full lunch and dinner menu that include delicious meals like hand-cut steaks, slow-cooked prime rib and even baby back ribs — all of which you can enjoy while listening to some local bands.
1505 Farnam Street, Omaha | Events
The Omaha Lounge is both upscale and laid back, and features live music every night. With music offerings that include blues, soul, R&B, Motown and smooth jazz, you’ll feel like you stepped back in time. The 1920’s shoe store setting only adds to the historic and warm atmosphere of this classic cocktail lounge.
4727 South 96th Street, Omaha | Events
Rock, R&B, blues or country — Forte Music Hall has it all! Monday through Thursday, enjoy karaoke, and on Friday and Saturday, come out and listen to some remarkable live music. On warmer nights, their patio makes a great place to relax with a great drink and close friends.
729 North 14th Street, Omaha | Events
Photo courtesy of Slowdown
Located in the Saddle Creek Records complex, Slowdown is one of the most famous music venues in Omaha. They offer a diverse mix of bands and music styles along with a fantastic drink menu. Plus, on slower nights, you can settle down at a table with a great craft beer and a board game!
1205 Harney Street, Omaha | Events
The Dubliner Pub is a little piece of Ireland nestled underground in Omaha. This basement pub is the perfect spot to relax after a long day. They serve almost any beer you can think of along with an unmatched line-up of local musicians.
Where Do You Like to Rock Out?
Where is your favorite live music venue in Omaha? Share your recommendations with us in the comments!