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Blatt Beer and Table is a busy place during the evening College World Series games.(MATT MILLER / THE WORLD-HERALD)


This CWS weekend, find fun outside the ballpark
By Cara Pesek / World-Herald staff writer


Looking for a place to stay, shop, eat or socialize while in town for the College World Series? Here's our map of downtown locations that out-of-towners and lifelong Omahans alike can appreciate.

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As the College World Series returns to Omaha, so, too, do the beer gardens, food trucks, cover bands, DJs, drink specials, tailgating and general party atmosphere that goes along with it. Here's a guide to the bars and beer gardens close to the stadium and the parties they're throwing over the course of the next few weeks.

For links to all the bar and restaurant website, click on the map locators.

The Old Mattress Factory, 501 N 13th St.

Each year, the Old Mattress Factory converts the massive parking lot next door into Baseball Village, which is home to a huge tented beer garden, assorted local food vendors including Dante Pizzeria and Absolutely Fresh Seafood, a huge stage featuring live music before, after, and between every game, vendors selling T-shirts, hats and other CWS and NCAA apparel, corporate tents, a VIP lounge, various sports equipment vendors, an outdoor jumbo screen, a Dippin' Dots stand and a sunglasses store. A few years ago, the Old Mattress Factory bought and renovated a warehouse just to the north of the bar and restaurant, where they've set up batting cages for kids, a Harley Davidson ride simulator, a mobile Starbucks, a Mizuno store and a Chick-Fil-A.

The Old Mattress Factory and Baseball Village will open each day of the series at 11 a.m. After 9 p.m., Baseball Village will be open only to patrons 21 and over. There likely will be a cover most nights, but not until after the last game of the night, once the crowd begins to grow.

DJ's Dugout, 1003 Capitol Ave.

Normally a hybrid of sports bar and piano bar, DJ's Dugout is canceling its dueling pianos through the series and focusing on the sports fans. This weekend, the bar will open at 8:30 a.m. to accommodate fans, and will stay open throughout the series until 2 a.m., with extended kitchen hours until at least midnight each night.

The Trap Room, 733 N. 14th St.

This brand new lounge just across from the Slowdown serves beer, cocktails and peanuts from vintage ceramic dishes in a cozy, retro setting. No special events, but management hopes it's a refuge for fans seeking a break from the mayhem. Open weekdays from 4 p.m. to 2 a.m. and weekends from noon to 2 a.m.

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The Slowdown, 729 N. 14th St.

Normally a music venue, the Slowdown transforms each June into a CWS bar, featuring a huge beer garden, food vendors, a giant HD projector and, in the evenings, DJs playing dance music outside and live bands on the stage inside. This year's live music lineup includes 1970s glitter rock group Bennie and the Gents on Thursday and funk group/party band Satchel Grande on June 22.

Food vendors include Chicago Dawg House, Big Horn Mountain Barbecue and Sam and Louie's Pizza. The beer garden opens each day of the series three hours before the first pitch, and there's never a cover.

Pauli's, 151 Freedom Park Road

Until it closed a few year's back, Pauli's on Leavenworth Street was one of the legendary CWS bars. This June, a temporary version of the bar is back close to the stadium.

This version of Pauli's will include family-friendly activities during the day — batting cages, dunk tanks and bounce houses, among other activities. Local bands will play throughout the day, and Twin Peaks, Famous Dave's and other restaurants will serve food. In addition, around 1,000 $10 parking spots will give fans a place to tailgate beginning at 10 a.m. during the series, as well as access to a shuttle that stops both at the stadium and downtown.

After 9 p.m., the bands will give way to DJs and the party will become a 21-and-over affair. There may be cover some nights, depending on the size of the crowd.

Blatt Beer and Table, 610 N. 12th St.

The Blatt, a craft beer bar that offers an upscale take on bar food, first opened just days before last year's CWS and proceeded to serve around 80,000 people over the course of the series. Fans were drawn in part to its giant rooftop patio — you can see into the stadium from it (though not, sadly, onto the field).

The Blatt will offer live music on Sunday and Tuesday and DJs every other night of the series. Foodwise, they'll serve a limited menu in the dining room each night until midnight, as well as brats, burgers and chips in the adjoining beer garden. The attached ice cream shop, Zesto's, will be open each night until 11.

The Blatt will open at 11 a.m. each day. Some nights, as the crowd grows, there may be a cover.

Goodnight's Pizza, 1302 Mike Fahey St.

This bar and pizza place with a huge patio will be open each day of the series from 11 a.m. until 2 a.m., and its kitchen will stay open every day until 1:45 a.m. No cover.

Capitol Lounge, 1011 Capitol Ave.

Capitol, a dance club, will feature music from nationally known DJs on Friday and Saturday nights during the College World Series, as well as an acoustic night on Wednesdays and local DJs on Thursdays. The bar will open at 2 p.m. during the series. No cover.

The Union Pizzeria and Sports Bar, 1420 Cuming St.

The Union and its kitchen are open each day of the series from 6 a.m. to 2 a.m., serving a full breakfast menu, pizza, wings, New York cheesecake, steaks, drinks and more. In addition, an ESPN Radio affiliate from Louisiana will broadcast live from the Union each day from 11 a.m. to noon.

THE OLD MARKET

Just a few blocks away in Omaha's Historic Old Market, plenty of other bars are gearing up for the series. Among them:

Barry O's, 420 S. 10th St.

This no-frills tavern is opening early — at 11 a.m. — throughout the series.

The Stadium Club, 414 S. 10th St.

The Stadium Club, a sports bar that claims to have the biggest patio in the Old Market, will offer its regular specials throughout the series, including a late-night happy hour.

Billy Froggs

This bar and grill is open daily from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Mr. Toad's Pub, 1002 Howard St.

Mr. Toad's boasts a huge corner patio great for people watching, as well as jazz on Sunday nights.

The Havana Garage, 1008 Howard St.

Blues group Honey Boy Turner Band will play here tonight at 9, and admission is free. Most nights, this bar is an old-fashioned cigar bar with a cozy beer garden.

Contact the writer:

402-444-1052, cara.pesek@owh.com

Contact the writer: Cara Pesek

cara.pesek@owh.com    |   402-444-4052    |  

Cara writes about nightlife -- bars, clubs, karaoke, and other places people go to have a good time -- as well as fashion, pop culture and trends.


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