Downtown Lincoln, Nebraska
247 N 8th St
Lincoln, NE 68508
(402) 475-8822

How to Tell You're in a Great Cocktail Bar February 13, 2018

Downtown Lincoln, Lincoln
How to Tell You're in a Great Cocktail Bar, Lincoln, Nebraska

Perhaps you are new in town and want to find the best bars, or you wish to patronize something beyond the local watering hole. Whatever your reason for embarking on a great bar search, certain criteria make the difference between a great cocktail lounge and one that is simply mediocre. Keep these standards in mind so you always enjoy fantastic experiences in wonderful establishments.

Great vs. Mediocre Cocktail Bars: How to Tell the Difference

1. Cleanliness

Great bars are wiped down often so you never see visible dust and dirt, and they always feature clean bathrooms. Well-kept facilities are also indicative of sanitized kitchens.

2. Atmosphere

Every great bar has a distinctive atmosphere, whether it’s a 50’s-style lounge, an Irish pub with decor from the Emerald Isle, or a sports bar full of fun and interesting memorabilia. You should enjoy a warm, welcoming feeling when you step through the door that makes you want to sit down and relax with your favorite people. 

3. Bartenders

barGood bartenders acknowledge every patron upon entry, no matter how busy they are. They are friendly, personable, and ready to swap stories with you for hours if they are not slammed with orders. Even if they are extremely busy, professionals are always courteous.

4. Happy Hour

Happy hour at any great bar lasts at least three hours and features plenty of excellent specials on libations and food. You should be able to eat, drink, and be merry for a lower price. The best lounges often switch their happy hour specials so you have something new to enjoy no matter which day you swing by.


Starlite Lounge & Banquet Room in Lincoln, NE, is an atomic-era martini lounge inspired by Frank Sinatra and the rest of the Rat Pack. Known for offering the best happy hour around, this fantastic bar combines a nostalgic atmosphere with great specials, delicious cocktails, and delectable menus. Call (402) 475-8822 to reserve the banquet room, or visit the establishment online for a complete happy hour list. 

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