Friday, October 23, 2015

Reverb Lounge – Omaha, NE

After our complete fail at tiki-dom at the Firewater Grille, we headed to Reverb Lounge in the Benson neighborhood of Omaha. I had seen a few positive reviews about the drinks there, even though it’s a music venue and a regular bar. I even saw photo of tiki drinks there, so I knew at the very least, we could drink SOMETHING out of a ceramic vessel. The bar is a smallish place with a substantial looking bar in the center of one wall and separate doors for the music area. We grabbed a booth right when we walked in and scoured the menu – actual tiki drinks!!!

We had wasted precious time at the previous bar, so we needed to catch up. We all decided on our drinks and then discovered the drink for four people. I immediately got up and ordered a Kava Bowl for our table. I was going to head back to the table, but there’s something magical about watching an expert assemble a tiki drink, especially a large one. They actually put two people on the job, one mixing various rums and juices together and the other cutting intricate animal designs out of different fruits. People sitting at the bar eventually asked “what the hell IS that?”. Kava Bowl, people. Read your menu.

The thing gets a lime half filled with 151 on top, which they then light on fire. I paraded this massive flaming drink through the dining room like I was a priest from The Temple of Doom (Kali Ma Shakti de was going through my head the entire time). People noticed, to say the least.

We all dove into this drink with fervor. Yes, I said fervor. Mainly we just needed a drink to sip on while we were deciding what to get for the next drink.

I went with a Pineapple Boo Loo – a drink for two people which comes in a pineapple. Like an actual pineapple that they core out and fill with rum. Sadly, Reverb had purchased some faulty pineapples and I got the only actual pineapple that didn’t spring a leak. Cha-ching! Everyone else got their pineapple boo loo in a ceramic bowl. It still did the trick. We had a fantastic night and got to listen to a little bit of the band in the other room. Plus, both bartenders were really fun to chat with when it slowed down a bit in the bar.

We weren’t really done when the bar started to close up, so we went back to the hotel room and played Exploding Kittens and drank Flip’s Fireball and my Fruit Loop Vodka. We travel well when we go to roller derby tournaments. If you haven’t played Exploding Kittens (a card game), then you really should. 

Go check out Reverb Lounge, either for the music or the tiki drinks. We were really glad we did. 

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