Sometimes you just need a change of scenery. You just gotta grab a friend and hit the open road. Lucky for us, there's a mini-cosmopolitan just 40 miles southwest of us - Land of Lincoln, or Stinkin' Lincoln as we lovingly refer to it on occasion.
Getting out of Omaha, even for just one night, can do wonders for your psyche. It's refreshing to see new people, walk new streets and find local hot spots. After spending four years in Lincoln during college, we know the town pretty well. Thanks to a recent Haymarket resurgence though, including an arena and a Power & Light District-like entertainment district, the Lincoln we knew is almost unrecognizable.
That being said, some things never change. During a recent escape-de-Omaha, I just had to take my "date" for the night to Bread & Cup, which is by far one of my favorite places to visit in Lincoln. Think of it as a newer and smaller La Buvette. The wine list is impeccable, the dishes are delicious and the intimate setting is bound to put you in a lighter mood.
Instead of loading up with massive entrees, we opted for a conversation, which included bread, cheese and two "complements" - olive and tomato pesto tapenades. Kerry and I used to love visiting Bread & Cup solely for this tapenade they used to serve that was basically pure garlic. Your breath would stink, literally, for days but it was so worth it.
To ensure we had a little more than just bread and cheese in our tummies we also each ordered a salad. Now I know when I go here in the future exactly what I'm going to get. The meal was perfectly light and dense, providing us a good base for the drinking and fun that was to follow.
After dinner we headed to another old Lincoln favorite of ours - The Starlite Lounge. This underground bar is literally like taking a time machine back to the 1950's. Their cocktail list is a mix of new and old. None of the drinks have ice in them so they pack a heavy punch and for around $5 a pop you really can't complain. They also do a reverse happy hour, so if you're down in Lincoln after 10 pm, we highly recommend you stop by this dimly lit lounge.
To put a cap on the night, we went to Lincoln's newest music venue, Vega, to witness us some Man Man. It was a hell of a show, as is always expected with them. The venue itself has a few kinks to work out, but I'm sure that will just come with time. It's really nice to see a new venue in Lincoln as this was a department it was lacking in by far when we called Lincoln our stomping grounds.
So come spring thaw, why not head down to Lincoln for a night? If you end up having too much fun, there are always plenty of hotels to stay at around the area too. Trust us, Lincoln is a great place to escape to, outside of Husker season that is.