Nightlife review: Hit up Pharaoh’s for kickoffs, keno, karaoke and … kimchi?

By Ashley Strehle Hartman / World-Herald Correspondent
Published in the Omaha World-Herald, June 15, 2017

Pharaohs.OWH

Pharaoh’s Bar and Grill

Where: 910 Fort Crook Road South, Bellevue

When: 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. Tuesday through Saturday, noon to midnight Sunday and Monday

Information: pharaohsbar.com or 402-991-9000

* * *

Pharaoh’s Bar and Grill in Bellevue has everything you’d expect from a typical sports bar, plus a few surprises.

Located near Highway 370, Pharaoh’s is a spacious bar and grill with a decent-sized drinking and dining area inside and an attached heated patio outside.

They’ve got all of the usual sports bar entertainment: Keno, pool tables, electronic games and darts, as well as a karaoke area. Pharaoh’s offers their Off-Key Karaoke Tuesday to Saturday from 9 p.m. until closing time.

Like most Nebraska bar and grills, Pharaoh’s has plenty of televisions, and those televisions are usually showing sports. When it’s football season, they are definitely showing the Packers.

Pharaoh’s is a Green Bay Packers bar and they have the memorabilia to prove it. The primary color scheme in the bar is, of course, green and yellow, but there’s a bit of Husker red thrown in for good measure. (This is Nebraska, after all.)

The vibe at Pharaoh’s is casual. Very casual. Pharaoh’s is a come-as-you-are bar. You’re not going to get cloth napkins or craft cocktails here.

Pharaoh’s keeps it simple and their beer menu is a good example of that. Boulevard Wheat is arguably the “fanciest” brew on the menu, if you use the term “fanciest” pretty loosely.

At most Nebraska bar and grills outside of the metro, Boulevard Wheat is about as “crafty” as it’s going to get, if you’re lucky. That’s not necessarily a bad thing, though, because Boulevard Wheat is popular for a reason — it’s good.

Boulevard Wheat, from Kansas City’s Boulevard Brewing Company, is an American-style, unfiltered wheat beer. Hints of citrus make Boulevard Wheat a refreshing summer-time drink. It’s also one of the best-selling craft beers in the Midwest, so it’s not surprising it made its way onto the menu at Pharaoh’s. If you come here, drink some.

Remember those surprises I mentioned earlier? You can find those on Pharaoh’s food menu.

As you’d expect, Pharaoh’s has all the usual bar and grill eats — burgers, sandwiches, pizzas, tacos, chicken strips, wings and an assortment of fried appetizers. But, they also have something you’re unlikely to find at most Nebraska bar and grills: Korean food.

Pharaoh’s offers “Korean Lunch Boxes” which feature chicken or beef Bulgolgi-style (marinated and grilled on a barbecue). They come with sticky rice, pot stickers, an egg roll and a salad for $9.99. You can also add kimchi (a spicy pickled cabbage) for $1 more. Egg rolls and pot stickers are also sold separately.

Most of the food on Pharaoh’s menu costs less than $10, with the exception of a steak dinner and larger orders of their jumbo chicken wings. Pharoah’s lunch hours are 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday to Saturday and noon to 2 p.m. Sunday. They serve dinner from 5:30 to 10 p.m. every day.

Whether you want to get dinner, get your karaoke on or get your Packers fix in the off-season, Pharaoh’s has you covered.

Nightlife review: Plenty of reasons to kick back, relax at Jerzes in Papillion

By Ashley Strehle Hartman / World-Herald correspondent

Published in the Omaha World-Herald, June 1, 2017

OWH_Jerzes

Jerzes Sports Bar and Keno

Where: 501 Olson Drive, Papillion

When: 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. daily; food: 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Sunday to Thursday, 11 a.m. to midnight Friday and Saturday; Players Keno: 8:30 a.m. to 2 a.m. daily

Information: jerzes.com or 402-934-4394

* * *

Jerzes Sports Bar and Keno in Papillion takes its Keno seriously. That much is clear from its name.

But don’t be fooled: Jerzes isn’t just for Keno lovers. There’s something here for anyone who enjoys a typical sports bar experience.

Jerzes, which is just a few blocks from Papillion’s Shadow Lake Towne Center, has all the sports bar standbys: cheap food, generous drink specials and a ridiculous number of televisions.

On the food front, Jerzes menu offers what you’d expect from an establishment like this: burgers, sandwiches, pizza and salads, as well as a decent selection of fried and cheesy appetizers.

Most of the food costs less than $10 and even the “Jumbo” sizes of specialty pizzas cost less than $20. They also have food specials throughout the week. Some of the standouts are 40-cent wings on Monday nights and steak dinners for less than $10 on Friday and Saturday nights.

The bar’s daily drink specials are arguably even more generous. On Mondays after 5 p.m. you can get pitchers of domestic beers for $5, and on Thursdays after 5 p.m. you can get $3 Long Island Iced Teas. You can also get pints of domestic beer for $2.50 all day on Sundays.

Jerzes has all the usual domestic beers: Budweiser, Coors, Michelob, Busch and Miller, some on tap, some by the bottle or can. They also have all of the typical sports bar import beers like Guinness and Stella Artois.

To Jerezes’ credit, they also have a few craft beers, including several options from La Vista’s Lucky Bucket Brewing Company.

If you’re not into beer (even though you should be), Jerzes also offers all the usual bar and grill mixed drinks: bloody marys, daiquiris and piña coladas, to name a few.

They also offer a selection of signature mules: a traditional mule with Smirnoff vodka, ginger beer and lime juice; a “Caribbean” version with Captain Morgan’s pineapple rum; and a “Canadian” version featuring Crown Royal whisky. All options are $4.95.

I went with the “Caribbean,” whose hint of pineapple was nice and not overpowering. Though, if I had to choose again, I’d probably go with the traditional mule, because there’s nothing wrong with a Moscow Mule done the usual way.

Whichever you choose, just know that since the mules come in pricier copper mugs, Jerzes takes your driver’s license as, well, a bit of collateral. You get your license back when they take the mug back. I’ve had to do this at a few other bars before, so it’s never really bothered me.

I also wasn’t bothered by the crowds at Jerzes. Though the place was fairly busy when I visited on a weekend evening, there was plenty of space to go around. I’ve been to quite a few bar and grills in the metro, and Jerzes is one of the most spacious ones I’ve encountered.

Inside there is plenty of seating at tables and booths, as well as at stools along the large, wooden bar. Outside, a generous-sized patio offers seating for those warmer spring nights. You could easily kick back out there and relax.

You could even play some Keno. They do a lot of that around here.