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

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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

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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.

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