Old Chicago

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Type: Bar, Eatery

2643 S 144th St
Omaha, Nebraska, 68144-3258
United States

(402) 330-9001 | map

Per Omaha City Ordinance, as of October 1st 2006, this establishment is non-smoking throughout.

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Ratings: 4 |  Reviews: 4
Photo of CuriousMonk
3.83/5  rDev +6.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

I enjoy going to this location whenever I head home to Omaha. Although this is not the same place in Tucson, Arizona where I spent the majority of my college days at this watering hole. This is your All-American bar/grill that is spacious, filled with sports memoriabla, great food (especially the wings, pizza, calzones, and burgers) full of courteous and knowledgable staff/bartenders. The Old Chicago franchise is known for its 110+ beers and its legendary "World Beer Tour" which took me about 9 months to complete. As a reward, my name and personal quote was engraved on a plaque on their "Hall of Foam" (in Tucson). An Old Chicago usually has over 20+ brews on tap and hundreds of bottles from all over the world - mostly mainstream and easily accessible however. Oftentimes, the Old Chicago establishment would serve up local beers from its state or region. Thumbs up for this place!

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Photo of woodychandler
3.86/5  rDev +6.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5

Transcribed from notes dated T, 04 Aug 2009.

My apologies to Hoffman and BDitty187, but these are not all the same, nor are they to be simply overlooked. I will seek them out and defend them whenever possible. I am like a Tareyton smoker in that regard - I would rather fight than switch. This review is for the Oakview location.

The doorway was center to the building with an outdoor patio on the right-facing side. Entering, the m.d.s. was to the immediate left with the bar area off to the right, past a wood and glass barrier. The "U"-shaped bar was a long blonde wood plank flanked by aluminum server's stations at either end. The end of the bar area had a green-felt pool table, a Golden Tee, and a Big Buck Hunter. In front of the bar were a series of high tables and chairs followed by booth seating. Off to the right of the bar and along the windows were more booths. The restaurant side was all booth seating, plus the lavs were over there.

Atmosphere: "Triple Trivia Play Tuesday" beginning at 2000. Had we known about this in advance, we could have cleaned up! I ended up helping a last place team next to us win some prize at the end.

Beer: I find it hard to believe that with thirty-plus drafts and one-hundred and ten bottles, you cannot find something to drink. There is such a thing as extreme snobbery, plus the local drafts at each location are not easily duplicated.

Final thoughts: I left this blank in my notes, but I know that I had a good time and so did my C/S host who brought me.

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Photo of hoffman
2.98/5  rDev -17.5%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 1.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

I will only write one old chicago review because they are all the same. I like the place, frankly because my wife likes to go there as well, I can watch a game and get a good calzone or pizza and I am not limited to SA, AB and Miller products as a strict rule. I enjoy taking part in their beer tour because it gives me a chance to chronical what beer I have tried. Typically the best brews are in a bottle not on tap and often the newest or seasonal picks are not on the beer menu. If you ask the server they will find out what is new and serve you that. If you go at noon and eat at the bar, the bartenders typically receive the orders or do the ordering and know what is new and fresh in the cooler, little did I know it isn't kosher to have 4 pints and head back to work for the afternoon. My mistake.

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Photo of bditty187
3.78/5  rDev +4.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

This Old Chicago is far too small for where it is located, on a busy intersection in West Omaha. I rarely visit here for that reason. Over my five or six visits the place is usually fairly busy with a good blend of shoppers, dinners, and drinkers. The dinning section is small and there is no division between the bar and the pool tables on the eastern wall. So if smoke/noise is an issue this might not be the best place for you. The décor is Chicago sports memorabilia and other Chicago artifacts with a few Huskers and beer knickknacks for good measure. There are a handful of TVs scattered about as well.

The wait staff is decent. I’ve never had much of an issue at this location. Beer knowledge as a whole is decent. Remember to ask for a glass… one that is not frosted or chilled. They have the same beers as the other locations. New Belgium, Boulevard, Empyrean, Odell, Sierra Nevada, etc… There are seasonals as well that are not listed on the menu; check the taps (speaking of taps there is about 20-24 of them). Visit the website for the list of standard imports.

The food is the same grub as the other locations. American & American-Italian dishes, everything from hamburgers to calzones. I like the nachos. Prices are good for the food. Portions are large.

Parking is okay; the lot is a little small. There is a good-sized outdoor patio seating deck but I never see people using it.

All in all, it is a decent bar to grab a bite if you’re in West O.

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Old Chicago in Omaha, NE
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