Cubby's - Old Market


601 S 13th St
Omaha, Nebraska, 68102-3203
United States

(402) 341-2900 | map

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zeff80 from Missouri

3.03/5  rDev -16.3%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 2.75

This surprises me that this is listed here. It doesn't have much in the way of craft beer. What they do have is readily available everywhere (sometimes even out of the state of Nebraska). Most everything is in coolers, though.

Mar 29, 2018
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lambic3120 from Nebraska

3.96/5  rDev +9.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5

You know what Cubby's is? A hidden nugget of good beer store. If Brix and Beertopia have already sold out, head to Cubby's. Seriously. And if Cubby's is out *then* check the Hy-Vees. I don't know who runs the beer department but he clearly knows enough about good beer to stock brands like Cantillon, Jolly Pumpkin, and Mikkeller... plus all the normal craft brands like Odell, Ska, New Belgium, Sprecher, etc... plus quality imports like Bernardus and Wheinstephaner. In other words, you can get your rare beer here as well as a good bomber or six-pack. Yes, they do carry a crap load of BMC but this is a "grocery store" in the Old Market.

Prices might be a little bit higher than Beertopia or Brix... more in line with Hy-Vees.

Beer aisle service? None. Don't ask questions. Get your shit and check out.

So what is Cubby's? A gas station/grocery store/liquor store located perfectly for people in the Old Market, be it travelers or locals. This place is over looked as a beer spot. That needs to change.

Feb 28, 2011
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neonbrown82 from Nebraska

3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

As I was looking through the new BeerFly listings for Omaha, I just realized I forgot to review this place. Cubby's used to be a staple for me when I had a friend who lived in the Old Market Lofts and a girlfriend in the Harner St. Apts. Before I actually go into the review itself, I should warn you that you WILL be hit up for change by bums outside this place regardless of what time of day/night you go.

This was one of the few places to get quality beer in the downtown Omaha area that I know of, and the only one I know of that sells until 1:00AM (last call in NE) before it is necessary to retreat back to IA to buy booze (until 2:00AM). Even though you will ALWAYS be solicited by bums outside, the quality is actually quite decent inside, but make sure to check for your wallet if somebody "rubs up against you." This place is actually not quite as ghetto as I make it out to be, but I've had some interesting things happen at this place in all my years. It was the only place I ever used a fake ID.

The service is usually quite friendly, but I doubt you will recieve help in the beer department. The prices are a bit lofty compared to other places around town, but that is to be expected from on of few craft brew retailers in downtown Omaha other than La Buvette in the Old Market (which is very lacking in beer selection and closes fairly early).

The selection is pretty well kept, and standard for what you would see at most Omaha stores that sell craft beer. I would be hard pressed to name more than a few selections, but when I used to shop here quite frequently I drank New Belgium or Boulevard almost exclusively. Worth a shot if you are downtown and are too drunk to drive to a place with better selection and cheaper prices, but otherwise you shouldn't be too upset if you pass this place by.

Apr 12, 2005
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mlomaw from Nebraska

2.85/5  rDev -21.3%

OK, I live here, I shop here, but that doesn't mean I will stop lobbying for improvements!

Simply said, Cubby's is a glorified convenience store; it's not a grocery store (though you can get groceries here) and it's not a true beer/alcohol shop (though they have a decent selection). Cubby's fills a niche in the Old Market of Omaha; it's bigger and 'better' than a gas mart, it's smaller than a full grocery store, and it's a stopgap for package alcohol purchases. The thing to remember is that it is able to be all of these things becuase it is the only such establishment in the area and it is expensive!

There is a decent selection of beers on the shelves and in the coolers, but nothing outstanding. They tend to focus on the local or popular craft brews and quite a few German beers. There is no service per se in the alcohol department, though the managers and cashiers will attempt to assist when they can.

There just aren't many alternatives to purchasing beer downtown, the one other establishment that has (in the past) carried good imported beers (such as Duvel) no longer does so. So, it's either a growler from the Upstream or a six pack from Cubby's if you live in the Old Market and want to beer up for home.

Ideally, a grocery store would set up shop in/near the Old Market and the owners of Cubby's could then eliminate most of their groceries and concentrate on beer and alcohol sales. Anyone have a few million $ they'd like to invest in that idea?

Mar 30, 2005
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BuckeyeNation from Iowa

3.05/5  rDev -15.7%

This was the fifth and last stop on my just-completed GOBST (Greater Omaha Beer Store Tour). I almost didn't take the turn-off to go to Cubby's. I was on I-80 heading toward home and had just about decided that I had enough beer when I relented and made my last stop as planned. Cubby's is a convenience-type store located pretty close to downtown. The kind of place where people stop for gas and a bag of chips. They have a better beer selection than most such places however, which is nice if one happens to live or work in the area.

I'm sure it was the fact that this was my last stop, but I didn't see anything that overly impressed me here. I had gotten used to seeing Empyrean, New Belgium, Odell's, etc., beers that I don't see in Des Moines, so nothing really stood out for me. The beer has a small amount of shelf space and is in part of a long cooler, more than half of which is dedicated to soft drinks and macros. Bottom line: I had all the beer I wanted and left without buying anything. Decent selection and convenient for many (I'd imagine), but nothing to go out of your way for.

With the GOBST at an end, I headed home to chill and enjoy my many purchases. Final stats: 5 hours, 8 minutes; 287.6 miles.

Jul 17, 2004
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bditty187 from Nebraska

3.55/5  rDev -1.9%

Cubby’s is a small corner grocery store with gas pumps. It is located in downtown Omaha on the outskirts of the Old Market. This place is well suited for business travelers staying downtown who wants some local (and/or good) beer for their hotel stay or their ride home.

The beer at Cubby’s is located on the far back wall, straight ahead as you enter. Yes, aisle after aisle is full of grocery products but alas you arrive at the coolers of beer. Half is typical American macro lagers, mostly in cases. Sadly there are a good half dozen malternatives as well. However they do carry craft beer and they seem to maintain it well. The craft beer is always healthy and fresh.

They carry all five Empyrean Ales products in six-packs, Redhook IPA and ESB, Summit’s entire line-up and seasonal offerings, no IPA however. They have New Belgium’s entire line-up plus their seasonal offerings and special releases (like Kriek). Guinness Extra Stout, Young’s Oatmeal Stout, Ramrod and a couple others, Leinenkugel, Boulevard’s core line-up (such as Wheat, Porter, and Pale Ale). The prices are tremendously expensive. I’d say $2.00 more per six-pack. Ouch.

Service? Well… um, the checkout ladies are pleasant.

The selection is more than adequate but not worth driving across town for. However you can easily find a couple of six-packs if you’re in the neighborhood. The location of Cubby’s does have a lot to do with its inclusion on BA (the beer health and selection is noted as well). I rarely visit Cubby’s Downtown; it is not convenient or economical for me. But if you are visiting Omaha and you don’t have the means or time to get around the city then stop in here for a beer.

Dec 27, 2003
Cubby's - Old Market in Omaha, NE
Place rating: 3.62 out of 5 with 9 ratings