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Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Dog House Saloon Waterloo, Nebraska -- REVIEW

Dog House Saloon
307 3rd St
Waterloo NE
(402) 779-3257

Earlier this summer I went tubing down the Elkhorn River, with Tubing and Adventures , and was told by the guy who runs the company that there was a great bar in Waterloo (but I couldn’t remember the name). I set out to find what looked like a “cool bar” in the half block stretch that makes up “downtown” Waterloo.

I see a place called the Dog House Saloon with a bunch of motorcycles out front, live music on the deck and a sign that says Pittsburgh Steelers on the outside. I think this was the place the tubing guy was talking about, but even if it’s not, who cares…it looks GREAT!

First Impressions: This place is honky-tonk heaven! As you walk in there is a cage for dancing on the right, a decent size bar in the middle and great people throughout the place. I sat down at the bar and was greeted by pretty much everyone sitting there. I love this place so far!

The Bar: Standard bar area. Good selection of just about anything you wanted. This is what we called growing up a “shot and a beer” place. They have signs for shots of the various “Bomb” variety, and there were plenty of people just drinking shots of whiskey too. So basically what I’m saying is don’t show up here and order a Cosmo….even if there is a disco ball in the middle of the place.

The Crowd: Friendly bikers, a Mom and her three kids, construction workers, women in their 20s…this really was a fun mix of people. To sum up the crowd, one of the owners (female mind you) told me that during football games this is the place to come if you want to “slam beers, watch football and yell at the TV!” I thought to myself for a moment and then realized…this is exactly what I like to do during football games! I’m coming back.

Service: Great service from everyone there. The bartender (who just turned 21), the waitress and even the owners (Dog and Jodi) made sure everyone had what they needed. Here is a very telling story about the service, apparently the waitress saw a few of the regulars parking their car (an older couple) and as they walked in and said hello, the waitress informed them that she saw them coming and already had a bucket of beer waiting for them at their favorite table. Now that’s service!

Price: Seemed to be about $2:50 a beer….I can live with that. There was a sign that offered $3:50 JagerBombs on certain nights…that’s a pretty good deal too. All-in-all the prices seemed to be about where I thought they should be considering the location.

Food: Your typical bar food. Everything that came out of the kitchen looked and smelled great. I was half-temped to ask the people next to me if I could sample their food. Hell, everyone was so nice at this place I figured they would have agreed to let me try some.

A/V: TVs throughout the place, a juke box and some kind of really cool-looking golf game that appeared to be Golden Tee on steroids.

Restrooms: Not great. Not unusable either. This place appears to be in an old building, so I wasn’t surprised that the restrooms were a tad bit dingy.

Bartender Chat: All the staff here are willing to talk to you about anything. But I will say this, the waitress uttered one of my favorite lines to hear at a bar of all times…(pointing at me she said) “his next drink is on me.” Music to my ears!

How Far Did My $20 Go: Twenty bucks, depending on how big of a lightweight you are, can get you on the way to a pretty nice buzz. Play your cards right, and chat with the staff, chances are you’ll get a freebie or two thrown-in as well….just don’t forget to tip well if you score a free one.

Final Impressions: Hmmm…am I willing to declare this one my favorite dive in Omaha-area to date? If not, it's pretty damn close. This place has everything you need including a great deck, great staff, fun owners, friendly people, reasonable drink prices…I could go on and on. At the very least it is a great place that, if I didn’t have prior commitments the night I was there, I could have easily stayed at from several more hours. I know this much, I plan to be a regular fixture here during football games this fall. I would higly encourage you to do the same.



  1. This is the Doghouse Saloon and we completely love your site (and your review on us!). We hope you come see us again soon and reveal who you are!!

  2. Just let me know the best time to come back and I will be there! I LOVE your place! One of the best bars in Nebraska!!

  3. Come check us out on Husker game day! Dog cooks up fantastic smoked meat with all the fixins and everybody shows up to support Big Red! This bowl game should be really fun so come join us!

  4. That sounds great! I will see everyone there on the 30th...I can't wait!

  5. Amber:

    Sorry I missed you tonight. Hopefully Dog likes the Terrible Towel I brought him from Pittsburgh.

  6. So six of us go out to celebrate a birthday, hearing this was such a fun, karaoki bar. Was lots of fun up until a drunk woman jumped on our table, kicking everything off of our table including presents and cameras, then proceeded to spill our beers as we hung on to the table so she wouldn't fall. We told her to get off our table and she bent down and said "if you don't like it, get the fuck out of the bar". Whoa! Come to find out, the drunken "lady" dancing on our table was the owner. At least the waitress gave us another beer since she spilled all of our beers all over the table including in my purse. Classless owner, was fun up until then.

    1. This happens there almost every weekend. Too bad, because I love going there to listen to the live music. You just have to steer clear of the large round tables. They will become a dance floor at some point.

  7. I'm sorry bout that insident but the Dog House Saloon is a good place. Good to eat there on Wednesday for $.50 wings best time to go is on wednesday and Chad Lee Sings on Wednesday night and makes it all better while eating wings. I give the Dog House a 20 for the best Bar in Nebraska!

  8. I would agree it is the best bar in Nebraska with good service and employees and the lady bartenders great job ladies keep doing what you are doing very good service and very nice to everybody very good place to eat i will keep going there for ever to eat wings on wednesday

  9. Am curious about the status of it being a true "STEELER BAR"? I live in the area and have never been there..Is it a place, as a lifelong fan to go and enjoy the game with other Die Hard Steeler fans??

    1. Well, the owner is a diehard Steelers fan, I even brought him back a Terrible Towel from Heinz Field a few years ago. To me, it has to either be owned by a real Steelers fan or have a ton of Steelers fans there in black and gold watching the game. I was born and raised in Pittsburgh, so I am very picky on any place I would consider a true Steelers bar.

  10. I stopped in there last spring based on the recommendations. I thought the guy and lady behind the bar were going to knock out some trim in the back every thirty minutes. Yes we stayed for a few beers and Jamo's. Then I about spit out my beer when she mentioned she was going to see her boy friend after she got off work. Then the bill.....$8 per shot for Jameson. I'm pretty sure the owner was sitting next to me and he confirmed the price when I said WTF and my tip was to not screw the customers that come to visit from the big O.

  11. Really good wings. The place.is awesome, just Wednesday they get pretty tight and unless you are sitting at bar or outside, waitress ignored us. After 15min of them walking by and said nothing we left,really disappoint ed... we keep going but had bad service past weeks on a row. Hopefully it gets better we are constant customer, like the environment, food.

  12. I have to agree with many people on this site that state that this dive bar is rough and the owner has serious lacking of class. She takes her clothes off, yells at her employees in front of customers and adds drinks to your tab, as if you aren't counting your drinks! She has a horrible reputation for high turn over, classless attitude, and being wasted every single night. Not going back. I will make sure people know how bad it is.