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Omaha, NE 68134
PROS: Great place to shoot pool or play darts. Cute bartender. Plenty of room.
CONS: Deceptively smelly men's room. Asked if we were "the Fuzz".
First Impressions: There are quite a few things to take note of when you walk through the front door; several Australia-themed items (Including some AC-DC stuff), a ton of NASCAR memorabilia, and an honest-to-goodness fish tank behind the bar. It's much larger on the inside than it appears on the outside and sitting down at the bar I didn't really pick up on any sort of "vibe" (positive or negative) one way or the other. Fine with me, just seems a bit ho-hum at first. Not a bad thing, just an impression.
The Crowd: Fine enough collection of good old boy regulars. Not the most outgoing crowd, but not too afraid to start telling dick jokes to the cute bartender either. For the first time in a while, it was easy to tell that Speck and I were not going to really fit in at all. In particular, I noticed a dude five bar stools down from me that could not stop looking my way and thinking to himslef that I was up to something "shady". Come on dude, don't two strangers walk into your regular bar and start snapping pictures with an IPhone everyday of the week? It got so bad that this budding Dick Tracy pretended to play Keno for the sole purpose of walking up to me and asking, and I quote, "Are you the Fuzz?" A thumbs up ole Elliott Ness for just knowing something didn't seem right and doing something about it.
Prices: A mini-pitcher (plastic cup included) was setting us back $4 a pop. I guess that's an OK price, but the whole mini-pitcher thing is always a bit strange to me. If most people just drink out of the things, why not just switch to a big ass 32 ounce mug? In any case, it looks like they do have specials here on occasion like Jack drinks for $3.50. Check the walls for other specials including Red Bull drinks for $4.75, Blue Moon and the always popular PBR Tall Boys!
|Great for pool and darts|
Entertainment: Here's where I think Aussie's really is set up for. Two pool tables, including real pool sharks showing up with their own cues, and an entire back wall of dart boards...with plenty of room to throw for once! As far as I could count there are five TV's, a brand new Internet jukebox, and plenty of room to shake your moneymaker on the nights that have a band in the joint. There were a few other games scattered around the place too including a lonely pinball machine tucked away in a corner all by itself. Safe to say this is a perfect set up if you aren't the type that just likes to remain glued to your bar stool.
Bartender Chat: Nothing of note here. The typical pleasant small talk, not standoffish in any way, and like I mentioned, she was not shy mixing it up with the good old boy regulars when the dick jokes were getting slung around the bar a mile a minute. Q: What do you call a woman who loves small dicks? A: Hopefully your girlfriend.
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How Far Did My $20 Go?: Five mini-pitchers isn't a horrible option. Again, nothing outstanding about the bang for your buck, but you can do way worse in other parts of town.
Final Impressions: This is a tough one. Aussie's has just about everything you would want in a bar to hang out in for an afternoon and evening but somehow I just wasn't feeling it...that's not a knock on the bar necessarily. Other than the smell in the men's room, I'm not sure there was anything that I didn't like here. Speck gave the place a 6.5 out of 10. For our afternoon there, I would say he's right...but I just have this feeling we caught them on an off day. We both agreed that this place is Omaha Dive Bar Certified...but I'm going with a number just slightly higher than wingman Speck. In talking with a few a my Omaha bar insiders, they really like the place so that tells me even more that maybe I was just there at the wrong time. In any event, thanks for the tip Nicole!
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