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Downtown bars show they've got game, too
By Cara Pesek
WORLD-HERALD STAFF WRITER


During the first game of the 2012 College World Series, the Blatt was the place to be.

The brand new bar and restaurant at 12th and Farnam Street's rooftop patio, which offers fans a view of the stadium, if not the actual field, was busy long before the sun set Friday, and the bar and beer garden on the main level, were busy, too.

"I'm pleasantly surprised," said Troy Ackerman, 40, a teacher at Papillion-La Vista South High School.

Ackerman has long attended the College World Series, and said he was excited to see the development of the Blatt and establishments catering to CWS crowds in North Downtown.

Bars with rooftop patios and garage-doors that open to let in the breeze on nice summer nights were especially welcome, in his opinion.

"We don't have a lot of those," said Ackerman, who normally said that during non-CWS weeks he tends to seek out divier bars. But likes a good CWS bar, too.

He was far from the only CWS fan finding his new favorite bar Friday night; many patios and beer gardens were standing-room only. Some highlights:

-- The Slowdown at 729 N. 14th St., converted its parking lot into a beer garden that had a live DJ playing dance-y, disco-y music, as well as food trucks that sold Chicago-style hot dogs and stuffed and fried sourdough balls called rounders (I had one stuffed with scrambled eggs, herbs and cheese that was delicious).

-- The patio at Goodnights around the corner at 1302 Mike Fahey St., offered a great venue to watch fans at the Blatt watching the stadium. Goodnights also wins the award for the raunchiest waitstaff T-shirts.

-- And the Old Market was ... not dead exactly, but not too crowded, either. A few people watched the game on outdoor big screen at 13th and Howard Streets, but plenty of seats remained. And seats were plentiful at La Buvette and other downtown restaurants.

Contact the writer: Cara Pesek

cara.pesek@owh.com    |   402-444-4052    |  

Cara writes about nightlife -- bars, clubs, karaoke, and other places people go to have a good time -- as well as fashion, pop culture and trends.


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