By Ashley Strehle Hartman / World-Herald correspondent
McFly’s Center Street Tavern
Where: 4503 Center St.
When: 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. Monday to Saturday; noon to 2 a.m. Sunday
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Neighborhood bar and grills aren’t conventionally exciting. They’re not supposed to be.
In many ways, neighborhood pubs should be just the opposite. They should feel comfortably familiar even if you’re new there. You should know what to expect even if it’s the first time you’ve walked through the door.
That’s what you get at McFly’s Center Street Tavern.
You’re not going to get artisanal cocktails and gourmet eats here.
Instead, you get exactly what you’d expect — drinks and bar grub at decent prices in an unfussy, homey atmosphere.
Perhaps the most surprising thing about McFly’s is its theme — firefighters. Fire hydrants, fire extinguishers, toy firetrucks and photos of fires are on display. A sign hanging over the bar proclaims that McFly’s is located at “#1 Fireman Way.”
Otherwise, McFly’s looks exactly like what you’d expect. There is plenty of seating at tables and at stools along the bar. The floors are wood, the lights are low and there are University of Nebraska at Omaha flags because all good neighborhood bars support the home team.
And because McFly’s also bills itself as a sports bar, there are plenty of televisions, both in the room with the bar and in a larger, adjoining room that houses McFly’s pool tables.
McFly’s also offers keno, darts and electronic games.
On the drink front, McFly’s offers all of the standard domestic brews and ciders, some on tap, some in bottles — Budweiser, Miller, Michelob, Corona, Mike’s Hard Lemonade, Angry Orchard, etc.
My drinking buddy and I ordered arguably the two fanciest brews on tap — a Boulevard Wheat and a Lagunitas IPA. They were each about $4.
Boulevard Wheat is one of my all-time favorite beers. The unfiltered wheat from Kansas City’s Boulevard Brewing Co. is a light, easy-drinking beer that is a perfect transition for people who are used to drinking standard domestic brands but want to branch out into some more exciting brews. Since it’s so mild, Boulevard Wheat is one of my go-to beers in the summer, but it’s good all year round.
I’m not a big fan of IPAs, but Lagunitas IPA is one of the milder, more drinkable ones I’ve tried. If you’re an IPA lover, it may be too tame for you, but if you’re just looking to check out this beer variety, this may be a good one to sample.
On the food front, McFly’s offers burgers, sandwiches, tacos, wings and more — all the typical food you’d expect from your local watering hole. They have daily food specials — most for less than $6 on weekdays — as well as special deals on prime rib on Friday and Saturday. The full kitchen menu is available from 5:30 to 10 p.m.
All in all, McFly’s is exactly what you’d expect from a pub that bills itself as “your neighborhood bar.” Its prices are on the cheap side, its atmosphere is unpretentious and, more often than not, its televisions are turned to football.
It’s a laid-back, Nebraska neighborhood bar — exactly what it’s meant to be.