By Ashley Strehle Hartman / World-Herald correspondent
Jerzes Sports Bar and Keno
Where: 501 Olson Drive, Papillion
When: 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. daily; food: 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Sunday to Thursday, 11 a.m. to midnight Friday and Saturday; Players Keno: 8:30 a.m. to 2 a.m. daily
Information: jerzes.com or 402-934-4394
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Jerzes Sports Bar and Keno in Papillion takes its Keno seriously. That much is clear from its name.
But don’t be fooled: Jerzes isn’t just for Keno lovers. There’s something here for anyone who enjoys a typical sports bar experience.
Jerzes, which is just a few blocks from Papillion’s Shadow Lake Towne Center, has all the sports bar standbys: cheap food, generous drink specials and a ridiculous number of televisions.
On the food front, Jerzes menu offers what you’d expect from an establishment like this: burgers, sandwiches, pizza and salads, as well as a decent selection of fried and cheesy appetizers.
Most of the food costs less than $10 and even the “Jumbo” sizes of specialty pizzas cost less than $20. They also have food specials throughout the week. Some of the standouts are 40-cent wings on Monday nights and steak dinners for less than $10 on Friday and Saturday nights.
The bar’s daily drink specials are arguably even more generous. On Mondays after 5 p.m. you can get pitchers of domestic beers for $5, and on Thursdays after 5 p.m. you can get $3 Long Island Iced Teas. You can also get pints of domestic beer for $2.50 all day on Sundays.
Jerzes has all the usual domestic beers: Budweiser, Coors, Michelob, Busch and Miller, some on tap, some by the bottle or can. They also have all of the typical sports bar import beers like Guinness and Stella Artois.
To Jerezes’ credit, they also have a few craft beers, including several options from La Vista’s Lucky Bucket Brewing Company.
If you’re not into beer (even though you should be), Jerzes also offers all the usual bar and grill mixed drinks: bloody marys, daiquiris and piña coladas, to name a few.
They also offer a selection of signature mules: a traditional mule with Smirnoff vodka, ginger beer and lime juice; a “Caribbean” version with Captain Morgan’s pineapple rum; and a “Canadian” version featuring Crown Royal whisky. All options are $4.95.
I went with the “Caribbean,” whose hint of pineapple was nice and not overpowering. Though, if I had to choose again, I’d probably go with the traditional mule, because there’s nothing wrong with a Moscow Mule done the usual way.
Whichever you choose, just know that since the mules come in pricier copper mugs, Jerzes takes your driver’s license as, well, a bit of collateral. You get your license back when they take the mug back. I’ve had to do this at a few other bars before, so it’s never really bothered me.
I also wasn’t bothered by the crowds at Jerzes. Though the place was fairly busy when I visited on a weekend evening, there was plenty of space to go around. I’ve been to quite a few bar and grills in the metro, and Jerzes is one of the most spacious ones I’ve encountered.
Inside there is plenty of seating at tables and booths, as well as at stools along the large, wooden bar. Outside, a generous-sized patio offers seating for those warmer spring nights. You could easily kick back out there and relax.
You could even play some Keno. They do a lot of that around here.