Nightlife review: Good drinks & great food; Martinis, mules and excellent eats at Skyybox Grill and Bar

By Ashley Strehle Hartman / World-Herald correspondent

Published in the Omaha World-Herald, June 29, 2017

Interior.OWH

Skyybox Grill and Bar

Where: 6720 S. 168th St.

When: 3 p.m. to 2 a.m. Monday to Friday, 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. Saturday, noon to 2 a.m. Sunday

Information: skyyboxbarandgrill.com or 402-934-7060

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At Skyybox Grill and Bar in west Omaha, they put “grill” first in their name for a reason.

The food isn’t just an afterthought here.

Skyybox has the usual bar and grill eats — appetizers, soups, salads, sandwiches, wraps and burgers. Most of the food on Skyybox’s menu costs less than $10 and nothing on the menu costs more than $15.

But that’s where the similarities to most bar and grill food stops.

The food at many bar and grills in the metro is, well, just OK. At Skyybox the food is actually good. The fries are crispier. The burgers are less greasy. The servings are generous, but not out of hand in an attempt to substitute quantity for quality.

The food here is just, well, better. And the drinks are better, too.

Like you’d expect from your typical bar and grill, Skyybox has all of the standard domestic beers. They’ve got Budweiser, Coors, Miller and Michelob, as well as the expected import beers like Guinness, Corona and Stella Artois.

But from there, Skyybox’s beer menu gets bigger and better. Skyybox has a decent list of craft beers including options from several Nebraska breweries like Lincoln’s Zipline Brewing Company, Kearney’s Thunderhead Brewing Company and Nebraska Brewing Company, to name just a few.

Skyybox also has about 10 wines on their menu and a selection of martinis, specialty drinks and mules.

The martini selection includes a Cosmo; a Bikini-Tini, which is a beachy blend of rum and fruit juices; a Mai Tai martini; an Orange Julius martini, which is pretty self-explanatory; and a Millionaire martini, which features vanilla vodka, Bailey’s Irish Cream, Kahlua and Frangelico.

I went with the Millionaire and was glad I did. It was delicious, but I may be biased, because I’ve never come across a Bailey’s Irish Cream drink I didn’t like. It’s more of a dessert drink, but who says you can’t drink dessert first? It was a bit pricier than I anticipated at $9. Like many bars, unfortunately, Skyybox doesn’t list drink prices on its menu.

My drinking buddies skipped the martinis and sampled the Moscow Mules instead. Skyybox’s drink menu features four of them: an Omaha Mule, which is a traditional Moscow mule with vodka, lime juice and ginger beer; a Cucumber Mule that replaces the plain vodka with cucumber vodka; a Skyybox Mule that replaces the traditional vodka with bourbon; and a Dark and Stormy, which ditches the vodka for rum.

My friends tried all of the mules except for the Dark and Stormy, and the Cucumber Mule was their favorite.

Entertainment-wise, Skyybox has all the usual bar and grill options — Keno, electronic games, lots of televisions and a pool table.

They also have live music on Fridays from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m., and on Saturdays they offer yoga on their patio, along with a bloody mary and mimosa bar.

So, get yourself to Skyybox because their drinks are good and their food is good, too.

After all, that’s sort of what you want from a bar and grill, er, I mean, grill and bar.