By Ashley Strehle Hartman / World-Herald correspondent
Published in the Omaha World-Herald, August 24, 2017
Union Pizzeria & Sports Bar
Where: 3636 N. 156th St.
Kitchen hours: 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday; 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday
Bar hours: Open at 11 a.m. daily (closing time depending on business)
Information: 402-614-2755 or unionsportsbar.com
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Just in case you didn’t know, Husker football starts next Saturday. It’s time to make your game-day plans. It’s time to find yourself a sports bar.
Union Pizzeria & Sports Bar, just off West Maple Road, is a good one.
They have everything you want and need for game day: good food, cheap drinks and so many televisions that it’s kind of ridiculous (but in a good way).
Their food menu has all the sports bar regulars — appetizers, wings, burgers, sandwiches, wraps and, of course, pizza.
Union has about 15 specialty pizzas as well as options to build your own. Most of the 16-inch pizzas are about $20 and most smaller sizes go for about $15. You also can get individual-sized, 7-inch pizzas, for less than $10.
Almost everything else on Union’s menu costs less than $10.
My friends and I tried a variety of sandwiches and wraps. All of it was solid bar food. None of it was too fancy, but it tasted good and was served in generous portions. It also was delivered very quickly — like fast-food-style quickly.
We visited Union on a fairly busy weekend night when the bar was full of families and small groups having dinner. It never felt crowded, though because Union is spacious and has plenty of seating. There are tables, high-tops and plenty of seats along the bar. There’s also a good-sized patio with views of a nearby fountain.
The vibe at Union is expectedly laid-back; this is a sports bar after all.
Union has all the usual sports bar entertainment, including Keno and electronic games, and their drink menu is packed with domestic brews at low prices.
Union has the usual beers on tap — Bud Light, Coors Light, Miller Lite and the like — but it also has a few craft beer options. The popular Infusion Vanilla Bean Blonde is on tap as well as a few of my other favorites: Boulevard’s Tank 7 and Big Sky’s Moose Drool.
Tank 7 is a Saison or farmhouse ale. It’s complex, fruity, and a serious brew at 8.5 percent alcohol by volume.
Moose Drool, one of my other favorites, may sound unappealing, but it’s good. I swear. It’s an American brown ale with subtle hints of coffee and cocoa. It’s easy to drink once you get over the name. My drinking buddy got a pint for $3.
Union has more than 20 craft and import beers by the bottle, including options from Deschutes and Zipline.
Union offers about a dozen wines, and their cocktail menu features about 10 drinks — most of them fruity and tropical. I got a Strawberry Lemonade with Stoli Strasberi vodka, strawberry purée and lemonade. It was $6.50, and predictably, it tasted just like strawberry lemonade, but with vodka. It wasn’t my favorite cocktail, but it wasn’t bad.
Union Pizzeria and Sports Bar isn’t about the drinks though. Not really.
It’s about the sports, so keep it in mind as football season approaches. It’s a great place to watch a game.