Nightlife review: Original Draft House serves up beers, sports

By Ashley Strehle Hartman / World-Herald correspondent
Published in the Omaha World-Herald, November 16, 2017


The Original Draught House

Where: 12411 West Center Road

When: 11 a.m. to 2 a.m., Monday to Friday; 10 a.m. to 2 a.m., Saturday and Sunday

Info: 402-401-6171,

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I’m going to tell you something embarrassing.

The first few times that I referred to The Original Draught House in conversation, I pronounced “draught” like “drought” as in a prolonged period of time without rain.

It is, as I’m sure you know, pronounced “draft” as in draft beer. Because of course it is.

Now that I’m clear on the name, I can talk about this sports bar on West Center Road.

As the name implies, The Original Draught House has plenty of draft beers with more than 30 on tap. This includes several local beers. The night I visited they had more than 15 Nebraska beers on the menu.

They had beers from Omaha’s Infusion Brewing Company and Brickway Brewery and Distillery as well as Lincoln beers from Empyrean and Zipline brewing companies.

I was happy to see that they also had beers from farther west, including a Moscow Mule Ale from Broken Bow’s Kinkaider Brewing Company.

One of my favorite Nebraska brews is also on the menu. It’s Thunderhead Brewing Company’s Golden Frau.

Thunderhead now has a taproom in Omaha, but I visited the original Kearney location years ago and have been in love with Golden Frau ever since. It’s a pale wheat ale brewed with honey. It’s delicious and it’s a good gateway craft beer if you’re used to drinking standard domestics.

Speaking of domestics, The Original Draught House has all the classics like Bud Light, Miller Lite and Coors Light on tap, as well as the usual imports like Guinness and Stella Artois.

The Original Draught House offers about 10 cocktails, all of them for $6, including mimosas, screwdrivers and flavored lemonades and punches. They also serve martinis for $8, margaritas for $6 and wine by the glass for $7.

During happy hour from 3 to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday, you can get $1 off any drink.

For food, The Original Draught House has all the usual sports bar fare — appetizers, salads, burgers, sandwiches and pizzas. Most of the food on the menu costs less than $15, except for the larger pizzas which cost less than $20.

I had the Cali Love burger with Swiss cheese, bacon and guacamole served on a ciabatta bun. I also got tater tots. I was impressed by the portion size and the crispiness of the tots, though I didn’t think there was nearly enough guacamole. The burger was a decent deal at $11.

The Original Draught House has food and drink specials throughout the week like Beer and Burger Night on Monday and wine and wing specials on Wednesdays. They serve brunch from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays.

Whatever day you visit The Original Draught House, you’ll find sports on its many televisions.

Typical for bars of this type, The Original Draught House has plenty of seating at high top tables and large booths, all of it with good views of the TVs. It is a sports bar after all — a sports bar with plenty of draft beers. Which is exactly what the name says it is. If you pronounce it correctly.