Nightlife review: Liquid Sunshine Taproom is a hit unto itself

By Ashley Strehle Hartman / World-Herald Correspondent
Published in the Omaha World-Herald, December 14, 2017

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Liquid Sunshine Taproom

Where: 12750 Westport Parkway, La Vista

Hours: 11 a.m. to midnight Sunday to Thursday; 11 a.m. to 1 a.m. Friday and Saturday

Info: 402-905-2050 or liquidsunshinetaproom.com

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Liquid Sunshine Taproom is attached to the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema. But, with its extensive craft beer list and creative food, the Taproom is good enough to stand on its own.

It has a sports bar theme, and it has everything you’d expect from a bar of this type.

The food menu has all the classics — burgers, wings, personal pizzas, sandwiches, salads and wraps. The drink menu is well-stocked with beer, and there are more than enough televisions to please even the most enthusiastic sports fan.

But Liquid Sunshine doesn’t stop there; its food and drink menus provide a better experience than the average sports bar.

The Taproom has a generous list of craft beers on tap — many of them from lesser-known Nebraska breweries.

I tried the Rode Hard Pale Ale from Ohiowa’s Lazy Horse Brewing and Vineyard. Ohiowa, Nebraska, is a town just over 100 people about a two-hour drive from Omaha. I’ve never seen Lazy Horse brews on a metro bar menu before, but I’d like to see them again.

Rode Hard is less bitter than traditional pale ales, and it has a noticeable but not overwhelming citrus flavor. It’s a good beer for first-time pale ale drinkers or craft beer newbies.

Other Nebraska standouts on Liquid Sunshine’s beer menu are a Kolsch from Broken Bow’s Kinkaider Brewing Company, the Fairy Nectar IPA from La Vista’s Kros Strain Brewing Company and the Popular Blonde from Hastings’ First Street Brewing Company.

For my money, though, I always recommend a pint of Vanilla Bean Buffalo Sweat from Tallgrass Brewing Company in Manhattan, Kansas. This oatmeal cream stout is chock-full of vanilla bean goodness. It’s rich and creamy, but still makes for easy drinking. Seriously, it’s so good. You should drink some.

If beer isn’t your thing, the Taproom still has you covered. It offers approximately 15 cocktails, most for less than $10. There are traditional cocktail offerings like a Moscow Mule, Old-Fashioned and a Dark and Stormy, as well as several tropical cocktails.

Liquid Sunshine Taproom also boasts red, white and sparkling wines, as well as beer mixes and adult shakes. The adult shakes are $8, and they’re a fitting dessert for a quality meal.

Liquid Sunshine’s food is a pleasing upgrade from the usual sports bar grub, yet it’s still reasonably priced. Almost all food items cost less than $15, but they have more creative and upscale options than most sports joints.

For example, there is a Brussels sprouts, smoked bacon and goat cheese pizza on the menu. You won’t find that at most Nebraska sports bars.

You also won’t find the convenience of the Liquid Sunshine Taproom elsewhere.

Located in the Alamo Drafthouse building, the Taproom ensures you’re never more than a five-minute walk away from the movie ticket counter. It’s never been easier to grab dinner and drinks before a movie.

Stop by Liquid Sunshine the next time you catch a flick, or just visit it on its own. It’s worth the trip.