Nightlife review: Jackson Street Tavern is a great fit on a street full of goodness

By Ashley Strehle Hartman/World-Herald Correspondent
Published in the Omaha World-Herald, January 25, 2018

Jackson Street Tavern

Where: 1125 Jackson Street

Hours: 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., Monday; 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., Tuesday to Thursday; 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., Friday and Saturday; 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., Sunday

Info: 402-991-5637 or jacksonstreettavern.com

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Jackson Street Tavern, is on, you guessed it, Jackson Street.

This is one of my favorite streets in Omaha. Right across the street, you can find some of the best ice cream in Omaha (and possibly the world?) at Ted & Wally’s and some of the best beer in town at Brickway Brewery & Distillery.

Jackson Street Tavern fits right in on this street of goodness. It offers creative cocktails, craft beers and exceptional food.

The tavern serves more than a dozen specialty cocktails and martinis, all costing less than $10. They offer classic drinks like the Old-Fashioned and more creative options, including twists on traditional favorites. I ordered one of these.

I had a Blue Mule, a version of the classic Moscow Mule. These drinks usually feature ginger beer, vodka and lime juice. Jackson Street Tavern’s blue version adds blueberries to the mix.

The regular vodka is swapped out for blueberry vodka, and fresh blueberries are added, along with the fresh lime. Like all good mules, it’s served in a copper mug. It’s crisp and refreshing, and the blueberries add a bit of interest to the drink without being overwhelming.

Other cocktails and martinis on the menu skew more toward dessert drinks. Of these, the Jackson Street Float and Girl Scout Cookie Martini are standouts.

The Jackson Street Float features Bailey’s Irish Cream, root beer liqueur, Jägermeister, cola and vanilla ice cream. It’s $8. The Girl Scout Cookie Martini comes with Frangelico, a hazelnut liqueur; cream; peppermint schnapps and chocolate for $8.

If you’re looking for something a little lighter, Jackson Street Tavern has a wine list with about two dozen selections available by the glass. Prices are about $10.

Jackson Street Tavern has six beers on tap, including brews from their neighbors at Brickway and Benson’s Infusion Brewing Company.

Other Nebraska craft beers featured on the bottled list include selections from Zipline, Nebraska Brewing Company, Thunderhead, Kinkaider and Lucky Bucket.

Of these, I’d recommend Brickway’s Coffee Vanilla Stout. This rich, deeply-flavored-but-drinkable stout is a solid winter pick-me-up. It’s well-balanced so you can taste the coffee and the vanilla, but you’re not overwhelmed by either flavor. It’s one of my favorite local beers, and you can get it for $4.50.

Jackson Street Tavern’s food is the perfect pairing for this hearty brew. Their food isn’t traditional pub grub. For example, the nachos on their appetizer menu are made with ahi tuna. In addition to traditional bar eats like burgers, Jackson Street Tavern also has salmon and Angus steaks.

I kept it simple and ordered the California club. It’s made with grilled chicken, Havarti cheese, avocado, sriracha aioli, bacon, spring mix lettuce and tomato. It comes with a brioche bun and a generous serving of crispy fries for $13.

Visit Jackson Street Tavern already.