Nightlife Review: Have a bloody good time at Benson’s Krug Park

By Ashley Strehle Hartman/World-Herald Correspondent
Published in the Omaha World-Herald, June 14, 2018

Krug Park
Where: 6205 Maple St.

Hours: 4 p.m. to 2 a.m. Monday to Friday; noon to 2 a.m., Saturday; 10 a.m. to 2 a.m., Sunday

Info: 402-932-0038 or krugpark.com

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At Krug Park in Benson, bloody Marys aren’t just another drink on the menu. They’re a specialty.

While most bars serve up one version of this classic drink, Krug Park serves up 15. They range in price from $9 for a classic bloody Mary to $12 for their The Works bloody Mary.

I got Krug Park’s Cucumber Dill Bloody Mary for $9. This is a bloody Mary for pickle lovers. It’s made with house-infused cucumber and dill vodka and the usual bloody Mary ingredients: tomato juice, Worcestershire sauce, lemon juice, seasonings and a hint of sriracha. It has just the right blend of spices to give it a kick, but it still goes down smoothly.

I’d recommend it. Though, as a bloody Mary fan, I’d recommend most of the bloody Marys on this extensive list.

No matter how you take your bloody Mary, Krug Park is bound to have one to your liking. They have a Bakon bloody Mary with bacon-flavored vodka, a smokier and spicier version that features chipotle and even a Caprese version with basil vodka.

Krug Park also switches up the liquor in a few of its bloody Marys. The bar swaps out of the traditional vodka for tequila in a bloody Maria, for Mexican beer in the La Michelada, for bourbon in the aptly named Bourbon Bloody Mary and for Bombay gin in the Red Snapper.

You get it. Krug Park has a lot of bloody Marys. But if, for some reason, you’re not a fan of this terrific cocktail, never fear — Krug Park still has you covered.

In addition to its generous list of bloody Marys, Krug Park has a large selection of cocktails and an even larger selection of draft beers.

The night I visited, Krug Park featured 12 spring cocktails, all for between $7 and $10. There are classics like an Old Fashioned and twists on classics like the Gin(ger) Fizz, instead of the usual gin fizz. The $7 Gin(ger) Fizz is made with vodka infused with ginger and strawberries. It’s one of the many refreshing drinks I’d recommend on Krug Park’s spring cocktail list.

If you’re not in the mood for bloody Marys or cocktails, you can always turn to Krug Park’s beer menu.

Krug Park advertises 62 taps of draft beer. There are local craft brews from Benson’s Infusion Brewing Company and La Vista’s Kros Strain Brewing, Company as well as beers from other domestic craft breweries like Colorado’s Boulder Beer Company, along with a selection of German and Belgian beers.

This devotion to beer is no accident. The bar is named after the former amusement park, Krug Park, which operated in the Benson neighborhood from 1895 to 1940. This once-famous amusement park, founded by Frederick Krug of Krug Brewing Company, started its life as a beer garden.

In more recent years, Krug Park’s beer list has helped it be named one of the 100 best beer bars in America by Draft Magazine from 2013-16.

While Krug Park’s beer list is, in fact, impressive, I still recommend the bloody Marys above all.

Because, did I mention there are 15 of them?