Nightlife review: Winchester Bar & Grill is worth a visit even if there isn’t a zombie apocalypse

By Ashley Strehle Hartman / World-Herald correspondent
Published in the Omaha World-Herald, August 19, 2019 

WINCHESTER BAR & GRILL

Where: 7002 Q St.

Hours: 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. Tuesday to Saturday, 5 to 9 p.m., Sunday, Closed Monday.

Info: 402-331-9933 or winchesteromaha.com

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Have you seen “Shaun of the Dead”?

If you have, you may be wondering why I’m referencing the movie in a bar review. If you haven’t, you’re probably wondering what in the world I’m talking about.

Either way, don’t worry, I’ll explain.

“Shaun of the Dead” is a zombie comedy movie from 2004 in which the title character, Shaun, discovers the fact that though he is unskilled in most areas of life, he’s pretty good at killing zombies.

The majority of the film is set in Shaun’s favorite pub, the Winchester, which he believes is the perfect place to be during a zombie attack. “Let’s go to the Winchester, have a nice cold pint, and wait for this all to blow over,” Shaun says in the film, and you can’t blame him.

The Winchester is Shaun’s favorite hangout. It’s his home away from home. It’s got plenty of drinks, plenty of snacks and it even has a Winchester rifle hanging above the bar. All told, it’s not a bad place to wait out a zombie apocalypse.

It’s also just a good place to grab a drink, and that’s what the Winchester Bar & Grill in Omaha is like, too. Just like Shaun’s Winchester, our Omaha Winchester has plenty of drinks, good food and a Winchester rifle hanging over the bar.

Our Winchester Bar & Grill is just outside of Ralston, right across the street from Fun-Plex. It’s an unassuming, one-story building with a big parking lot out front and sand volleyball courts out back.

Inside, it’s unpretentious and casual — like so many of the bars back in my hometown of Columbus. It has plenty of seating at tables and chairs and along the large bar, a karaoke section in a back corner, a few televisions, electronic games, darts and pool.

Winchester Bar & Grill’s menu is stuffed with simple, small-town food like burgers, sandwiches, salads and all the usual appetizers like wings, onion rings, chips and queso and mozzarella sticks.

All the food on the menu is less than $10, and some of it is even less than $5. On the day I visited, I was able to get a cheeseburger and tater tots for $4.99. That’s cheaper than what you can get at most fast-food restaurants.

My burger was big and juicy without being too greasy, and my tater tots were super crispy, just how I like them. The Cuban sandwich my dining buddy had was good, and the Super Tots we shared as a table were delicious and came in very generous portions.

Winchester offers up the usual domestic beer offerings. It also had a Winchester rum punch on special for $5 when I visited. It wasn’t anything fancy, but it was nice, heavy on the pineapple and refreshing on a summer day.

All in all, Winchester Bar & Grill’s drinks, food and atmosphere make it a nice place to hang out on a lazy Saturday afternoon.

It’d probably be good during a zombie apocalypse, too, but let’s all hope it doesn’t come to that.