Happy New Year

Well, friends, we made it at last. 2017. Let the games begin!

I celebrated New Year’s Eve up in Omaha, NE with a few friends. I, the former New Yorker, was reminded that there are cool places to see EVERYWHERE; you just have to look for them.

In this case, the cool places were Laka Lono Rum Club and The Verdict Bar & Grill.

Laka Lono is a tiki bar located in Omaha’s Old Market (which, if you’re ever there on a weekend, is a great place to explore during the day — particularly for those who like to shop). True to its name, the bar features a variety of elaborate cocktails. Captain Jack Sparrow would love it here because, in this place, the rum is never gone.

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The view from my table

I decided to begin my journey with Beach Please, since I’m well-acquainted with vodka and elderflower. The drink’s bright blue and delicious; a very sweet one. Then I appealed to the opposite end of my alcoholic spectrum with Boarding Party, which includes the following ingredients: French Brandy, Sloe Gin, Absinthe, Pinhead Gunpowder, Aquafaba. Drink up me hearties, yo ho!

Thanks to my friends, I also had sips of Who Do You Do and Head Games — both of which were excellent.

Music plays in the background here, but it’s understated to the point where you can sing along AND/OR have a conversation with friends. Excellent work, Laka Lono.

My group headed to Verdict next, which is a place I’d heard about before from numerous locals. It did not disappoint.

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The view from the bar, with karaoke set up at the far end!

The bartenders here are phenomenally fun, and the environment’s that perfect combo of comforting and exciting.

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“Yes, I would like an alcohol, please.”

Everyone received a glass of champagne to help ring in the new year. I decided to do my best TIE Fighter impression (I had just seen Rogue One that same day) right when the clock struck midnight, which made a friend nearly spill her
drink. …Mission accomplished.

Happy new year, and thanks for reading,

Emme

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