Yelp’s Top 25 Places to Drink is a list unlike any other “best of” out there. Sure, you’ll see your obvious local favorites on the list, but it’s also chock full of hidden gems and off-the-beaten-path joints like The Table Coffee next to the famous Drastic Plastic in the Old Market. From breweries to coffee shops — find them all in Yelp’s Top 25 Places to Drink in the Omaha area.
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Topping this year’s Top Places to Drink list is Howlin’ Hounds beloved coffee shop in the historic Old Market of downtown Omaha. With over 200 reviews, it is clearly a fan favorite for those looking to get a speciality coffee in a warm and welcoming spot.
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- Howlin’ Hounds (Old Market)
What they’re known for: Coffee, Pastries, and hosting events!
Yelpers say: Wow! What a find! A hidden treasure in mid-downtown Omaha!
If it’s out of your way, it’s worth it! If you’re in town, it’s a must! And if you’re from here, you’re damn lucky! It’s not your average coffee shop. It’s like walking into a speakeasy hidden in the modest façade of this stand-alone building on 16th St. When you enter, it feels like stepping onto a movie set of a vintage bar scene. Howlin’ Hounds is a unique place to mingle with the locals and pick up on the town’s culture, or casually take part discussing current news and politics.
- Beertopia (Blackstone District)
What they’re known for: Their large selection of fresh, craft beer for sale and consumption. Beertopia is well-known for it’s knowledgeable, kind, and helpful staff, and is a must stop for traveling beer lovers!
Yelpers say: “All things beer, amazing staff that knows more than you could think there was to know about beer. This is a must stop to stock your fridge or cooler. Do interact with the staff. Ask them to help choose something for you. The knowledge they have is impressive. Next the selection is amazing, always changing. There is something new to try every time you stop in. If there is such a thing as a beer God I am pretty sure they would hang out here. – Marc D.
- Zen Coffee Co. (Downtown)
What they’re known for: Hot or Iced coffee flights with their famous Belgian waffle toppers, as well as their spacious seating great for meetings and events.
Yelpers say: “This coffee shop is on point! They have very unique options, warm, iced, tea and coffees. There’s plenty of seating, with plants and tall windows. Lots of natural light! There’s a bookshelf in the back area with a couch. I had fun reading about my zodiac sign. I tried the coffee flight, which was perfect for my friend and I.” -Melody R.
- Banhwich Cafe (Lincoln, NE)
What they’re known for: Over 10 different kinds of banh mi to choose from as well as fresh baked baguettes and croissants, baked daily, frozen yogurt and bubble tea using real fruits.
Yelpers say: “One of my favorite spots in Lincoln for lunch or dinner. They have a huge selection of sandwiches, all the ones I’ve had so far have been awesome, and they’re super cheap. Definitely getting your money’s worth as the sandwiches have tons of meat and are very filling. The steamed buns are my favorite but they don’t always have them, I’m always disappointed when they say they’re out. I’m not the biggest fan of bubble tea but I like the ones I’ve had here. Highly recommend!” -Brian R.
- Stir Coffee Bar (West Omaha)
What they’re known for: High-quality coffee, tea, and small foods. Built on human connection.
Yelpers say: “This West O coffee shop is the environment we were missing. It is a great spot to grab a drink or snack and catch up with friends, to come in and get your work done, or interact with the friendly and inviting employees. Not to mention, their coffee is unmatched!! If you have yet to go in and visit this spot, you will not regret it!” – Michael H.
6. Corkscrew Wine & Cheese (The Blackstone District)
7. Amateur Coffee (Joslyn Castle Neighborhood)
8. A Hill of Beans Coffee Roasters (West Omaha)
9. The Table Coffee (Old Market)
10. Dundee Double Shot Coffee (Dundee)
11. Good Lookin’ (Midtown)
12. Bad Seed Coffee & Supply (Midtown)
13. Rally Coffee Co. (Downtown)
14. Spielbound (Midtown)
15. The Rabbit Hole Bakery (Lincoln, NE)
16. Gather in Omaha (Old Market)
17. Proof (Midtown)
18. The Other Room (Lincoln,NE)
19. Kaitei (Benson)
20. Harold’s Koffee House (Florence)
21. Site-1 Brewing (Midtown)
22. Myrtle & Cypress Coffeehouse (Gifford Park)
23. Wicked Rabbit (Old Market)
24. Piezon’s Pizzeria (West Omaha)
25. 712 Eat +Drink (Council Bluffs, IA)
Methodology: This is an all-time list of the Top Places to Drink in the Omaha and Lincoln area according to Yelp. We identified businesses in the coffee & tea, cideries, bubble tea, brewpubs, breweries, beer, wine & spirits, meaderies, kombucha, juice bars & smoothies, tea rooms, wineries, bars, beer gardens, coffee shops, beer hall, wine tasting rooms, and distilleries category on Yelp, then ranked those spots using a number of factors, including the total volume and ratings of reviews. This list looked at businesses in and around the Omaha area. All businesses were marked open on Yelp as of June 27, 2022. When available, all businesses on this list have a passing health score as of June 27, 2022.