Darts and billiards need to step aside and make some space for shuffleboard in the hearts and minds of Omaha bar patrons. This Midwestern city has embraced the game, and if you are in Nebraska's largest city, you can, too, by following this guide to some of the best places to partake in shuffleboard in Omaha.
Shuffleboard players try to slide metal-and-plastic pucks - also known as weights or shuckles - to come to rest within zones at the board's opposite end. Instead of using cues, you propel the pucks with your hands directly on the raised table. Scoring zones are situated at both ends of the table so that direction of play can rotate after each frame, or so that teams can play both directions during one frame.
The Elbow Room
4973 Center St.
Omaha, NE 68106
This classic dive bar located on the southeast corner of 50th and Center streets is an ideal place for shuffleboard, pinball and brews. It isn't fancy, as the unmarked front door will attest. You might not want to take a first date here to impress her, but if relaxing and winding down in an unpretentious atmosphere sound appealing to you, you just might find enough elbow room at The Elbow Room.
6135 Military Ave.
Omaha, NE 68104
This small, quaint dive offers ice cold beer, fun crowds and entertainment for Cornhusker fans, shuffleboard players and anyone looking for a good time without any pretensions. Also known as Benson's Neighborhood Sports Bar, the Fullhouse Bar serves up mouth-watering burgers and a selection of games that includes pool, darts and Keno in addition to shuffleboard.
My Way Lounge
2425 N. 84th St.
Omaha, NE 68134
Going my way? You might if you are in Nebraska's largest city in search of a fun and relaxing place to find a game of shuffleboard. You'll find it at My Way Lounge near the Benson Gardens neighborhood. What you'll also find at My Way is a cool outdoor patio with a fire pit, ping pong, beer pong, pool tables and dart boards. If you don't mind venturing into the industrial and very non-scenic part of Omaha, your resourcefulness will be worth your while for fun, drinks, shuffleboard and more.
6020 Maple St.
Omaha, NE 68104
This Benson neighborhood bar is a throwback. Don't look for chic, trendy or stylish accoutrements here. A large space with plenty of room for shuffleboard and pool tables, Musette Bar looks like it could have been right at home in the middle of the last century. But that's not necessarily a bad thing - certainly not if you are looking for a cold beer and a game of shuffleboard on nice, clean, well-maintained surfaces. Although the bar itself might look like a relic, the condition of the game tables and boards merits much praise.
Big John's Billiards
9819 M St.
Omaha, NE 68127
"Billiards" is on the billboard, and the place is replete with pool tables. But there are plenty of pinball machines, too. If you've come to this mammoth pool hall just off of I-275 for the shuffleboard, you'll find that, too. You can get a bite to eat and a cold beer without it taking a big chunk out of your budget, the jukebox cranks out an inviting mix of rock and pop tunes, and, in addition to shuffleboard, pool and pinball, you can play darts and foosball at this cash-only establishment.
While the lure for shuffleboard players in Omaha to get out and play in one of the city's shuffle-friendly bars (or dives) might veer close to irresistible, sometimes bad weather or a tiring day at work might sap you of the energy necessary to go out and hit the town. If that's the case, but you still have the urge to play, why not bring shuffleboard into your own home with The Shuffleboard Federation's selection of shuffleboard tables by Hudson, Venture, Champion and other brand names?