By Krystal Webster
Check out these unique local pubs for the perfect night out on the town!
The Church Key
The Church Key hosts a wide-open lounge space filled with pews with a kitchen and a pool table area in the back.
The bar owners may not be ordained but to some of their customers, they may as well be. Dedicated to serving drinks and giving good advice to customers who are seeking answers, the duo has create a vibe for all types of bargoers.
1912 Central Ave.
McCue’s Nebraska Taproom
Looking to be “all Nebraska, all the time,” the taproom only serves alcoholic beverages made in Nebraska, having 30 beers on tap. The business also offers The Crowler, a machine that can seal 32 oz. cans of craft beers for visitors on the go.
Located in Kearney’s former McCue’s Grocery Store, the space seats 120 people inside and outside, and feature periodic entertainment for guests.
2008 Avenue A, Suite A
Thunderhead serves a delicious variety of beer handcrafted by an experienced staff of beer lovers! Offering a full menu including several specialty stone oven pizzas, start and end your evening here!
You can tour the actual brewery located in Axtell, just 20 minutes south of Kearney.
18 E 21st St.
Platte Valley Taproom
The Platte Valley is your neighborhood bar destination for incredible beers, great drink specials and fun times with friends!
Adams Pale Ale, Belgium Pale Ale and One More Hop IPA make the craft beer enthusiasts happy.
Their made to order pizzas are to die for!
14 E Railroad St.
Cunningham’s Journal & Cunningham’s on the Lake
Escape the ordinary and make Cunningham’s Journal a must-stop! Featuring great entertainment year-round with their indoor and outdoor stages, plus a full menu offering lunch and dinner specials.
A popular destination for locals, Ham’s has something for everybody!
Cunningham’s on the Lake is Kearney’s newest hot-spot! Located right off I-80, it’s the perfect place for your family get-together or date night. You just can’t describe a Nebraska sunset on the lake. 610 Talmadge St.
15 W 23rd St.
Central Nebraska’s home base for local/fringe music. Entertainment comes in all forms here from rebel country to metal to electronic.
The atmosphere is always inviting, the staff is always friendly and you’ll find all sorts of different crowds here. Host to unique events such as comedy shows and benefits.
1822 Central Ave.