When the weather turns cold, there’s nowhere better to warm up than in one of Little Rock’s many bars. Some will have their own must-try drinks for the holidays while others simply offer their own unique atmosphere and the promise of a stiff drink (…or several!). Here are some of our favorite local bars and pubs to visit this winter.
Is there a more iconic bar in all of Little Rock than the Capital Bar & Grill? Located in the lobby of the historic Capital Hotel, this bar has been a local hotspot for decades. Their inventive takes on the classic Moscow Mule are a must-order (so is the pimento cheese!), but this time of year, it’s their award-winning, housemade eggnog that we can’t get enough of. And, of course, it’s not really Christmas in Little Rock until you’ve snapped a selfie in front of the hotel’s giant tree!
You can’t really say you’ve visited Little Rock until you’ve played a game of late-night bottle toss at Midtown. Located in the heart of SoMa (South Main), Midtown is the city’s go-to late, late-night hangout (doors close at 5 am). The beers are always served cold, and the burgers are exactly what your 1 am self has been craving.
The first distillery to open in Arkansas since Prohibition (Well, the first legal one, at least…), Rock Town produces an award-winning lineup of whiskeys, vodkas, and gins. Their always-inventive craft cocktails show off their homegrown spirits, and behind-the-scenes tours are offered daily.
No, you’re not imagining things; those really are plates on the ceiling. Each plate bears the name of a patron who tried at least 200 of the pub’s beers. Becoming a member of this so-called “UFO Club,” may take a lot of time, but we promise the journey is delicious!
Located in the River Market District, Lucky Lou’s is a neighborhood bar where everyone –even pets– is welcome. Its location near the heart of the city’s nightlife scene makes it the perfect spot for an afternoon drink or a night out with friends. It may be one of the city’s smallest bars, best friends and co-owners Laura Butler and Laura Berryhill make sure that Lucky Lou’s is always big on love and a safe space for everyone.
Even if the weekly live music, cheerful atmosphere, and good drinks weren’t enough, there’s nothing better than cozying up to their fireplace or striking up a game of darts on a chilly evening. Dugan’s fried mozzarella sticks have developed their own cult following and, even better, the pub becomes ground zero for Little Rock’s annual St. Patrick’s Day festivities each March.