In the heart of Benson is Bärchen Beer Garden, known for having some of the best burgers in Omaha, is also known for being a dog-friendly beer garden favorite. They have a great indoor space with TVs for watching the big game, a fully stocked bar with over 30 beers on tap, and an industrial atmosphere perfect for hosting events. But, it’s their outdoor patio space that really steals the show! In fact, they have the largest dog-friendly patio in all of Omaha.
Bärchen Beer Garden was even named one of the 50 Best Dog-Friendly Restaurants in America by Happy Doggo. “One of the most dog-friendly restaurants in America,” the article reads. Their large patio space features lots of umbrellas for shade and huge fans lining the fences to help keep you and your pup cool even on the hottest summer day. They even keep water bowls out for the dogs to ensure your furry friend will stay hydrated throughout your meal. Since the restaurant doesn’t allow dogs in their indoor space, they have a separate entrance around the back for anyone bringing along their pup.
The staff at the restaurant are all dog lovers. “How can you not be a dog lover? They’re the best thing in the world,” says one staff member. When the weather is nice, they’ll have at least a dozen dogs visit their patio in a single day. The owner of Bärchen Beer Garden noticed the lack of dog-friendly patios in Omaha and created the beer garden with that in mind. The large outdoor bar was put in so that dog owners didn’t have to leave their pups outside while they went in to get more drinks. They can get another round of their favorite beverage with their pup by their side.
The Bärchen Beer Garen is also a great place for events! Host private parties either at their indoor dining or on their beautiful outdoor patio. Book an anniversary, bachelor party, rehearsal dinner, family reunion, holiday party – the options are endless for this great space.
Be sure to check out Bärchen Beer Garden’s happy hour menu, on weekdays from 3 to 6 pm. They also have unique menu items, like their famous Bärchen Burger and Le Bärchen Mac dish. They also have vegan dishes available. Come for the dog-friendly environment, stay for the delicious food and brews! They even have a limited menu that is available until midnight on Friday and Saturday nights. Bärchen Beer Garden is known for its soccer-watching parties. “Have fun,” says one of their social media posts about soccer, “and remember our only rule: win or lose, we booze!” And the best part is that you can celebrate your team’s win or ease the pain of a loss with your four-legged best friend by your side!
Don’t worry, they also play Husker football for all the Nebraska fans out there, too. Another fun event they occasionally host are movie and television-themed trivia nights. You’ll find trivia nights for movies like Harry Potter and Mean Girls, or for shows like Breaking Bad and How I Met Your Mother. This past fall, for Halloween, they even hosted a pet costume contest. The costume contest was hosted alongside the Nebraska Humane Society. They gave away fun prizes for the cutest costume, the scariest costume, and the most original costume. A fun contest for both dogs and their owners alike!
The name Bärchen comes from the German word for “little bear”. Bärchen Beer Garden is influenced by German traditions but is unique in its own modern American way. You’ll find a mix of German, American, and Belgian craft beers at their bar. They also have fun German dishes like their Warm Culprit Cafe Pretzels, served with beer cheese and German mustard. “Great Beer. Great Food. Good Times. Here at Bärchen, we’re about keeping it simple,” reads their website.
If you’re looking for a space to hang with fellow dog lovers and have a good beer, Bärchen Beer Garden is the place to go. It really is a hidden gem within the Benson area. You’ll be surprised just how large their back patio is and how fun it is to bring your pup along with you. The atmosphere is perfect for a night out with your furry friend. Plus, the staff will love your dog as if they are their own! Don’t miss out on this great pet-friendly spot in Omaha, Nebraska.