Omaha Famous #44

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Sullivan’s Bar – A Touch of Class

I am sure at some point in Sullivan’s long history, it was quite classy. I can imagine Brando and Astaire, playing a gentlemen’s game of shuffleboard, before getting up on the ole’ soap box and singing Puttin On the Ritz’, and enjoying some dry, dry, martinis.

Today, it’s still a fun place to get drunk and sing good songs badly. And you are no longer required to wear a tuxedo just to get into the place, and personally I think that’s a step in the right direction.

Sullivan’s Bar is really the drunken cornerstone of the Blackstone district (with the other drunken cornerstone being Nite Owl) and every time I stumble into the joint I end up stumbling out of it a better, and drunker person. The karaoke is fantastic, usually hosted by Shafeeq Coleman, who is THE man, and is an extremely talented singer in his own right. And that’s one of the things I love about it, is that Shafeeq will watch a bunch of drunken fools get up there and sing some horrid mess, and then he will get up on stage and genuinely WOW the audience with his talent. It’s honestly a BOSS move, and very alpha. As a beta male singer I am both ashamed and impressed by the move.

And here’s the thing with karaoke, and I may have said this before, but if you are a GOOD SINGER, then great, bless us with your talents, and if you are a BAD SINGER, then it’s hilarious! And we want to hear it. But if you are somewhere in between there, it’s kind of boring and forgettable, and no one is having fun except you and your aunty in the back row who is so, so proud of you. Point is everyone should get up there and do some karaoke sometime, and Sullivan’s Bar is the perfect place to start (after a few cocktails.)