Little Rock has some great nightlife, especially downtown Little Rock. There are plenty of bars that cater to beer drinkers, and you'll find no shortage of live music. Anywhere on the River Market is a good bet for beer drinkers on a Saturday night, these are just the local favorites.
1. The Flying Saucer (Downtown)
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The Flying Saucers offers a comfy seating area, over 100 beers and is a favorite local hangout. The Flying Saucer is a chain of beer bars but it seems to fit right into the downtown area. My friend Michael gave me a quote about the saucer that sums up local opinion, "[the saucer] is never a bad idea for a beer drinker. Well, actually probably occasionally a bad idea, the beers might be too delicious."
323 President Clinton Avenue
Monday - Thursday 11 am - 1 am; Friday 11 am - 2 am; Saturday 11 am - 1 am
No cover charge
2. Willy D's and Ernie Biggs Dueling Piano Bars (Downtown)
There are two piano bars in downtown Little Rock Willy D's
and Ernie Biggs
. Both have a similar atmosphere and both are open until around 2 am. You can find a crowd at either one any Saturday night. Willy D's
322 President Clinton Avenue
Monday-Friday 6 pm - 2 am, Sat 6 pm - 1 am
307 Clinton Avenue 501-372-4782
7 pm - 2 am, 7 days a week
While they are best known for their slightly upscale restaurant, Cajun's has live music and "deck parties" on Thursday nights. Thursday does seem an odd night for a party, but that doesn't stop Little Rock residents. It's the place to be on Thursday. The restaurant just stays open until around 11 but the bar stays open late.
2400 Cantrell Rd
Bar: Monday Saturday 4:30 p.m until whenever
$5 cover charge after 8:00 pm
For the more Southern among us, the Electric Cowboy (formerly BJ's) offers country music (some top 40 stuff is mixed in) and line dancing. They also have a mechanical bull, the occasional wet t-shirt contest and other similar entertainment, pool tables and big screen TVs. This is the bar your mother warned you about. They are normally packed on the weekends. Caters to those aged 24-35.
9515 Interstate 30
Wednesday-Sunday 7:30pm - 5:00am
$5 cover charge
5. Grumpy's Too (West Little Rock)Grumpy's is a sports bar with live entertainment divided into four sections: projection screen television near the stage, dining area, sitting area near dart boards, pool tables and more televisions. It's one of the only clubs that stays open late in West Little Rock. 1801 Green Mountain Drive
No cover charge
Vino's is a pizza place, a brewery and a place to hear some great live music. Check their site for a schedule and to find out more about the bands (they're mostly alternative). Try their beer too. I hear the Firehouse Pale Ale is quite nice.
923 West 7th
Cover fee and hours vary, check the schedule
They call it a rock'n'roll chicken shack and that's exactly what it is. They feature mostly rock musicians from around Arkansas but do occasionally have some hip=-hop or bluegrass and some out of town acts. They do have a rather annoyingly designed schedule
that also includes the Rev Room (another downtown hangout).
107 S Commerce
Monday Friday 11am 2pm, 4 pm whenever; Saturday 11am-1am
Check schedule for cover fee.
Juanita's is a fun place to hear local bands. They have theme nights for rock, blues, reggae and more. You can even dance here. Check their site for a schedule.
614 President Clinton Ave
Monday 11am-9pm, Tuesday-Friday 11am-2am, Saturdays 11am-1am
Check the schedule for cover charges.
Discovery has 4 different dance clubs. Altogether there are 35,000 square feet of space inside its doors. Includes all types of techno, top 40, trance and bands for dancing. Discovery was once regarded as a gay bar, but has since turned more mainstream. You will see drag shows (specifically at 12:00 am and 2:00 am) and alternative lifestyles are welcome. Caters to those aged 24-35. Jessie Road
Open Saturdays from 9 p.m til 5 a.m (only 1 night each week)
"Membership Charge" (i.e. cover charge)
West End has pool tables but they also have live music and great food. If you like sports, West End has numerous television sets all set to different (sometimes the same) sporting events. 215 N Shackleford Rd
Monday-Thursday: 3 pm to 2 am; Friday-Sunday: 11 am to 2am