Walk into the iconic neighborhood bar The Homy Inn and there’s an unmistakable sense of nostalgia. Rare baseball cards, Beatles memorabilia and vintage newspapers line the walls of the quaint establishment. Originally named “The Homey Inn,” the name was shortened to “Homy” after all the letters wouldn’t fit on the original sign, but the name still serves its purpose of exuding a warm, homey feeling.

Founded in 1956 by the late Maynard Finkle, The Homy Inn quickly became a hangout for local hot rod aficionados and beer lovers alike. It was just three little words that really created a buzz: champagne on tap. Served by the pitcher or flute, it’s an attractive novelty that people from all across the country come to enjoy. Finkle was unaware at the time that his innovative idea would explode with popularity and put The Homy Inn on the map. In 1967, Finkle started putting up memorabilia to celebrate the Nebraska Centennial and found some of his father’s old newspapers dating from 1910-1970 to slap on the walls. Historical events including the capture of legendary criminals and natural disasters are preserved as long as The Homy Inn stands. In the 1970’s, the former Miss Omaha donated an arsenal of old restaurant menus that are tacked up on the ceiling and got free champagne for 5 years from Finkle for that favor.

After running the place for decades, Finkle sold the business to his son Terry in 1985. The younger Finkle has been at the helm ever since. Under his management, it has grown from a low-key lounge to an Omaha institution, frequented by both locals and occasional celebrities. Plus, if you run a $100 tab, you get a free T-shirt. What’s not to love? In 2006, Esquire Magazine named The Homy Inn one of the Top 50 Bars in the United States. With an incredible management team that includes bartender Beth Reilly, assistant manager Sean O’Malley and of course, owner/manager Terry Finkle, it’s a well-oiled machine. Plus, if you run a $100 tab, you get a free T-shirt. What’s not to love?

Open 7 days a week, Friday and Saturday nights are extra fun with the tables packed and the bubbly  flowing. The Homy Inn has survived all this time because it’s genuine. It’s the type of “dive bar” where you can sit back and relax while the impeccable service and cozy ambience speaks for itself.