Little Rock has a thriving nightlife scene comprised of some of the best bars in the South. No matter what atmosphere, specialty drink, or drinking experience you're looking for, you can find it in Little Rock. Locals and visitors alike can agree that these 16 bars are among the best in the business.

1. Best Wine Bar: By The Glass

By The Glass is a small tapas style wine bar nestled in the heart of Little Rock's prosperous Heights area . Their knowledgable staff champion underrated and unusual wines from all over the world. And as the name suggests, you can get pretty much everything on the menu by the glass - and usually for under $10! Customers give it 4.5 out of 5 stars on Yelp.

 

5713 Kavanaugh Boulevard Little Rock, AR 72207
(501) 663-9463

2. Best Beer Bar: Flying Saucer

The Flying Saucer is a funky, eclectic watering hole located in the center of Downtown, Little Rock. There are over 100 beers on tap and hundreds more offered in bottles. The dedicated regulars who have tried at least 200 of the beers on offer win a coveted spot on the "UFO" wall with their own name-engraved saucer. Yelp users give it a 4 out of 5 stars.

 

323 President Clinton Ave Little Rock, AR 72201
(501)372-8032

3. Best Sports Bar: West End Smokehouse & Tavern

West End boasts over 50 TVs, a full smokehouse menu, an arcade and ten pool tables. The atmosphere is one of casual camaraderie - so long as you're rooting for the home team! Yelp gives West End a 3.5 out of 5 stars, but most of the negative reviews are from people who didn't realize it was a smoking friendly establishment.

 

215 N Shackleford Rd Little Rock AR 72211
(501) 224-7665

4. Best Whiskey Bar: Rock Town Distillery

Rock Town Distillery is nationally recognized as the "2015 American Micro Whiskey of the Year" in Jim Murray's Whiskey Bible. The bar is small, but extremely popular and they hold monthly "bottling" nights that offer discounts and free pizza to those who come to help bottle the newest batch of bourbon. Yelp gives the distillery-turned-bar a well deserved 4.5 out of 5 stars.

 

1216 E 6th Street Little Rock, AR 72202
(501) 907-5244

5. Best After-Work Drink Spot: Town Pump

Town Pump is half dive-bar, half white-collar hang out, with a decent beer selection and a central location in the heart of Little Rock's Riverdale Neighborhood. Their Happy Hour is what brings locals pouring in after work. $1.50 PBRs and $1.95 pork rinds can't be beat on a hot summer evening. 3.5 out of 5 stars on Yelp.

 

1321 Rebsamen Park Rd Little Rock, AR 72202
663-9802

6. Best Dive Bar: White Water Tavern

White Water Tavern is the most notorious and beloved dive in Little Rock. Eclectic junk decor adorns the walls and the infamous full-sized canoe hanging from the rafters is set off charmingly by the twinkle lights draped all around the bar. The live music line up has ranged from classic Americana to head-banger and hipster classic over the years. 4.5 out of 5 stars on Yelp.

 

2500 W 7th St Little Rock, AR 72205
(501) 375-8400

7. Best Cocktails : 109 & Co.

109 & Co. has a speakeasy feel with its leather furniture, dark, cosy corners and specialty cocktail menu. The drink menu is entirely comprised of house specials that are made only with top shelf liquor. The prices start at $10, but you won't be disappointed. The creative and incredibly well executed drinks are worth the price! No one is surprised by the 4.5 out of 5 star rating from Yelpers.

 

109 Main Street Little Rock, AR 72201
(501) 374-3710

8. Best Live Music: Rev Room

This biker inspired bar is the go-to spot for Little Rock's music lovers. The Rev Room has hosted music greats from Andy Grammar and Of Montreal to The Veronicas and Casey Donahew Band. The atmosphere is dark, smoky, and very much a small-venue concert experience. 3.5 out of 5 stars on Yelp, but worth it for the die-hard music fans.

 

300 President Clinton Ave Little Rock, AR 72201
(501) 823-0090

 

9. Bar with the Best Outdoor Space: Cajun's Wharf

Cajun's Wharf is a seafood restaurant and bar located on the banks of the Arkansas River. The entire second floor is an open patio and bar with live music and a view of the river that you can't get anywhere else in the city. People flock to Cajun's, especially in the summer months when you can enjoy a drink, the view, and a cool breeze coming in off the river. 3.5 stars out of 5 on Yelp, but good luck finding a free seat on a July evening.

 

2400 Cantrell Rd Little Rock, AR 72202
(501) 375-5351

10. Most Expensive and Worth It: South on Main

South on Main is a relatively new bar on the Little Rock scene that drips with old-fashioned Southern charm. The bar-tender has been named Little Rock's best mixologist by multiple publications. Whether you order a Cosmopolitan or an Old Fashioned, you'll end up swooning over how they've elevated and perfected your favorite drinks. 4 out of 5 stars on Yelp.

 

1304 Main St Little Rock, AR 72202
(501) 244-9660

11. Best Local Joint: Capital Bar & Grill

The Capital Bar & Grill has been the bar in Little Rock for over 20 years. Located in the historic Capital Hotel in Downtown Little Rock, the atmosphere is retro-chic with quirky (and delicious) cocktail offerings like the "Bees Knees" and the "Knickerbocker." Yelp reviews give it a 4 out of 5 stars, but locals know there isn't a better place in town to relax and visit.

 

111 West Markham St Little Rock, AR 72201
(501) 374-7474

12. Best Day Drinking Spot: Chuy's

Chuy's is a Mexican restaurant located in the middle of West Little Rock. They serve fresh drinks to order, including their infamous margaritas - made with freshly squeezed lime juice! There's no better place to indulge in some midday Mexican munchies and margaritas with your friends. 3.5 Stars out of 5 on Yelp.

 

16001 Chenal Pkwy Little Rock, AR 72223
(501) 821-2489

13. Best First Date Bar: Vino's

Vino's is a Little Rock specialty. It's a pizza joint that also claims the distinction of being the city's "Original Brewpub." If you're looking for an adventurous, casual experience, Vino's is the bar for you. Try their "beer sampler" platter to spark up some sparkling first date conversation. Yelp reviewers give the funky brewpub a 4 out of 5 star rating.

 

923 W 7th St Little Rock, AR 72201
(501) 375-8466

14. Best Juice Bar: Roots Juice

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You probably didn't expect to see a juice bar on this list, but consider this a New Year's resolution version of a "bar." Roots Juices fresh presses all of their juices daily and they offer a ridiculously large variety of juice flavors and combinations, from classic carrot and apple juice to custom blended detox packs. In keeping with the "bar" theme, they also offer their famous "booster shots" to help get you through the day. Locals and tourists alike give it a 4 out of 5 star review on Yelp.

 

5501 Kavanaugh Ste I Little Rock, AR 72207
(888) 666-0290

15. Best LGBT Bar: Discover Night Club

Discovery (known to the queer denizens of Little Rock as "Disco") is without a doubt the best LGBT Bar in Little Rock. The club is only open on Saturday nights, but it stays open till 5 am. It's main attractions are the weekly Drag Shows and the three separate bars and dance venues. There are cages, stages, and staggered blocks to dance on and a second story balcony from which to watch the madness from above. It only has a 2.5 out of 5 star rating on Yelp, but that doesn't stop it from being packed every Saturday night.

 

1021 Jessie Rd Little Rock, AR 72202
(501) 666-6900

16. Best New Bar: Lost 40 Brewery

Lost 40 Brewery opened about a year ago and it's taking Little Rock by storm. The large, open warehouse bar room is lined with old-school arcade games on the back wall and a huge glass panel on the far wall lets you see into the brewery itself. Try the fried mortadella sandwich with your Honey Bock Ale - it's to die for. Yelpsters give it 4 out of 5 star reviews.

 

501 Byrd St Little Rock, AR 72202
(501) 319-7275