6 Downtown Little Rock Bars to Cozy Up in this Winter

Posted on December 13, 2021

When the weather turns cold, there’s nowhere better to warm up than in one of Little Rock’s many bars. Some will have their own must-try drinks for the holidays while others simply offer their own unique atmosphere and the promise of a stiff drink (…or several!). Here are some of our favorite local bars and pubs to visit this winter.

Capital Bar & Grill

Is there a more iconic bar in all of Little Rock than the Capital Bar & Grill? Located in the lobby of the historic Capital Hotel, this bar has been a local hotspot for decades. Their inventive takes on the classic Moscow Mule are a must-order (so is the pimento cheese!), but this time of year, it’s their award-winning, housemade eggnog that we can’t get enough of. And, of course, it’s not really Christmas in Little Rock until you’ve snapped a selfie in front of the hotel’s giant tree!

Midtown Billiards

You can’t really say you’ve visited Little Rock until you’ve played a game of late-night bottle toss at Midtown. Located in the heart of SoMa (South Main), Midtown is the city’s go-to late, late-night hangout (doors close at 5 am). The beers are always served cold, and the burgers are exactly what your 1 am self has been craving.

Rock Town Distillery

The first distillery to open in Arkansas since Prohibition (Well, the first legal one, at least…), Rock Town produces an award-winning lineup of whiskeys, vodkas, and gins. Their always-inventive craft cocktails show off their homegrown spirits, and behind-the-scenes tours are offered daily.

Flying Saucer Draught Emporium

No, you’re not imagining things; those really are plates on the ceiling. Each plate bears the name of a patron who tried at least 200 of the pub’s beers. Becoming a member of this so-called “UFO Club,” may take a lot of time, but we promise the journey is delicious!

Lucky Lou’s

Located in the River Market District, Lucky Lou’s is a neighborhood bar where everyone –even pets– is welcome. Its location near the heart of the city’s nightlife scene makes it the perfect spot for an afternoon drink or a night out with friends. It may be one of the city’s smallest bars, best friends and co-owners Laura Butler and Laura Berryhill make sure that Lucky Lou’s is always big on love and a safe space for everyone.

Dugan’s Pub

Even if the weekly live music, cheerful atmosphere, and good drinks weren’t enough, there’s nothing better than cozying up to their fireplace or striking up a game of darts on a chilly evening. Dugan’s fried mozzarella sticks have developed their own cult following and, even better, the pub becomes ground zero for Little Rock’s annual St. Patrick’s Day festivities each March.