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Night Life in Little Rock

Nightlife in the Rivermarket District. Photo courtesy of Department of Parks and Tourism.When night falls in Little Rock, the fun is just getting started.  With movie theaters, comedy clubs, live music, and every kind of restaurant to offer, locals and tourists alike have enough to keep them entertained until the sun comes up.


No one wants to start their evening hungry.  From down-home southern cooking to the most upscale Continental cuisine, Little Rock has over 250 restaurant options to satisfy every palate.  Here are a few of the most fun and interesting places to dine:

  • Trio's Restaurant at Pavilion in the Park was voted Best Restaurant by the Arkansas Times in 2011.  Trio's specializes in making their guests feel welcome serving not just tasty food, but food that is good for the soul and the planet. Everyone has their favorite Trio's dish!  

  • Brave New Restaurant  located on Cottondale Lane serves a menu with delicious food using the freshest ingredients.  The restaurant overlooks the Arkansas River and has a beautiful atmosphere.  

  • Capers on Hwy. 10 - Cantrell Road has won been the recipient of Wine Spectators Award of Excellence six years running and recieved awards for Best Outside Dining, MOst Romanitc and others.  It is definitely a special evening restaurant. 

  • Flying Fish in downtown Little Rock is an unpretentious place to eat really good fried fish.  It's open every day of the week and the staff do not expect tips.  If someone in the group does not care for fish, the menu also offers chicken tenders, burgers and salads. 

Upscale dining in Little Rock. Photo courtesy of Department of Parks and Tourism.Entertainment

The Loony Bin Comedy Club, located in the Breckenridge Plaza on Rodney Parham, brings in acts from all over the country.  It has played host to famous comedians such as Dave Attell, Jeff Foxworthy, and Bobcat Goldthwaite.  With plenty of seating and a delicious, reasonably priced menu, the Loony Bin is the place to go for a light-hearted evening with talented performers.

For live music as part of a night on the town, head downtown to the corner of Commerce Street and President Clinton Avenue.  From there revelers can choose from several venues for a good beer, good music, and good fried bar food.  Here are a few ideas to get started:

  • Sticky Fingerz Rock 'N' Roll Chicken Shack, located on Commerce Street, is loved for its hand-rolled fried chicken fingers and famous names in music on the marquee.  Patrons who come on the night of a Razorbacks game get to watch all the action on all the televisions inside.

  • Across the street from one another on President Clinton Avenue are Willie D's and Ernie Bigg's Dueling Piano Bars.  At both places, tips in the jar keep the requests coming; dinner is served nightly and drinks are served throughout the performance.  Oh, and the audience is expected to sing along; those who often find themselves under a spotlight.

  • Juanita's Cafe' and Bar boasts great mexican food and the best live music in town.  Juanita's does its very best to book a live show every night of the week. 

  • The ¡Revolution! Music Room and ¡Rumba! Mexi-Cuban Kitchen are located on the corner of Cantrell and President Clinton Avenue.  The Kitchen offers a rum and tequila bar as well as an elaborate menu with Mexican and Cuban influences.  Diners can enjoy their food indoors or go outside on Saturday nights for "Karaoke Under the Stars."  In the Music Room next door, the performers may not be world-famous, but the talent will not disappoint.  On specified dates, a $10 wrist band will count for admission to Sticky Fingers, ¡Rumba!, and ¡Revolution! all night.


  • The Flying Saucer is a bar on President Clinton Avenue famous for its sheer variety of bottled beer in stock.  Choose from over 100 different bottled beers from around the world or opt for one of the local brews on tap.  Monday night is known as Pint Night; a pint of brew from the tap only costs $2.50.  Live music is featured at least two nights per week.

  • Grumpy's is a popular sports bar in West Little Rock on Green Mountain Drive.  It features live music from local artists several nights per week.  And with a projection screen, a well-stocked bar, and comfortable lounge chairs, Grumpy's is one of the best places in town to sit back and watch the game.

Little Rock is home to many movie theaters, but three stand out among them: 

  • Located on Colonel Glenn Road, Rave Motion Pictures is the newest, largest, and loudest cinema, with arcade games in the lobby, stadium seating, and oversize luxury reclining chairs in each auditorium.  Rave now offers 3-D pictures and Christie Digital Cinema systems.

  • United Artists Breckenridge Village is a more established theater complex in West Little Rock on Rodney Parham.  It has curved screens to display the current top 12 Hollywood movies.

  • Market Street Cinema shows films that receive acclaim at Sundance but never end up in mainstream theaters.  Art and Indie films are often shown here at standard movie prices.

Dance clubs

For those who just have to get up and dance, Little Rock has several clubs open until the wee hours of the morning. 

  • At the Electric Cowboy off I-30, country music with the occasional top 40 hit thumps in the background as dancers hit the floor.  For those who don't want to dance, the mechanical bull is available, as well as pool tables and plenty of TV's to watch the game.  For a $5 cover charge, patrons can stay until 5 a.m.  Ladies get in free on Wednesday nights.

  • Discovery is an inclusive club in the Riverdale area.  Though it only opens on Saturday nights, the DJ's pack enough entertainment for the whole week.  With four different dance clubs inside playing all kinds of music and two drag shows after midnight, Discovery truly has something for everyone.

  • Backstreet Dance Club, located around the corner from Discovery on Jessie Road, prides itself on being Little Rock's premier gay club.  With one "Combo" ticket, customers can travel back and forth between Backstreet and Discovery all night.  Backstreet features three bars for all-night entertainment.