A High-End Music Have: Serving Tasteful and Well-timed Fare.Jun 23, 2023 01:01PM ● By Sara Wiebold
Photo by Bill Sitzmann.
Starters: A variety of cured meets served with Midwest cheese, candied nuts, flatbread, and a with a cup of house jam (Cheese and Charcuterie) and sweet soy-glazed Brussel sprouts with wasabi almonds (Crispy Brussel Sprouts)
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Nestled in the Capitol District in downtown Omaha, The Jewell is a sophisticated music club that offers a unique and immersive experience for music enthusiasts and food connoisseurs alike. Boasting a fusion of captivating music genres, chef-driven cuisine, custom cocktails, and a remarkable ambiance, it’s unlike any other establishment in Omaha and stands as a testament to our city’s vibrant cultural scene. The location seamlessly blends with the Capitol District’s energetic vibe.
From the moment you step foot inside The Jewell, you are transported to an era of timeless elegance within this modern music haven. The venue’s tasteful aesthetic and intimate seating create an atmosphere that perfectly complements the essence of live music. The plush booth seating offers both comfort and intimacy, allowing patrons to immerse themselves fully in the performance. Whether you are taking in the scene from the bar or sitting stage-side at a table, the attention to detail with their layout makes it an inviting space to relax, unwind, and indulge in the musical experience. The maître d’ whisked us to our table, and I was enthralled by the modern artistic setting. I knew I was in for an experience that I had only had in St. Louis or Chicago, and I couldn’t wait for my night to unfold. From the sleek furnishings to the contemporary design elements, the venue exudes an air of sophistication and urban charm. The inviting atmosphere immediately entices its patrons to immerse themselves fully in an odyssey of rhythm and melody.
One of the defining features that sets The Jewell apart from a typical music venue is its commitment to culinary excellence. Its menu, carefully curated by a skilled back-of-house team, showcases a harmonious blend of flavors and textures that perfectly accompanies the musical journey. From delectable Brussels sprouts I can’t get off my mind, to a mouthwatering burger, the cuisine at The Jewell is a testament to the dedication and creativity of the culinary team. Our service was prompt and timed perfectly with the show, allowing us to fully enjoy our meal without having to manage around interruptions. The menu isn’t extensive but its intentional with its offerings, a diverse range of options that cater to various tastes and preferences. My guest and I went with a tapas-style dinner, opting for a side of Brussels sprouts, a charcuterie board, a burger (which we split), and a “liquid dessert” to finish.
In addition to the delectable cuisine, The Jewell also offers a well-thought-out selection of New Orleans- inspired cocktails. The talented mixologists behind the bar create concoctions that are as seasonally innovative as they are refreshing. From spins on classic favorites like the Sazerac, to unique signature drinks, the cocktail menu is a testament to the venue’s commitment to providing a holistic experience. In my opinion the tried-and-true French 75 (gin, lemon juice, Prosecco, or Champagne) is the perfect cocktail—balanced, fresh, and effervescent. Here, they feature it with a homemade lemon cordial and Hibiscus-infused gin. I have an admittedly high standard when it comes to this classic and was pleased to find all ingredients in perfect alignment. Gastronomists and mixologists alike say we consume with our eyes first, and every cocktail was as aesthetically appealing as it was quaffable. Sipping on a well-crafted drink while enjoying the melodic tunes established an upscale feel. The Jewell boasts a full bar, if you are looking for a lower ABV option or like to dabble in digestivos. The uniqueness of the experience was not lost on me, making it a memorable evening for all of my senses.
While not claiming to be an expert on acoustics, I found the audio experience at The Jewell to be quite enjoyable. This venue is thoughtfully designed to ensure excellent sound quality no matter your vantage point. The artist performs in front of a beautiful custom stage piece made of wooden acoustic panels that allows the music to resonate throughout the space without distortion no matter if it’s a full jazz assemble or a solo blues artist with an acoustic guitar. Each note was conveyed with clarity, enriching the listening experience for everyone in the audience.
Whether you are a music aficionado or a novice seeking an evening of refined entertainment, The Jewell is a destination that should not be missed. Offering an alluring escape into the timeless world of music that embodies the spirit of modern technology and culinary excellence. Immerse yourself in the atmosphere, indulge in the masterfully crafted apértifs, and let the melodies transport you to a state of pure sensual bliss.