We took a short weekend trip to Little Rock, Arkansas the last weekend in February. We went with good friends, Becca and Will, and had a blast!
Our main reason for heading to Little Rock was to catch a concert, but we decided to make a weekend of it and see/do some other things while there!
We started our day by meeting up with Becca and Will for lunch at The Bulldog Restaurant in Bald Knob, AR. I had not ever been here before, but John told me as a kid he would ride his bike there for food & milkshakes. It’s a family owned and operated restaurant with a pretty basic menu, but don’t let that deter you from eating here because their food was wonderful! I can best describe it as a quaint little diner with great customer service. They’re well-known for their strawberry shortcake when it’s in season, but we all settled on some burgers, fries, and milkshakes which did not disappoint.
Our first stop in Little Rock was Lost Forty Brewing. Getting out of the car I was shocked at the weather because it was now sunny and 75, coming from 40 and pouring rain at home. Lost Forty had a neat wall mural out front that we had to get some pics with, especially since the weather was so nice.
The atmosphere of this place was nice, it had a rustic vibe. The seating was long wooden tables with metal chairs and they had lights strung/hanging throughout the room. Through huge windows you could see into the area where the beer was kept. They actually do tours as well, but turns out they’re only at 1pm on Saturday’s and we had already missed that.
After hanging out and sampling various beers, we headed to our hotel to check-in. We stayed at the Hampton Inn and Suites in Downtown Little Rock. The location was perfect for walking basically anywhere in the downtown area, and it was very clean and comfortable.
We then made our way to the River Market area, which was actually a lot less crowded than I had expected for a Saturday afternoon. Wanting to hangout and chill before our concert, we grabbed a booth at Big Whiskey’s. I had been here once before to eat a quick dinner, but we didn’t get any food this time.
For dinner John had picked out a place called Samantha’s Tap Room and Wood Grill, so we walk to it and get in the door just for them to tell us the wait would be 1.5 hours! I’m sure it would have been a great place to eat, but we didn’t have time to wait. Scratching that, we walked across the street to Brewski’s Pub & Grub to eat instead.
Brewski’s was a low-key chill and hangout kind of place, and we enjoyed it! They had several games set up such as pong, life-size connect four, shuffleboard, pool, and then they had a stack of table games you could choose from to play as well. It was only a couple blocks away from the River Market area, and we’ll definitely go back in the future.
Following dinner, we headed to the Revolution Music Room (Rev Room) for our concert. We saw one of our favorite bands, Whiskey Myers, and they put on a phenomenal show! The place was packed because it was a 2nd night sold out show, but it was fun nonetheless. We’d been wanting to see them for some time, but every time they came near us it was smack dab in the middle of the week.
After the concert we were all pretty hungry again, wanting an appetizer or something to munch on. Turns out most of the places in Downtown Little Rock were closed, and if they were open they were no longer serving food. We got back to the hotel and tried to get a pizza delivered and that was a no go as well.
Starving, we tried out the Uber Eats for the first time and got some McDonald’s nuggets and fries. This was my first experience with Uber Eats, and it was definitley easier and cheaper than all of us loading up in an Uber to go to McDonalds ourselves. The convience of having it brought to the door of the hotel was awesome! It was literally only five bucks to deliver, which I thought was totally worth it considering it was freezing cold out.
Waking up bright and early, we relaxed in the hotel a bit before heading out. John and I, living in Arkansas our entire lives, had never seen the Arkansas State Capitol Building. Since we were so close, we drove over to see it. With it being a Sunday, there were of course no workers there and it was pretty deserted. I got out and snapped a couple of pictures, taking in the beautiful structure of the building.
The Arkansas State Capitol grounds has multiple monuments and memorials representing various parts of the state’s past and present. It was pretty chilly out so I didn’t walk around and get pictures or even see most of them, hoping to go back on a warmer day in the future and see it all. But, we did see the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, the Arkansas Medal of Honor Memorial, and the Monument to Confederate Soldiers (which I did get a picture of).
After seeing the state capitol, we headed to Bryant, AR to see John’s best-friend, his wife, and their little girl. We hung-out with them a bit then went to lunch with them at Texas Roadhouse. We’d never actually ate at one before, so I didn’t get all the hype about their rolls… but my goodness, I probably had five!
Following our much enjoyed visit with them, we headed to the Outlets of Little Rock to do a little shopping. We enjoy outlet places much more than an actual mall. With them being outdoors and having the ability to step out and get some fresh air in-between shopping, it makes the crowds more bearable. It wasn’t too bad for a Sunday afternoon, most stores weren’t very busy. The area was large, combined they had around fifty shops, stores, and restaurants. There was also a Bass Pro Shop and Cavender’s, not connected but in the same area.
Tired and ready to see our Abby girl, we headed home. On the way, I stopped back in The Bulldog Restaurant for a milkshake since I was too full for one the day before. That was the best strawberry milkshake I’ve ever had!!! I also noticed they had some out of the ordinary milkshake flavors on the menu such as butterscotch, hot cocoa, and in the summertime they offer a peach one. Needless to say, we’ll definitely be frequenting that place more often when passing through.
Little Rock is a fun place to visit, and you can find something to do for just about every age group. If you’ve not had a chance to checkout my first blog post (about Little Rock) you can see it here. I have a few more recommendations on there!
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“And I was raised in this land, I guess that’s something you don’t understand.” – Whiskey Myers